Books: Digging up the truth in a world of paranoia

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DEAD Girl Walking, which sees the long-awaited return of Jack Parlabane, is the latest psychological thriller from crimewriter Chris Brookmyre.

Published on 22 January, it will be launched at The Caves, Niddry Street South, 24 hours earlier, courtesy of Blackwells book shop.

Life is dangerous when you have everything to lose. Famous, beautiful and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then, one day, she simply vanishes.

Jack Parlabane has lost everything: his journalism career, his marriage, his self-respect. A call for help from an old friend offers a chance for redemption – but only if he can find out what happened to Heike.

Pursued by those who would punish him for past crimes, Parlabane enters the world of Heike’s band, Savage Earth Heart, a group at breaking point. Each of its members seems to be hiding something, not least its newest recruit Monica Halcrow, whose possible relationship with Heike has become a public obsession. Monica’s own story, however, reveals a far darker truth. Fixated on Heike from day one, she has been engulfed by paranoia, jealousy and fear, as she discovers the hidden price of fame. From Berlin to Barcelona, from the streets of Milan to remote Scottish islands, Parlabane must find out what happened before it’s too late, all while the walls are closing in on him...

Brookmyre himself was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut Quite Ugly One Morning, which introduced Parlabane and was adapted as an ITV drama. Other Parlabane novels include Country Of The Blind, Boiling A Frog, Be My Enemy and Attack.

As a prequel to Dead Girl Walking, a Jack Parlabane ebook short story entitled On The Last Day Of Christmas: The Fall Of Jack Parlabane was published on 30th October.

Launch Event, The Caves, Niddry Street South, 21 January, 7pm, tickets from Blackwells, South Bridge, 0131-622 8222

Dead Girl Walking is published in hardback by Little Brown on 22 January, £18.99