He may get frequently compared to notorious Floridian crime supremo Carl Hiaasen but Glaswegian Christopher Brookmyre is very much his own man. In 1996 Brookmyre created the no-nonsense investigative journalist Jack Parlabane for his debut novel Quite Ugly One Morning, a savage black comedy about NHS cuts. Parlabane has gone on to feature in eight high-octane, deliciously brash thrillers, all with a distinct satirical bent. Brookmyre has also written a number of standalone crime capers and most recently produced the period thriller The Way of All Flesh with his wife Dr. Marisa Haetzman, under the pseudonym Ambrose Parry.
In 2002 a young girl vanished at a Portuguese holiday villa. Several years later the tragic family have reconvened at the same location. As tempers fray and tension escalates, long buried secrets are stealthily unearthed. From the pen of Christopher Brookmyre, best known for high-octane satirical thrillers, comes an altogether darker, more brooding novel that takes in the destructive force of conspiracy theories and the nature of grief and loss.