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Published by Luath Press, 18 September
2013. ISBN: 97801-908373-71-7
1980s Glasgow.As a teenager,
Davie McCall saw his violent father kill his mother.Now he works for Joe the Tailor, a crimelord
with morals, whose refusal to come in on a drugs deal has sparked a new level
of violence in an already mean city.
This stylish thriller brings
the Glasgow gang world to life.The
novel begins with the death of Davie’s mother, a motif throughout, which
enlists our sympathy for him; we see, through his lateractions, that although he seems cold, he is
capable of love, in spite of his father’s legacy of violence.One realistic aspect of this novel is the way
good and evil shifts between the characters; each has his or her own standard
of morality, which may not be the reader’s.Each one is individual: Polish Joe the Tailor, who lost his family to
the Nazis; Audrey Burke, the young crime reporter, who’s considering risking a
relationship with Davie; Davie’s friends Rab and Mouthey; Knight, the corrupt
policeman and Donovan, his honest partner.The author has captured the gradations of Glasgow speech to give each
character an individual voice.The plot
keeps you on your toes, with cross, double-cross and several end twists, and
the tenements and atmosphere of the city of Glasgow are a vivid presence throughout.The book is violent, but not as twistedly so
as, say, the ‘Wire in the Blood’ series.Skelton has used his historical research to keep the violence plausible
– in the characters’ reactions to guns, for example.My one reservation was the ending, which read
like the opening of the sequel.Have
faith, writers; if your story is good enough, we readers will buy your next
book without being cliff-hangered.
A stylish, atmospheric
thriller which really brings the Glasgow gang world to life.
Douglas Skeltonis an established true crime author, penning eleven
books including Glasgow’s Black Heart, Frightener and Indian Peter. He has
appeared on a variety of documentaries and news programmes as an expert on Glasgow
crime, most recently in the Glasgow programme of ‘Gangs of Britain’ with Martin
and Gary Kemp. His 2005 book Indian Peter was later adapted for a BBC Scotland
radio documentary which he presented. His book Frightener, co-written with Lisa
Brownlie, was instrumental in cleaning the names of two men wrongly imprisoned
for mass murder and is currently being developed as a feature film. Blood
City is his first foray into fiction.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.