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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
A tense Glasow gangland thriller laced with family saga elements with pace and strong characterisation to boot, McLean's latest novel raises him a fair few rungs up the crowded McMafia steps. Ray Scobie, a killer who can't experience pain, lies in hospital under an assumed name while police and cohorts believe he is dead. He plots his revenge against the crime family he holds responsible. John, an undercover cop, however, stands in his way, complicated by the fact that he has initiated a relationship with Kat, a Scobie relative. Conflict, blood on the floor and heightened emotions all conjugate well to deliver a high octane read with ounces of 'noir' to spare. Of course, Glasgow as always makes a perfect setting for a dark take of violence and woe. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
In this dark, psychologically gripping thriller, an undercover cop has crossed the line - getting involved with his gangland target's cousin, and walking away from his police handlers.
|Publication date:||25th August 2016|
|Author:||Russel D. McLean|
|Publisher:||Contraband an imprint of Saraband|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 30/09/2021
'An uncompromising work of Glasgow noir, brutal and driven ... at its heart is a woman torn between loyalty to her criminal family and a desire for a better life. Complicated and conflicted but achingly real, you'll be rooting for her all the way.' - Eva Dolan
'Chillingly plausible... a wonderfully dark and disturbing tale of misplaced loyalty and betrayal; a beautifully paced, action-packed thriller of a book.' - James Oswald
Born in Fife, Russel D. McLean studied Philosophy at the University of Dundee before falling into bad company and entering the booktrade. He has been a reviewer, a freelance reader, a bookseller and an ezine editor. He now lives in Glasgow. Author photo © Ross Fraser McLeanMore About Russel D. McLean