The Sacred Art of Stealing
Brookmyre's Parlabane novels have sold more than one million copies in the UK, where he is a perennial bestseller. He is an important and well-loved figure in Scottish crime writing, along with the likes of Denise Mina and Val McDermid.
We are working hard to build Brookmyre's American audience and as part of that effort have signed up two titles from his backlist that are favorites among his international audience and which we will publish for the first time in the US: All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye and The Sacred Art of Stealing.
These earlier novels hew closer to the Carl Hiaasen-style blend of dark humor, oddball characters, and ingenious plotting for which Brookmyre originally became known. All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye won the 2006 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, the UK’s only literary award for comic literature (other winners include Alexander McCall Smith, Edward St. Aubyn, Howard Jacobson, Will Self, and Gary Shteyngart).
Brookmyre’s most recent frontlist title, The Last Hack (2017), received incredible review coverage, including raves from Maureen Corrigan in the Washington Post and Daneet Steffens in the Boston Globe. The book was mentioned by both Carl Hiaasen and Diana Gabaldon in the Washington Post round-up "What your favorite writers are reading this summer" and by Val McDermid in the Observer's round-up of "best holiday reads 2017." It was also longlisted for the 2017 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year and received blurbs from Lorenzo Carcaterra, John Gilstrap, Diana Gabaldon, Chris Pavone, Joe Ide, and Thomas Perry.
Though incremental, we've seen a nice upward sales trend for Brookmyre's recent books. 2016's Black Widow netted almost double the number 2015's Dead Girl Walking did in cloth, and we have shipped almost 30% more copies of The Last Hack than we did for Black Widow.
Brookmyre’s audience continues to build in the UK too, with over 62k copies of the Black Widow sold there to date and over 30k copies of The Last Hack (UK title: Want You Gone) in print so far.
Brookmyre has devoted fans among readers and critics here in the US, including Charles McGrath at the New York Times.