‘Absorbing . . . no run-of-the-mill tartan noir’ - The Times
‘You’ll have a blast with these’ - Ian Rankin
‘A top talent, and one to be cherished' - Quintin Jardine
‘Spellbinding . . . one of the UK’s most loved crime writers’ - The Sunday Post
‘A compelling lead . . . satisfyingly twisted plot’ - Publishers Weekly
‘Touches of dark humour, multi-layered and compelling’ - Daily Record
‘Striking characters and shifting plots vibrate with energy’ - The Library Journal
‘Daley is a character complete with depths, currents and sudden changes of the Atlantic ocean that crashes against Kinloch’s harbour walls. The remote peninsula and the claustrophobic nature of small-town life are perfectly painted.’ - Scotland on Sunday
‘If you like Rankin, MacBride and Oswald, you’ll love Meyrick’ - The Sunday Mail
‘Energetic, wry, and full of jolts' - Waterstones
‘The right amount of authenticity . . . gritty writing . . . most memorable’ - The Herald
‘All three books have a strong sense of place, of city cops trying to fit in to a small, tightly knit rural environment’ - Russell Leadbetter, Evening Times
‘Meyrick has the ability to give even the least important person in the plot character and the skill to tell a good tale’ - Scots Magazine
‘Following in the tradition of great Scottish crime writers, Denzil Meyrick has turned out a cracking, tenacious thriller of a read. If you favour the authentic and credible, you are in safe hands’ - Lovereading
‘DCI Daley is shaping up to be the West Coast’s answer to Edinburgh’s Rebus’-Scottish Home and Country
‘Well crafted and engrossing . . . Meyrick is well into his rhythm’ - Journal of the Law Society of Scotland
James Machie was a man with a genius for violence, his criminal empire spreading beyond Glasgow into the UK and mainland Europe. Fortunately, James Machie is dead, assassinated in the back of a prison ambulance following his trial and conviction. But now, five years later, he is apparently back from the grave, set on avenging himself on those who brought him down. Top of his list is his previous associate, Frank MacDougall, who unbeknownst to D.C.I. Jim Daley, is living under protection on his lochside patch, the small Scottish town of Kinloch.
Daley knows that, having been the key to Machie’s conviction, his old friend and colleague D.S. Scott is almost as big a target. And nothing, not even death, has ever stood in James Machie’s way.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Scotland has long proved fertile breeding ground for compelling detectives. Here, DCI Jim Daley again proves worthy of that lineage. Denzil Meyrick writes Daley with a true gritty authenticity, jet black humour and multiple layers in this sea-faring mystery. A mysterious murder aboard a luxury liner packed with illustrious business tycoons sets in motion a high-paced drama that threatens Daley’s career—and life. Meyrick is able to imbue all his characters with an applaudable level of depth, which means you’re left suspecting every last person’s motives.
Scottish author Meyrick (Whisky from Small Glasses) makes his U.S. debut with this promising first in a crime series starring Chief Insp. Jim Daley, who's recently posted to the Scottish town of Kinloch. Five years earlier in Glasgow, Daley helped take down notorious gangster James "JayMac" Machie, only to have Machie gunned down in an attack on a prison ambulance. With the Machie case behind him, Daley can concentrate on his wife, Liz, and keeping the peace in Kinloch. That is, until Gerald and Marna Dowie, a couple closely associated with Machie, are gunned down in Melbourne, Australia, and a familiar face shows up on the CCTV. With the help of his colleague on the Machie case, Det. Sgt. Brian Scott, who also grew up with all the key players, Daley must figure out how a dead man committed murder, and what he's planning next. A compelling lead and a satisfyingly twisted plot make this a welcome addition to Tartan noir.
A well paced thriller with periodic reveals to keep the pages turning.
Only the fact that several significant issues are left unresolved at the end, precludes a 5 star rating.
Takes a while to get into, but interesting plot, obviously left wide open for next in series. Good read.