A brilliant surgeon stands trial for the murder of her newlywed husband in Scottish crime master Christopher Brookmyre’s latest thriller, a heart-pounding novel that dissects the darkest impulses of life online
A Jack Parlabane Thriller
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-8021-2573-6 • $25.00 • Cloth • Nov. 2016
There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder.
From internationally bestselling author Christopher Brookmyre, Black Widow tells the potent story of a woman who thought she was too late for love, the man who falls for her ambition, and the secret selves that are poised, at any moment, to end everything. Diana Jager is clever, strong, and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism in medicine. 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 is kind and generous, and he knows nothing about her pastthe 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 fairy-tale romance. But Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe in fairy tales and tasks rogue reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling the Black Widow.
Still on the mend from his own relationship wounds after a turbulent divorce, Parlabane’s investigation into matters of the heart takes him to hidden places, online and off, no one should ever have to go.