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Published by Constable, 23 October 2014. ISBN: 978-1-4721-1230-9
Scottish crime writers seem set fair to corner the market in the
gritty, graphic style of murder mystery, and this Glasgow-based account of the
investigation of a particularly nasty case will almost certainly be the first
of a series.
Kat Wheeler suspects McMafia involvement when a reclusive child psychologist is
found battered to death and suspended from a hook by a couple of his youthful
clients – but there’s no proof, and every alibi seems to stand up. A second
death appears to involve Kat’s student nephew, but again there’s no proof.
Kat and her sidekick acting D I Ross pick their way through various leads and
meet nothing but dead ends, the Glasgow underworld is looking after its own, in
result is a grim, abrasive story which takes in violence, drug peddling, the
lasting effects of child neglect, feuds within the police force and a lot of
background and character development which are no doubt intended to contribute
to future volumes in the series.
not for the faint-hearted; the language is robust and the descriptions are
explicit, especially of dead bodies and uncared-for homes and children. The
front-line police officers have their own problems, and each deals differently
with the stress of the job.
there’s a little too much information; the narrative would be tighter and
sharper, the pace brisker and the prose crisper with fewer background details
and less stating of the obvious. But these are first-novel problems, and
there’s nothing which can’t be fixed further down the line by a good editor.
McCreanor creates some interesting characters; even the minor ones, such as the
first victim’s prickly mother and a couple of teachers in last-chance schools,
come across loud and clear. He knows his Glasgow too, from the benign
middle-class suburbs down to the squalid back streets.
certainly a series in the making here, and I’ll be interested to see how it
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
A J McCreanorwas born in Glasgow and after university taught
English in various secondary schools in inner Glasgow. In 2011 she won first
prize for crime fiction writing at the Wells Literature Festival. She now lives
in Glastonbury with her husband, two cats and one dog.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.