From an authentic, gritty new voice in Scottish thrillers comes Detective James Daley, whose past has come back to haunt him in the small Scottish town of Kinloch
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 .
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.