- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Abacus (9 March 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349141320
- ISBN-13: 978-0349141329
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.2 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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- #32577 in Crime, Thriller & Mystery (Books)
Black Widow: Award-Winning Crime Novel of the Year (Jack Parlabane) Paperback – 9 Mar 2017
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Exceptionally good - a knotty mystery that's not just richly, provocatively political but one of the most perceptive excavations of a dysfunctional marriage I can remember reading.... Brookmyre plays a cunning, careful game
I didn't know what was going to happen next in this epic thriller. I urge you to read it, too
It's a tour de force. It's such an important book, with fantastic characters - a really strong novel ... It keeps us guessing not just who did it, but why they did it, and cements Chris's place in the pantheon of great crime writers.
The story's characters are compelling and the mystery is evoked with scalpel-like precision
This is mystery plotting at its highest level, all the disparate strands forming into a web and then into a knot that tightens around victim, detective and reader
It's only as you're racing through the final tense pages, full of betrayal, revenge and shocking revelations, that you realise the brilliance behind the construction of this utterly compulsive, whipsmart thriller
A gripping, complex and classy crime novel.
Twists abound in the brilliant multi-award-nominated psychological thriller from master author Chris Brookmyre - perfect for readers of The Girl on the Train and Disclaimer.See all Product description
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Jack is a failed journalist, looking to redeem himself following some rather illegal methods to research a story. Though he's the series protagonist, we hear/see relatively little of Jack during much of the early goings on of BW. This is a good thing - Brookmyre does a very nice job of introducing and developing the other characters in his novels. The focus in BW is on Dr. Diana Jager, a surgeon whose husband's remains are still unrecovered following a car crash into a nearby river. Dr. Jager is not a lovable person and she has a bit of a history; she eventually becomes the prime suspect. The opening chapters are interwoven with details of the police investigation, sparked by two constables who answered the initial callout. The investigation is going nowhere, so Lucy, the victim's sister, contacts Jack and asks him to look into it. After a few days, Jack reports back that there are some oddities but all accidental deaths have oddities so he's dropping it. Lucy, described by Dr. Jager as resembling an ageing goth, leans over their lunch table and kisses Jack who then changes his mind. Say what????
In flashback, Dr. Jager is sharing all the things she is learning about her husband of six months, and they're not good. Meanwhile, Jack is detecting further and uncovering unexpected stuff, using the same methods that wrecked his career in the first place. Lots of tension, lots of interesting turns. A good read. From the first few pages we know that the story is building to a courtroom ending. Then the last several pages, with more twists than a bakery.
So, a good book. 4 1/2 stars - there were a few minor disappointments....It has become de rigueur these days for the series hero to have baggage. I used to read Mo Hayder and her hero was racked by guilt over the kidnapping of his brother years ago, book after book this came up. Deon Meyer's Bennie Greisl drinks, goes on the wagon, falls off the wagon, hides mini booze bottles etc. Rankin's Rebus used to drink like a fish but now there's another form of baggage - three competing gangstas looking to take over Edinburgh illicit activities. And Parlabane, he has finally gotten his divorce papers from Sarah. But he still ruminates over Sarah, ALL the time. What's common about these threads? They go on way too long and become Boring. I quit Hayder. I won't read another Rebus if "Big Ger" is in it, and ditto for the others. Parlabane falls in love as easily and often as a third grader. Throughout BW his thoughts kept flipping from Sarah to Lucy to whomever from "Dead Girl". Grow up, Jack; if I want a Young Adult love story, I'll buy a YA novel. And I'll read the next Parlabane but if there's more than a dozen Sarah references we're through for good.