[headline] A DETECTIVE INSPECTOR McLEAN NOVEL
“Crime fiction’s next big thing . . . Combines old-fashioned sleuthing with supernatural intuition.” — Sunday Telegraph
The body of a man is found hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force, this appears to be a simple suicide case. But something about the scene strikes Detective Inspector Tony McLean as off. Days later another body is found hanging from an identical rope, with a noose tied in the identical way. McLean is convinced that these people are either being murdered or somehow coerced into suicide. Then a third body is found.
Under pressure from his superiors to wrap the case up quickly and neatly, McLean must also deal with the fallout of his last big investigation and complications in his personal life. But the deeper he digs, the more he comes to believe that something dark and sinister is stalking Edinburgh’s streets. Will he be able to stop it before someone else succumbs to the hangman’s song?
“Engrossing.” — Publishers Weekly
[AU PHOTO] JAMES OSWALD is the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels. A crime writer by night, during the day he runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, Scotland, where he raises Highland cattle and sheep.
A rash of suicides usually isn't cause for alarm, but Det. Insp. Tony McLean becomes sure the hangings are linked in Oswald's chilling third installment of his Edinburgh-based series. McLean, who's primarily occupied with the slow recovery of his girlfriend, crime scene photographer Emma Baird, who nearly died at the hands of a serial killer in 2014's The Book of Souls, doesn't immediately see a connection between the deaths. The victims don't seem to know each other or be connected in even a tangential manner, leading McLean's superiors who already dislike the DI for his refusal to play along with office politics to conclude that there's no need for a homicide investigation. At home, Emma wakes up from a coma with no memory of him, their relationship, or even her professional career. Oswald juggles the multiple story lines with ease, and McLean is a reluctant, empathetic hero who refuses to quit until he's solved the case.