Black Widow – Christopher Brookmyre

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For me Christopher Brookmyre has to be up there with some of the greatest modern crime writers. His attention to detail and satirical views coupled with political motive makes for a great read. His books always seem to take you on a journey, inherently sinister mind, that are really engrossing from the first few pages. Black Widow features one of Christopher Brookmyre’s most iconic characters Jack Parlabane who, as always, ends up following the case of a dead man just months after marrying the lady who’s nicknamed the Black Widow. The story is compelling from the off, well written and finishes with a twist any reader would do well to see coming.

It was an inauspicious day for destiny to come calling, though it is not in the nature of fate to give notice. The occasions that we think of as life-changing are seldom precipitate.