Thursday, May 28, 2020

Top ten Scottish crime novels

Craig Robertson is the author of Random, Snapshot, Cold Grave, The Last Refuge, Witness The Dead, Murderabilia, The Photographer, and the new novel, Watch Him Die.

At the Guardian he tagged ten top "Scottish crime novels driven by issues of duality, redemption, the nature of good and evil, and a dark, dark, humour," including:
Quite Ugly One Morning by Chris Brookmyre

It almost seems wrong choosing an early Brookmyre when he’s gone on to write a succession of sophisticated novels exploring the human psyche, but there remains an irresistible, rebellious energy about Quite Ugly that defies comparison. It established his singular, scabrous voice and introduced us to Jack Parlabane, his most used and abused character. Part satire, part mystery and wholly, hilariously engrossing, it is laced with razor-sharp social commentary that pulls no punches. It starts with a jobby on a dead man’s mantelpiece and goes uphill from there.
Read about another entry on the list.

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