Zoe Callahan is having the summer from hell… and it’s about to get a whole lot worse.
She’s stuck in a dead-end job, her relationship is going nowhere, and the memory of the Kelvingrove Park Murders three years ago continues to cast a long shadow over every aspect of her life.
When a prostitute is brutally assaulted by Dominic Ryland, a rising political star with a suspiciously spotless personal reputation, Zoe leaps at the chance to distract herself with a noble cause, and sets out on a one-woman crusade to bring Ryland to justice.
But in doing so, she quickly finds herself on the wrong side of some very dangerous people – people who have reputations to protect and who would think nothing of silencing Zoe by any means necessary.
An explosive thriller set against the backdrop of a sweltering heatwave, Cruel Summer is the sequel to M.R. Mackenzie’s critically acclaimed In the Silence and the second instalment in the Kelvingrove Park Trilogy.
PRAISE FOR M.R. MACKENZIE:
‘With well observed characterisation, M.R. Mackenzie writes with precision and passion. He is a writer to watch.’ – Caro Ramsay, author of the Anderson & Costello thrillers
‘Mackenzie brings a fresh new voice to the field of Tartan Noir.’ – James Oswald, author of the Inspector McLean novels
‘M.R. Mackenzie is right up there with the best contemporary authors working today.’ – David B. Lyons, author of Whatever Happened to Betsy Blake?
PRAISE FOR IN THE SILENCE:
‘This is splendidly written stuff, triumphing in a variety of areas – not least that of its dialogue, which is idiomatic and vivid (overcoming the hurdle at which many contemporary crime novels fall).’ – Barry Forshaw, Crime Time
‘M.R. Mackenzie has created an impressive first novel with In the Silence and an intriguing lead character in Anna Scavolini.’ – Noel Megahey, The Digital Fix
‘A mesmerising debut, it’s well worth reading and I’m certainly going to be looking out for more from this author.’ – Life of Cri.me
‘I was intrigued from the start and that interest kept me entertained and hooked right through to the end.’ – Donna’s Book Blog
‘A powerful yet thoughtful mystery that raises a few moral questions along the way.’ – On the Shelf Reviews