February 2015 Book of the Month.
An engagingly dramatic crime novel where a curious whiff of the uncanny lurks in the background, occasionally skulking into view alongside the investigation. You don't need to have read the previous four novels in ‘The Inspector McLean’ series although there are enough tempting titbits cropping up to encourage you to wonder at what has gone before. As well as viewing the day to day search for a killer by a Detective Inspector with a penchant for walking the summer streets of Edinburgh, we also delve into his childhood and are given an unusual insight into a chillingly fanatical murderer. The author encourages a few pointers and leads to beckon to you and deploys the occasional smoke screen, ensuring an intriguing read through to the gripping climax. ~ Liz Robinson
A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher...
'If you are a fan of seriously good crime fiction, then you will love James Oswald’s Inspector McLean series. The first novel of the series, Natural Causes, introduces one of the most compelling detective lead characters in contemporary crime fiction, Tony McLean. McLean is defined by his ineffable humanity – his quiet and dogged determination to seek justice for the victims of the crimes he investigates. Oswald’s writing is reminiscent of Ian Rankin or Stuart McBride’s Scottish noir, but is also tinged with a slight trace of the supernatural – which adds an intriguing nuance to the stories. I guarantee that once you start this excellent series – you will race through James’s novels, and be left hungry for more.' - Alex Clarke, Editor, Penguin Books
This is the fifth novel in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector McLean series set in Edinburgh. Inspector Tony McLean returns in the latest dark and grisly chapter in the bestselling series. It follows Natural Causes, the R&J summer highlight, The Book of Souls, The Hangman's Song and Dead Men's Bones.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
In a short space of time, James Oswald has demonstrated that he is one of the most able practitioners of the contemporary crime novel, with such books as Natural Causes (the first entry in this sequence featuring Inspector McLean) proving to be a debut of real authority. Some five books later in that sequence, it’s clear that Oswald still has command of the thriller genre. The body of a missing journalist is discovered in the sealed catacombs of Gilmerton Cove, the apparent victim of a grim Masonic ceremony. His throat has been cut, and the walls daubed with symbols written in his blood. With its macabre and occult overtones, this case is a natural for Inspector Tony MacLean, but even before his investigation is fully underway, another corpse turns up – once again displaying no forensic clues. While McLean himself may be cut from a familiar cloth, this is terrific stuff with lashings of pace and atmosphere.
'The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish' The Herald
'Crime fiction's next big thing' The Sunday Telegraph
'Literary sensation ... James' overnight success has drawn comparisons with the meteoric rise of E L James and her Fifty Shades of Grey series' Daily Mail
'Fifty Shades of Hay' The Times
Publication date: 12/02/2015
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||12th February 2015|
|Publisher:||Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
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 WatersMore About James Oswald