The Blood Tide is a twisty, high-octane police procedural that thrilled and intrigued me from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
Neil Lancaster has written a twisty, high-octane police procedural that thrilled and intrigued me from beginning to end. Starting with several dramatic scenes, this book drew me in straightaway, following DS Max Craigie and colleagues as they investigate two seemingly linked deaths. I've not read the first book in this series - Dead Man's Grave - but this didn't matter at all, as The Blood Tide works well as a standalone, with enough back story to fill in any gaps. The writing is beautifully descriptive, bringing the diverse characters, stunning Scottish countryside and fast-paced action scenes to life (it seemed as though everything was springing out of the page in front of me), and the humorous banter between the team brought some light relief to break up the darkness of the plot. The author's own police background provides realism, authenticity and insights to a gripping and gritty read. Highly recommended Scottish Noir - I'll be picking up the first book in this series soon, and look forward to the third.
You get away with murder.
In a remote sea loch on the west coast of Scotland, a fisherman vanishes without trace. His remains are never found.
You make people disappear.
A young man jumps from a bridge in Glasgow and falls to his death in the water below. DS Max Craigie uncovers evidence that links both victims. But if he can't find out what cost them their lives, it won't be long before more bodies turn up at the morgue...
You come back for revenge.
Soon cracks start to appear in the investigation, and Max's past hurtles back to haunt him. When his loved ones are threatened, he faces a terrifying choice: let the only man he ever feared walk free, or watch his closest friend die...
Max, Janie and Ross return in the second gripping novel in this explosive Scottish crime series.
|Publication date:||31st March 2022|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 31/07/2022
Readers love The Blood Tide
'Wow!! A must for any avid crime/thriller fan! You feel like you are right there in the moment with the characters! Every chapter just left you wanting more!' Reader review
'With each page I turned there was more suspense and intrigue. Add that to the inevitable twists and turns and you've got a must read book!' Reader review
'This was amazing. It was fast paced and believable, with a great cast of characters. If you liked Line of Duty this is for you.' Reader review
'This book was really good! It had suspense, intrigue some really bad guys and great police work! There were plenty of heart pounding moments and lots of twists and turns!' Reader review
'Phew! What a ride! A great read and highly recommended.' Reader review
'A fast paced, engaging and heart in the mouth book. Loved it, couldn't put it down.' Reader review
'It had me up until the wee hours, but I just didn't want it to end it was that exciting.' Reader review
Praise for Neil Lancaster:
'The best police procedural I've read in years - fast-paced, compelling and deeply authentic. DS Max Craigie is a brilliant hero and I can't wait for the next in the series' Jane Casey
'A genuinely thrilling adventure' Scottish Sun
'Compelling, quirky and engaging, this is a page-turner you won't want to miss!' Denzil Meyrick
'Genuinely gripping, a total page-turner and one of my favourite reads of the year' Matt Nixson, Daily Express
'Great storytelling with a whiplash smart hero and heroine' Daily Mail
'A thriller writer set to blow up the bestseller lists' C. L. Taylor
'An edge-of-your-seat, read-in-one-sitting book. If you like Line of Duty, you must snap this up' Cass Green
'A stone cold classic of the genre; the strongest start to a series I've seen in years' Tony Kent
Neil Lancaster is the No.1 digital bestselling author of the Tom Novak series. His latest novel, Dead Man’s Grave, was longlisted for the 2021 William McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Book of the Year. He served as a military policeman in the RAF and worked as a detective for the Metropolitan Police, investigating serious crimes in the capital and beyond. As a covert policing specialist, he used a variety of tactics to obtain evidence against murderers, human traffickers, drug dealers and fraudsters. He now lives in the Scottish Highlands, writes crime and ...More About Neil Lancaster