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Black Widow (Jack Parlabane 7) by Chris Brookmyre

Black Widow (Jack Parlabane, #7)

Did she do it? Did he deserve it? Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing. Then she meets Peter. He’s kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past: the second chance she’s been waiting for. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairytale romance. But Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe in fairytales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow…

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A new book by Chris Brookmyre is something to be treasured: never again can you experience, for the first time, the clever twists and turns of the story, the dry, witty and downright hilarious one liners or getting to know the colourful and three-dimensional characters. Each chapter or paragraph, and even sentence, is to be cherished so that the fun isn’t over too quickly!

Black Widow is not only one of the best CB/JP books so far but it is one of the best thrillers I’ve read full stop. While Brookmyre may have toned down the more outlandish humour in his most recent books he has not lost his skillful plotting, well-written characters or the ability to pull the rug out from under his readers and make their jaws drop.

I absolutely loved this book; it’s a brilliant Brookmyre/Parlabane fix for fans or a perfect introduction to both for new readers.

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