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Publisher's Summary

When her father’s killer, Glen Fallan, is arrested for another murder, PI Jasmine Sharp enters an underworld where violence is a way of life and vengeance spans generations. DS Catherine McLeod has one major Glaswegian gangster in the mortuary and another in the cells for killing him - which ought to be cause for celebration. But this case is far more dangerous than it appears on the surface; deeper than skin, darker than blood.…

©2013 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Prodigiously funny and inventive, here he takes crime fans exactly where they want to go." ( Daily Telegraph)
"Tense, moving, and gloriously twisted." (Mark Billingham)

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Violent

I started this audio book after reading the reviews which is why I am reviewing it. The language is excellent, the story-line interesting until the continual upgrading of unbelievably explicit scenes of murder and rape make this material sickening. Couldn't finish it.

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  • Douglas
  • 21-09-2013

Excellent Detective Story plus very black humour

What made the experience of listening to Flesh Wounds the most enjoyable?

The story was a cracker, twists and unexpected turns, with a satisfying finish

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flesh Wounds?

The final meeting with Doak

Which character – as performed by Sarah Barron – was your favorite?

Katherine

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Glasgow hardmen meet their match in a 7 stone girl. (I'll never eat a pumpkin again)

Any additional comments?

Superb, one of Brookmyre's best.

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  • Patricia
  • 18-08-2013

A BRAW STOY

I enjoyed listening to this very much - so much that it stopped me doing things I should have been doing. It was a storyline with a lot of characters who took a while to come together and a surprisingly 'feel good' end. The story line was good and the narrator was good. I feel a wee bit sorry for non-Scottish listeners as Mr Brookmyre drops a fair few bits of the vernacular in there. Well done Mr B - I enjoy his crime novels much more than his Sc-iFi ones

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  • Geoff Cooling
  • 07-07-2014

Another excellent Jasmine Sharp story

What made the experience of listening to Flesh Wounds the most enjoyable?

It was another great episode of the Jasmine Sharp world. In typical style Brookmyre weaves a believable Glasgow story with the usual characters. The truth is finally revealed about Jasmine's father as she tries to prove the innocence of her sometime protector and mentor Fallon.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flesh Wounds?

Probably the dispatch of the arch villain by Jasmine Sharp, horrifyingly icky.

What about Sarah Barron’s performance did you like?

As usual her performance was excellent, she gives life to the characters and the Glasgow turn of phrase is brought to life by her silky Scottish voice.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Revenge of the bams!

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Brookmyre's work is excellent, I have followed him for many years through many characters. Jasmine Sharp has grown as a character through the three books to a likeable, intelligent and Machiavellian character in true Brookmyre style. In fact the cast of regular characters have all grown into three dimensional people that you can't but fail to care for. If you are looking for a good taste of Glasgae wrapped up in a rip roaring story, this book is for you.

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  • jakob
  • 19-05-2015

Plot spoiler for Book 1 - thanks Audible!

I am currently listening to the first in the series and, as I was enjoying is so much, decided to look at the next in the series. The first line of the description reveals away a major plot twist in book one, which I hadn't got to yet. AAAARRGGGGHHHH.

I realise that the descriptions on Audible are usually blurbs from the publisher, cut and pasted but for goodness' sake, sort it out!

I want my money back for the previous book. and yes, you probably won't post this but I needed a good moan...

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  • peter
  • 10-09-2013

A really enjoyable listen

If you could sum up Flesh Wounds in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, moving, funny.

What did you like best about this story?

It is hard to say. The storyline is excellent and follows on really well from the two earlier books in the series, the characters are extremely well drawn, it manages to be serious, tragic, and funny all at the same time. Also the narration and the Glasgow accents and speech forms are very droll but also help create the authentic atmosphere of the setting.

Which character – as performed by Sarah Barron – was your favourite?

None. They are all good. Or one could say that Glasgow itself becomes a character through the use of language, accent and dialect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted to savour it. I was sorry it ended.

Any additional comments?

I'll definitely listen to it again.

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  • dr
  • 10-12-2014

on form!

What did you like most about Flesh Wounds?

brookmyre's reliably dark humour, with the scottishisms I don't routinely get to hear. always not quite the punchline I expected.

What did you like best about this story?

because I'm sentimental, I enjoyed a loose end from previous books in the series tied up,. apart from the riveting page-turniness of the plot of course

Have you listened to any of Sarah Barron’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

mainly laugh, often out loud

Any additional comments?

I always look out for the next CB

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  • ZedBooks
  • 09-02-2017

Somewhat disappointing

I'm a great fan of Brookner, particularly his earlier books which were so sharp and seriously funny. One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night was an absolute blinder.
But in this book he takes himself a little too seriously with a wildly complex and convoluted plot and enough characters to win an independence referendum. I found myself losing interest about halfway through

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  • Marcus
  • 10-01-2015

Enjoyable

Would you listen to Flesh Wounds again? Why?

Yes, it has a deep enough plot to warrant a second listen also the narration was enjoyable and well paced

What did you like best about this story?

The interaction of the characters and the buiding of the plot

What does Sarah Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

For me she bought the characters to life and added a local Scottish emphasis to words and phrases I would not consider

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No but not because of it's quality but more to the fact I like to absorb and consider what I have listened to in books like this and try to predict thier path

Any additional comments?

A good book well worth a credit

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  • Boatlady
  • 04-07-2020

Never a dull moment

A gripping story well narrated and with well developed characters. And a very satisfying ending.

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  • Chris
  • 08-06-2018

A plot and a giggle with people you care about.

I really like the way characters are developed, I like the way egalitarianism seeps through every sentence, as well as ribald and deadpan humour.
I love the way that opportunity for social comment is not overlooked in the interest of a film/tv deal; but I would so like Chris Brookmyre's work to make it onto the big screen. They would provide condiment to an otherwise hackneyed and cynical output from an industry that seems to be steered more by spreadsheet than creativity.
Real romance and strong female leads, shocking violence and all delivered by the excellent Sarah Baron.

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  • R. E. Edeson
  • 19-02-2018

Even better than the previous books

Can’t wait for next book in the series. Must start at number one to get the most

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