(born September 1968 -) - Glasgow
Football, religion, a dark and sometimes violent sense of humour are the hallmarks of Christopher Brookmyre’s novels. Born and educated in Glasgow, Brookmyre has worked for the film magazine Screen International, and as sub-editor for The Scotsman and the Edinburgh Evening News.
His first novel, the satirical Quite Ugly One Morning won the inaugural Critics' First Blood Award in 1996 (for Best First Crime Novel of the Year) and was the first in a series of novels featuring investigative journalist Jack Parlabane. Parlabane also featured in Boiling a Frog, which won the 2000 Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective. He now writes under the name Chris Brookmyre, and his most recent novel is Where the Bodies are Buried.
In 2010 Brookmyre was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Edinburgh Napier University. He is President of the Humanist Society of Scotland.
- Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks - Paperback
Jack Parlabane is dead. Or is he? In an unlikely twist of the democratic process, he had been elected Rector of Glasgow's Kelvin University, taking over the post from the celebrity para-psychologist Gabrielle Lafayette.
- Add to BasketBedlam - Hardback
Heaven is a prison. Hell is a playground. Would it be your ultimate fantasy to enter the world of a video game? A realm where you don't have to go to work or worry about your health; where you can look like a hero or a goddess; where you can fly space-ships, slay dragons, yet all of it feels completely real. A realm where there are no consequences and no responsibilities. Or would it be your worst nightmare? Stuck in an endless state of war and chaos where the pain and fear feels real and from which not even death can offer an escape. Prison or playground. Heaven or hell. This is where you find out. This is white-knuckle action, sprawling adventure, merciless satire and outrageous humour like you've never experienced. This is 'Bedlam'.
- Be My Enemy - Paperback
Journalist Jack Parlabane has been invited to a 'team-building' weekend in the Highlands for lawyers, advertising execs and businessmen. There are stalkers in the forest, power cuts in the night and mass mobile phone thefts. But, when the first body is found, things begin to get a little more serious.
- A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away - Paperback
When they were students, Ray and Simon had dreams about becoming rock stars. Now in their mid-thirties they have to accept the less glamorous hands reality has dealt them. Everyone needs to find a way of coping and for Simon it's serial murder.
- Boiling A Frog - Paperback
This new thriller and political satire featuring Jack Parlabane, the investigative journalist, contains a lot of body fluids, the Establishment at its most corrupt, relatively few dead bodies and a display of black humour.
- Country Of The Blind - Paperback
A media mogul is murdered in his country mansion, apparently by a gang of would-be thieves. But, back in Edinburgh, a solicitor reveals to the press that one of the subjects had left a letter with her some time before which proves his innocence.
- One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night - Paperback
Gavin's idea for a unique holiday experience involves a disused North Sea oil platform and facilities that would take your breath away. He invites old school chums along to test it but unfortunately a group of terrorists come along too!
- Pandaemonium - Paperback
The senior pupils of St Peter's High School are on retreat to a secluded outdoor activity centre, coming to terms with the murder of a fellow pupil. Not so far away, the commanders of a top-secret military experiment fear they may have unleashed the forces of Hell. Two very different worlds are on a collision course.
A debut novel from Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre, this thriller exposes the horrific possibilities of corruption within the reformed National Health Service.
- The Sacred Art Of Stealing - Paperback
Their eyes met across a crowded room. He is an art-thief par excellence and she is a connoisseur of crooks. Her job is to hunt him to extinction, his is to avoid being caught and he also has a secret agenda more valuable than anything he might steal.
- Add to BasketA Snowball In Hell - Hardback
If society has the B-list celebrities it deserves, it now has a killer to match. Except that Simon Darcourt is a great deal more successful in his career choice than the average talent show contestant. He's also got the media taped by the simple expedient of bypassing them completely and posting his killings on the Internet.
- A Tale Etched In Blood And Hard Black Pencil - Paperback
Does knowing someone since childhood enable one to know who is capable of killing in adulthood? Or is there some nugget in their shared experience which explains the murder scene in the hills outside Glasgow?
- Add to BasketWhen The Devil Drives - Paperback
Is the devil merely the name we give the worst in ourselves? When private investigator Jasmine Sharp is hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who has vanished without trace, it becomes increasingly clear that there are those who want her to stay that way.
- Add to BasketWhere The Bodies Are Buried - Hardback
Detective Catherine McLeod recognises that the discovery of a dead drug-dealer in a back alley is merely a portent of further deaths to come. Elsewhere, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is reluctantly earning a crust working for her uncle Jim's private investigation business. When Jim goes missing, Jasmine has to investigate for real.
- Quite Ugly One Morning - 1996
- Country of the Blind - 1997
- Not the End of the World - 1998
- One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night - 1999
- Boiling a Frog - 2000
- A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away - 2001
- The Sacred Art of Stealing - 2002
- Be My Enemy - 2004
- All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye - 2005
- A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil - 2006
- Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks - 2007
- A Snowball in Hell - 2008
- Pandaemonium - 2009
- Where the Bodies are Buried - 2011
- When The Devil Drives - 2012
- Bedlam - 2013
- Wikipedia entry for Christopher Brookmyre
- Christopher Brookmyre's official website
- British Council: Contemporary Writers
- The Crime of it All Profile of Brookmyre