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James Oswald - Author

About the Author

James Oswald is the author of the Inspector McLean series of crime novels, respectively Natural Causes, The Book of Souls, The Hangman's Song, Dead Men's Bones and Prayer for the Dead. He has written an epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, published by Penguin, as well as comic scripts and short stories.

In his spare time he runs a 350-acre livestock farm in north-east Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney sheep.

Author photo © Bill Waters

Featured books by James Oswald

The Damage Done

The Damage Done

Author: James Oswald Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2016

The memory won't fade as McLean struggles to find the elusive connections between a series of gruesomely strange deaths in the city. His investigations begin to concern the powers that be - and once again, McLean's stubborn refusal to toe the line puts his career, and possibly his life in danger. In chasing the monsters of the present, McLean must also confront shadows of the past - but at what cost? Is it too late to undo the damage that has been done...

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Other books by James Oswald

Nothing to Hide

Nothing to Hide

Author: James Oswald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

The new book in the brilliant Constance Fairchild series, from one of Scotland's foremost crime writers. 'THE NEW IAN RANKIN' Daily Record 'OSWALD'S WRITING IS A CLASS ABOVE' Express Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain's wealthiest men, DC Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas . . . Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation . . . It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks. No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can't shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice. Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose . . . 'CRIME FICTION'S NEXT BIG THING' Sunday Telegraph 'A WONDERFUL, FAST-PACED THRILLER' Michael Wood

Nothing to Hide

Nothing to Hide

Author: James Oswald Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/07/2019

The new book in the brilliant Constance Fairchild series, from one of Scotland's foremost crime writers. 'THE NEW IAN RANKIN' Daily Record 'OSWALD'S WRITING IS A CLASS ABOVE' Express Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain's wealthiest men, DC Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas . . . Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation . . . It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks. No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can't shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice. Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose . . . 'CRIME FICTION'S NEXT BIG THING' Sunday Telegraph 'A WONDERFUL, FAST-PACED THRILLER' Michael Wood

Nothing to Hide

Nothing to Hide

Author: James Oswald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2019

The new book in the brilliant Constance Fairchild series, from one of Scotland's foremost crime writers. 'THE NEW IAN RANKIN' Daily Record 'OSWALD'S WRITING IS A CLASS ABOVE' Express Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain's wealthiest men, DC Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas . . . Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation . . . It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks. No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can't shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice. Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose . . . 'CRIME FICTION'S NEXT BIG THING' Sunday Telegraph 'A WONDERFUL, FAST-PACED THRILLER' Michael Wood

Cold as the Grave Inspector McLean 9

Cold as the Grave Inspector McLean 9

Author: James Oswald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2019

The ninth book in the Sunday Times-bestselling phenomenon that is the Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland's most celebrated crime writers. Her lifeless body is hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. A room which feels as cold as the grave. As a rowdy demonstration makes its slow and vocal way along Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Detective Chief Inspector Tony McLean's team are on stand-by for any trouble. The newly promoted McLean is distracted, inexplicably drawn to a dead-end mews street... and a door, slightly ajar, which leads to this poor girl's final resting place. But how long has she been there, in her sleep of death? The answers are far from what McLean or anyone else could expect. The truth far more chilling than a simple cold case... Praise for James Oswald: 'The new Ian Rankin' Daily Record 'Creepy, gritty and gruesome' Sunday Mirror 'Crime fiction's next big thing' Sunday Telegraph

Cold as the Grave Inspector McLean 9

Cold as the Grave Inspector McLean 9

Author: James Oswald Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2019

The ninth book in the Sunday Times-bestselling phenomenon that is the Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland's most celebrated crime writers. Her mummified body is hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. A room which feels as cold as the grave. As a rowdy demonstration makes its slow and vocal way along Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Detective Chief Inspector Tony McLean's team are on stand-by for any trouble. The newly promoted McLean is distracted, inexplicably drawn to a dead-end mews street... and a door, slightly ajar, which leads to this poor girl's final resting place. But how long has she been there, in her sleep of death? The answers are far from what McLean or anyone else could expect. The truth far more chilling than a simple cold case... Praise for James Oswald: 'The new Ian Rankin' Daily Record 'Creepy, gritty and gruesome' Sunday Mirror 'Crime fiction's next big thing' Sunday Telegraph

Cold as the Grave Inspector McLean 9

Cold as the Grave Inspector McLean 9

Author: James Oswald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

The ninth book in the bestselling phenomenon that is the Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland's most celebrated crime writers. Her mummified body is hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. A room which feels as cold as the grave. As a rowdy demonstration makes its slow and vocal way along Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Detective Chief Inspector Tony McLean's team are on stand-by for any trouble. The newly promoted McLean is distracted, inexplicably drawn to a dead-end mews street... and a door, slightly ajar, which leads to this poor girl's final resting place. But how long has she been there, in her sleep of death? The answers are far from what McLean or anyone else could expect. The truth far more chilling than a simple cold case... The unmissable new thriller in James Oswald's best-selling Inspector McLean series. Praise for James Oswald: 'The new Ian Rankin' Daily Record 'Creepy, gritty and gruesome' Sunday Mirror 'Crime fiction's next big thing' Sunday Telegraph

No Time to Cry Constance Fairchild Series 1

No Time to Cry Constance Fairchild Series 1

Author: James Oswald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2018

From one of the UK's biggest crime writers - the man brought you the bestselling Inspector McLean novels - comes a phenomenal new series guaranteed to have your heart in your mouth. Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong. Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss, and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He's been executed - a single shot to the head. In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con's shoulders. She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief... right until the moment someone also tries to put a bullet through her head. There's no place to hide, and no time to cry.

No Time to Cry Constance Fairchild Series 1

No Time to Cry Constance Fairchild Series 1

Author: James Oswald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2018

From one of the UK's biggest crime writers - the man brought you the bestselling Inspector McLean novels - comes a phenomenal new series guaranteed to have your heart in your mouth. Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong. Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss, and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He's been executed - a single shot to the head. In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con's shoulders. She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief... right until the moment someone also tries to put a bullet through her head. There's no place to hide, and no time to cry.

The Gathering Dark New in the series, Inspector McLean 8

The Gathering Dark New in the series, Inspector McLean 8

Author: James Oswald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

The gripping new crime thriller in the highly acclaimed Inspector McLean series A truck driver loses control in central Edinburgh, ploughing into a crowded bus stop and spilling his vehicle's toxic load. The consequences are devastating. DI Tony McLean witnesses the carnage. Taking control of the investigation, he soon realises there is much that is deeply amiss - and everyone involved seems to have something to hide. But as McLean struggles to uncover who caused the tragedy, a greater crisis develops: the new Chief Superintendent's son is missing, last seen in the area of the crash... Brilliantly plotted and utterly compelling, this is the gripping new novel in the bestselling Inspector McLean series. PRAISE FOR THE INSPECTOR McLEAN SERIES 'Crime fiction's next big thing' Sunday Telegraph 'Oswald's writing is in a class above most' Daily Express 'Creepy, gritty and gruesome' Sunday Mirror 'The new Ian Rankin' Daily Record 'Hugely enjoyable' Mirror 'Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers' Daily Mail

Gathering Dark

Gathering Dark

Author: James Oswald Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Gathering Dark by James Oswald, read by Ian Hanmore. A truck driver loses control in central Edinburgh, ploughing into a crowded bus stop and spilling his vehicles toxic load. The consequences are devastating. DI Tony McLean witnesses the carnage. Taking control of the investigation, he soon realises there is much that is deeply amiss - and everyone involved seems to have something to hide. But as McLean struggles to uncover who caused the tragedy, a second crisis develops: the new Chief Superintendents son is missing, last seen in the area of the crash... Brilliantly plotted and utterly compelling, this is the gripping new novel in the bestselling Inspector McLean series.

The Gathering Dark New in the series, Inspector McLean 8

The Gathering Dark New in the series, Inspector McLean 8

Author: James Oswald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2018

A truck driver loses control in central Edinburgh, ploughing into a crowded bus stop and spilling his vehicle's toxic load. The consequences are devastating. DI Tony McLean witnesses the carnage. Taking control of the investigation, he soon realises there is much that is deeply amiss - and everyone involved seems to have something to hide. But as McLean struggles to uncover who caused the tragedy, a second crisis develops: the new Chief Superintendent's son is missing, last seen in the area of the crash... Brilliantly plotted and utterly compelling, this is the gripping new novel in the bestselling Inspector McLean series.

The Gathering Dark New in the series, Inspector McLean 8

The Gathering Dark New in the series, Inspector McLean 8

Author: James Oswald Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2018

'Oswald easily outstrips the formulaic work of bigger names' Guardian THE DEAD DEMAND VENGEANCE in the ALL-NEW compelling novel in the BESTSELLING Inspector McLean series. A truck driver loses control in central Edinburgh, ploughing into a crowded bus stop and spilling his vehicle's toxic load. The consequences are devastating. DI Tony McLean witnesses the carnage. Taking control of the investigation, he soon realises there is much that is deeply amiss - and everyone involved seems to have something to hide. But as McLean struggles to uncover who caused the tragedy, a greater crisis develops: the new Chief Superintendent's son is missing, last seen in the area of the crash . . . PRAISE FOR THE INSPECTOR McLEAN SERIES 'Creepy, gritty and gruesome' Sunday Mirror 'The new Ian Rankin' Daily Record 'Oswald easily outstrips the formulaic work of bigger names' Guardian 'Crime fiction's next big thing' Sunday Telegraph 'Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers' Daily Mail 'Oswald's writing is in a class above most' Daily Express

Written in Bones Inspector McLean 7

Written in Bones Inspector McLean 7

Author: James Oswald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2017

Inspector McLean returns in the seventh instalment of James Oswald's gritty, compelling crime series, for his most mysterious murder investigation yet . . . The roots of murder run deep . . . 'Unsettling atmosphere, strong sense of place and a canny twist: Oswald easily outstrips the formulaic work of bigger names' Guardian When a body is found in a tree in The Meadows, Edinburgh's scenic parkland, the forensics suggest the corpse has fallen from a great height. Detective Inspector Tony McLean wonders whether it was an accident, or a murder designed to send a chilling message? The dead man had led quite a life: a disgraced ex-cop turned criminal kingpin who reinvented himself as a celebrated philanthropist. As McLean traces the victim's journey, it takes him back to Edinburgh's past, and through its underworld - crossing paths with some of its most dangerous and most vulnerable people. And waiting at the end of it all, is the truth behind a crime that cuts to the very heart of the city... *** PRAISE FOR THE INSPECTOR McLEAN SERIES 'Crime fiction's next big thing' Sunday Telegraph 'Oswald's writing is in a class above most' Daily Express 'Creepy, gritty and gruesome' Sunday Mirror 'The new Ian Rankin' Daily Record 'Hugely enjoyable' Mirror 'Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers' Daily Mail

Inspector McLean Ebook Bundle: Books 1-6

Inspector McLean Ebook Bundle: Books 1-6

Author: James Oswald Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

The first six books in the bestselling Inspector Tony McLean seriesThe first six novels of James Oswald's hugely loved and highly-acclaimed crime series featuring Inspector Tony McLean are collected together in this ebook bundle.In this gripping series of investigations McLean faces serial killers, dark conspiracies and uncanny mysteries, as Oswald brings the eerie streets of Edinburgh to hauntingly well-realised life.Inspector McLean: Books 1-6 contains the following chilling novels from the Tony McLean series:Natural CausesThe Book of SoulsThe Hangman's SongDead Men's BonesPrayer for the DeadThe Damage DonePRAISE FOR THE INSPECTOR McLEAN SERIES'Crime fiction's next big thing' Sunday Telegraph'Oswald's writing is in a class above most' Daily Express'Creepy, gritty and gruesome' Sunday Mirror'The new Ian Rankin' Daily Record'Hugely enjoyable' Mirror'Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers' Daily Mail