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Siege Mentality

By Chris Brookmyre

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Dark deeds make for delightful reading in this short story from the multi-award-winning author of Black Widow, Want You Gone and Where the Bodies Are Buried.

Dark deeds make for devilish reading in this short story from the multi-award-winning crime author of Black Widow, Want You Gone and Where the Bodies Are Buried.

***Please note that this story was originally published as The Last Siege of Bothwell Castle in the Bloody Scotland anthology***

A hostage crisis is developing at a castle on the outskirts of Glasgow, during what is supposed to be Superintendent Catherine McLeod's bank holiday relaxation time.

Those trapped inside the castle are used to dealing with the volatile mix of light-fingered teens and obnoxious tourists; less so a truckload of explosives and a hidden agenda. For Catherine and her team, it's a recipe for a potentially deadly day off.

Tense, twisted and laugh-out-loud funny, Siege Mentality is a day-trip you won't forget.

For more from Catherine McLeod, read the Jasmine Sharp trilogy, beginning with Where the Bodies are Buried, a sample from which is included with this short story.

Biographical Notes

Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut Quite Ugly One Morning, which established him as one of Britain's leading crime authors. His Jack Parlabane novels have sold more than one million copies in the UK alone, and Black Widow won both the McIlvanney Prize and the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award.

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  • ISBN: 9780349143316
  • Publication date: 30 Nov 2017
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  • Imprint: Abacus
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