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Want You Gone

On sale

25th January 2018

Price: £9.99

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, 2018

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349141336

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The eighth book in the Jack Parlabane series, from author Christopher Brookmyre.

The award-winning, million-selling author of Black Widow brings a twist-filled story of secrets and lies.

What if your deepest secret was revealed?

Sam Morpeth is growing up way too fast, left to fend for a younger sister when their mother goes to prison and watching her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her.

Who would you turn to?

Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane has finally got his career back on track, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile, criminal source. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything.

What would you be capable of?

Thrown together by a vindictive and mysterious mutual enemy, Sam and Jack are about to discover they might be each other’s only hope.


Entertaining... nothing is allowed to sap the pace of the action.
Carl Hiaasen
A sharp and funny writer
Sunday Times
A thriller combining its author's storytelling verve with a bravura display of technical know-how. (Thriller of the Month)
John Gilstrap
The most compelling thriller I've read all year
Mystery Scene
Brookmyre is a master of creating tension... I was up all night reading this book.
Chris Brookmyre has scaled new heights of invention.
[A] fast-paced, action-packed, twisty thriller . . . expect tension, suspense, impeccable plotting and scary possibilities.
Chris High
Pacey, gripping, absorbing, enthralling and all the other superlatives you can throw its way, Chris Brookmyre's Want You Gone is an absolute treat from beginning to end.
Diana Gabaldon
Want You Gone is vintage Brookmyre - equal parts adrenaline and empathy, a plot that opens out like a Japanese flower dropped in hot water, and characters so real you want to reach through the page and save them.
Crime Fiction Lover
It storms along with revelations aplenty. Brookmyre takes all the plot strands and twists them one way then the other.
Washington Post
One of the most ingenious thrillers I've read in a long time.
Peterborough Telegraph
This book's a rush.
Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Sleepers and The Wolf
Pure literary dynamite