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Quite Ugly One Morning

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20th June 2024

Price: £10.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349108858

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This is story of murder, corruption and sin. And that’s just the hero.

Every great story begins with something unspeakable . . . the first Jack Parlabane thriller, from multi-award-winning author Chris Brookmyre.


Yeah, yeah, the usual. A crime. A corpse. A killer. Heard it. Except this stiff happens to be a Ponsonby, scion of a venerable Edinburgh medical clan, and the manner of his death speaks of unspeakable things.

Why is the body displayed like a slice of beef? How come his hands are digitally challenged? And if it’s not the corpse, what is that awful smell?

Quite Ugly One Morning is a wickedly entertaining and vivacious thriller, full of acerbic wit, cracking dialogue and villains both reputed and shell-suited, and heralds the arrival of a crime fiction legend, journalist Jack Parlabane.

‘A lean, nasty, fun little page-turner’
New York Times

‘Brookmyre is always a class act’
The Observer

‘A sharp, funny novel’
TLS

‘A wicked satire’
Scotsman

Reviews

THE SCOTSMAN
A wicked satire...excellent plotting and a goodly amount of acidic one-liners
Scotsman
A wicked satire...excellent plotting and a goodly amount of acidic one-liners
Publishers Weekly
Christopher Brookmyre's wild and wildly funny debut crime novel
TLS
A sharp, funny novel, with strong characters and some smart dialogue
ESQUIRE
Thrillingly unpleasant
Scotsman
A wicked satire...excellent plotting and a goodly amount of acidic one-liners
ESQUIRE
a great title and a thrillingly unpleasant murder mytery.
New York Times
A lean, nasty, fun little page-turner that unfolds in a world where such abilities can come in handy
New York Times
A lean, nasty, fun little page-turner that unfolds in a world where such abilities can come in handy
Esquire
A great title and a thrillingly unpleasant murder mystery
TLS
A sharp, funny novel, with strong characters and some smart dialogue
Publishers Weekly
Christopher Brookmyre's wild and wildly funny debut crime novel
TLS
A sharp, funny novel, with strong characters and some smart dialogue
Esquire
A great title and a thrillingly unpleasant murder mystery