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Written in Bones by James Oswald

Written in Bones

Part of the Inspector McLean Series
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Scottish farmer and writer James Oswald is definitely prolific, to say the least, as this is already his seventh Detective Inspector Tony McLean case (and in addition has also written four fantasy sagas) since his first appearance in Natural Causes in 2012. A body is found impaled and tortured in the trees in an Edinburgh park which appears to have been dropped from a great height. Accident or a murder with a message as the victim happens to be a disgraced ex-cop? The tenacious McLean is an obstinate sod and ploughs his way through the investigation despite cuts in budget, in house pressures and the general desire to see the case wrapped up without too much of a fuss and forgotten fast. Atmospheric, with Oswald's trademark hints of the supernatural and elegantly written, with a clever series of twists and red herrings peppering the investigation at regular intervals make for a most pleasing read. Oswald is fast becoming one of Scottish crime's most reliable authors. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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

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Written in Bones by James Oswald

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...


'The roots of murder run deep ... from publisher's description Unsettling atmosphere, strong sense of place and a canny twist: Oswald easily outstrips the formulaic work of bigger names' The Guardian

'This is the seventh gripping instalment in a series that just keeps getting better' Sunday Mirror

'The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish' The Herald

'Crime fiction's next big thing' The Sunday Telegraph

'Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers' 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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23rd February 2017


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Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd


416 pages


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