The sixth book in the Jack Parlabane series, from author Christopher Brookmyre.
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...
In Brookmyre's entertaining though at times implausible sixth crime novel featuring wily Edinburgh newshound Jack Parlabane (after 2007's Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks), Jack agrees to do a favor for an old friend, Mairi Lafferty, the manager of one of the hottest music acts in Scotland, Savage Earth Heart. Mairi asks Jack to track down the group's lead singer, Heike Gunn, who disappeared after the band's eventful European tour. Chapters alternate between Jack's hunt for Heike and the private blog of Savage Earth Heart's new member, shy violinist Monica Halcrow, who falls under Heike's charismatic spell. Monica's predictable evolution from buttoned-up Shetland girl to wild rock star is less interesting than Jack's descent into the rabbit hole of secrets related to the music world and later to a vast European criminal network. A few connections in this web of deceit are a bit too convenient, but Brookmyre creates fascinating characters and expertly places them in darkly humorous yet disturbing situations.