The second book in the Jasmine Sharp series, from author Christopher Brookmyre.
Is the devil merely the name we give the worst in ourselves?
When private investigator Jasmine Sharp is hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who has vanished without trace, it becomes increasingly clear that there are those who want her to stay that way. What begins as a simple search awakens a malevolence that has lain dormant for three decades, putting Jasmine in the crosshairs of those who would stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried.
Uncovering a hidden history of sex, drugs, ritualism and murder, Jasmine realises she may need a little help from dark places herself if she's going to get to the truth.
But then needs must...
In Brookmyre's satisfying second Glaswegian thriller featuring PI Jasmine Sharp and Det. Supt. Catherine McLeod (after 2011's Where the Bodies Are Buried), Alice Petrie asks Jasmine to track down her sister, Tessa Garrion, a burgeoning stage actress whom Petrie hasn't seen since their mother's funeral in 1981. Meanwhile, out at Cragruthes Castle in Argyll, Catherine and her team look into the demise of actor Hamish Queen, shot dead in the middle of an outdoor theater performance. While Queen had artistic rivals, a motive for murder remains elusive. The more Jasmine learns about Tessa, the less convinced she becomes that Petrie's sister is still alive. A member of Glass Shoe Company, one of Queen's early 1980s theater efforts, Tessa fell off the map after a drug- and sex-fueled summer, a time no one else wants to discuss. Inevitably, Jasmine's and Catherine's investigations collide, but Brookmyre wisely holds off on the true connections until the chilling climax.
When the Devil Drives
Have read all of Brookmyres novels and enjoyed the majority.
I even liked the first book in the new style. (Written as Chris rather than Christopher)
However, I was very disappointed with the latest book.
I feel very cheated when an author feels compelled to explain to new readers the background of the characters taken from the previous book. I felt I was re-reading much of the previous novel, Where The bodies are buried, which I very much enjoyed. It seemed to me that about a third of the book was material from the previous one.
I also found difficulty with following the different threads in the book, especially from a time line point of view.
I do like his new characters, but did not feel that this book had the depth of the first one featuring Jasmine Sharp.
Nevertheless, I will probably buy his next book as I think he is an exceptional writer.