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The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller by Denzil Meyrick
  

The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller

Part of the The D.C.I. Daley Series Series
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Maxim Jakubowski's view...

D.C.I. Daley made his first appearance in Whisky from Small Glasses. In this follow up by an ex-Strathclyde Police officer, a mighty felon, once believed to have been killed in the back of a police ambulance, appears to have risen from the grave. He now seems embarked on a vendetta spree against his previous antagonists, including cops and villains. Mostly set in the colourful setting of Kinloch, a small, close-knit country community, a bucolic place with its share of deeply-buried secrets, closely modelled on Campbelltown, this tense thriller is full of quirky characters, has a sly vein of dark humour running through it and particularly colloquial dialogue as well as a a strong main sleuth whose character never feels less than real. An attractive new talent on the Tartan Noir scene.

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

Love Reading's view:

Following in the tradition of great Scottish crime writers, Denzil Meyrick has turned out a cracking, tenacious thriller of a read. If you favour the authentic and credible, you are in safe hands as Meyrick is a former Police Officer. The characters are so convincing; the humour, the traditional detective work, the camaraderie all blaze from the pages and the small town gossip, alliances and feuds add to the flavour. Home life is secondary, the case is everything and the Detectives need to be on their mettle as a monster of a man returns from the grave set on revenge. You don’t have to have read the first in the ‘DCI Daley Thriller’ series, but if you do read out of sequence, will most likely find yourself hunting down ‘Whisky From Small Glasses’ as this is a compelling and impressive novel. ~ Liz Robinson

A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher...

‘From the first chapter, I was gripped. Written by ex-policeman Denzil Meyrick, this is an authentic and well-researched crime thriller based in small-town Scotland. Dark and unpredictable, the mood is lightened by the distinctive humour of Daley’s partner, DS Scott, and the eccentric habits of the town’s inhabitants. The fast-moving plot is full of twists and surprises, as Denzil deftly begins to draw the different strands together into a surprising and dramatic conclusion.’ Julie Fergusson, editor

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Reader Reviews

In addition, some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Brilliant.  Brilliant. Brilliant.  Just read this brilliant murder-mystery on a lazy sun and fun holiday.  It was perfect!' Read full review >
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'A cracking Scottish Detective Thriller. All action and a great story...I haven’t read the first book but I am now off to find it and I cannot wait for the next one.' Read full review >
  • Jane Brown - 'Wow impressed, what an explosive read and I have not read Meyrick's first book...I eagerly await his next book- powerful stuff.' Read full review >
  • Ray Orgill - 'It is filled with violence and the language, even in dialect, is raw so it is not for the squeamish.' Read full review >
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'As a devotee of crime thrillers I was delighted to find a new detective – DCI Jim Daley – to follow and  the story  certainly had a promising start.' Read full review >
  • Kerry Bridges - 'All in all, I really enjoyed The Last Witness and would highly recommend it as an easy, but interesting read.' Read full review >
  • Ian Harvey-Brown - 'The strong points are no doubt the sparky dialogue and the thread of humour that runs through the story like a rich seam. The weakness is the plot. I was disappointed with this book overall.' Read full review >
  • Gavin Dimmock - This is a brisk thriller with almost movie like pacing, something interesting, exciting or violent happens on almost every page.' Read full review >
  • Arlene Davidson - 'This book is a definite must-read! A right guid read!!' Read full review >

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Synopsis

The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller by Denzil Meyrick

James Machie was a man with a genius for violence, his criminal empire spreading beyond Glasgow into the UK and mainland Europe. Fortunately, James Machie is dead, assassinated in the back of a prison ambulance following his trial and conviction. But now, five years later, he is apparently back from the grave, set on avenging himself on those who brought him down. Top of his list is his previous associate, Frank MacDougall, who unbeknownst to D.C.I. Jim Daley, is living under protection on his lochside patch, the small Scottish town of Kinloch. Daley knows that, having been the key to Machie's conviction, his old friend and colleague D.S. Scott is almost as big a target. And nothing, not even death, has ever stood in James Machie's way ...

D.C.I. Daley series:
1. Whisky from Small Glasses
2. The Last Witness
3. Dark Suits and Sad Songs
4. The Rat Stone Serenade

Reviews

'The Last Witness has an excellent trait that is essential to all crime stories: that is wonderful, affable and realistic protagonists' - Dundee University Review of the Arts; 'Universal truths ... an unbuttoned sense of humour ... Engaging and eventful' - The Wall Street Journal; 'Sure-footed ... A must read!' - The Book Reporter; 'A compelling lead ... Satisfyingly twisted plot' - Publishers Weekly; 'Striking characters and shifting plots vibrate with energy' - The Library Journal'


About the Author

Denzil Meyrick

After studying politics, Denzil Meyrick worked as a police officer, distillery manager, freelance journalist, and company director. He is originally from Campbeltown in Argyll, but now lives with his wife Fiona on Loch Lomondside.

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Book Info

Publication date

17th June 2014

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Denzil Meyrick

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Publisher

Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781846972881

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