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Prayer for the Dead by James Oswald
  

Prayer for the Dead

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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

If you like James Oswald you might also like to read books by Chris Ewan, Michael Robotham and Alex Gray.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 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.
~ Barry Forshaw

Reader Reviews

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

  • Lisa Redmond - 'I love this series - they are far from your average police procedural, as the paranormal and the spiritual are a subtle but important part of the story and the characters are a wonderful cast. Well worth revisiting.'
  • Ann Quintilla - 'This Inspector Mclean novel has the detective reluctantly using the services of a reporter who he dislikes intensely. If you enjoy a good detective story you must read this one. James Oswald is a master of his art.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Not quite Rebus but Inspector Mclean sure does make for a great read. Here's to the next one in the series.'
  • Evelyn Barrett - 'Fast-moving and gripping, it kept me up at night. From gory murders to McLean’s growing family of cats, each page increases the tension...You should read this book – just not when you’re alone.' Read full review >
  • Clare Turner - 'The McLean books...could not be classified as classic crime novels, though they are tightly constructed and well told. They are rather more sinister; there are unexplained forces at work...It is a great read – and Oswald promises us that there are more to come!' Read full review >
  • Rachael Anderson - 'An absorbing detective mystery. Gripping, and somewhat macabre, from the very start. Not to be missed if you previously enjoyed the likes of Ian Rankin.' Read full review >
  • Susan Burton - 'Did not disappoint, a thoroughly entertaining and gripping book.' Read full review >
  • Carol Peace - 'James Oswald does it again with another un-missable Inspector McLean Novel.' Read full review >
  • Janet Gilliard - 'It is an assured mix of crime and supernatural and thoroughly enjoyable. I have read all of these and am enjoying the development of the character of Inspector MacLean.' Read full review >
  • Melanie Rose - 'A gripping crime novel...The pace of this book kept me turning the pages well into the night.' Read full review >
  • Lisa Lamb - 'Another absolutely cracking mystery from James Oswald, highly recommended! this one kept me guessing to the end, and I for one can’t wait for the next one.' Read full review >
  • Pam Kennedy - 'This book was okay, I found it a bit slow.' Read full review >
  • Arlene Davidson – 'A brilliant story from James Oswald- gripping storyline, well developed characters, set in Edinburgh! What's not to like!' Read full review >
  • Anita Wallas - 'James Oswald hits the spot with A Prayer for the Dead, a satisfyingly complex murder mystery with a supernatural twist.' Read full review >
  • Les Warriner - 'I was engrossed from start to finish, and find James Oswald's style so outstanding that I am now starting to read the first four episodes in this series.' Read full review >

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Synopsis

Prayer for the Dead by James Oswald

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.

The Inspector McLean series:
1. Natural Causes
2. The Book of Souls
3. The Hangman's Song
4. Dead Men's Bones
5. Prayer for the Dead

Reviews

'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

About the Author

James Oswald

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

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Publication date

12th February 2015

Author

James Oswald

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Publisher

Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

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Hardback

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ISBN

9780718180195

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