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Published by Macmillan, 10 August 2017. ISBN: 978-1-5098-0701-7(HB)
novels in this series, Follow the Dead features two protagonists,
forensic scientist Rhona Macleod and Detective Sergeant McNab of the Glasgow
Police. Rhona is on holiday with her partner Sean in the Cairngorms to
celebrate Hogmanay (the Scottish New Year) while McNab, is in the process of
getting a tattoo on his back to disguise a bullet wound received during
military service in Afghanistan and taking rather a fancy to the pretty girl
tattooist Ellie, herself a walking gallery of tattoo art, is expecting to
celebrate Hogmanay in Glasgow. Neither is able to do so. Rhona is called out to
a plane crash in the mountains and then to a rock shelter where the bodies of
three climbers have been found; there was a fourth climber, Isla, where is she?
And McNab is called out to a rowdy night club which results in a massive haul of
cocaine and a number of arrests of men having sex with under-age girls, in
particular a 13-year old from Syria who had been smuggled into Scotland via
Norway. She had been injured during the raid and is taken to hospital but
the crashed plane has been discovered; the pilot's body is further away from
the plane, apparently dead of injuries received during the crash. A search of
the plane reveals remnants of a substantial amount of cocaine, but where is the
bulk of the cocaine? Then the missing climber is found, alive but only just,
and suffering from extreme hypothermia. Her story is that she had gone out
during the night to relieve herself, had then got lost, and a stranger appeared
and offered to guide her back to the rock shelter. But he did not, and Isla
realised that his intentions were malign. She manages to get away and hide. But
who was the stranger? And why should he want to kill her? A third strand is the
arrival of Norwegian detective Alvis Olsen who believes that the two series of
events are linked, not only by the cocaine but by the trafficking of refugee
children not just for sexual exploitation but for something far worse. A fourth
strand is the possible involvement of McNab's childhood friend Davey Stevenson
with the leading Glasgow gangster Brophy. All these strands are brought
together in a compelling narrative which moves from Glasgow to the Cairngorms
to Stavanger in Norway culminating in a thrilling denouement across the North
Sea in the depths of a winter storm.
particularly struck by the author's vivid and compelling description of the
perils of a Highland winter and the role played by the Cairngorm Mountain
Rescue Team to which the book is dedicated, also by her knowledge of forensic
science techniques so necessary to establish the manner and time of death which
makes such an important contribution towards establishing criminal liability.
She thanks the Norwegian police authorities for providing information on which
the episodes in Norway are based and also information regarding human
Reviewer: Radmila May
Lin Andersonwas born in Greenock. She attended
the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Lin is a Tartan Noir crime novelist
and screenwriter. Whilst best known as the creator of forensic scientist Rhona
MacLeod, Lin has a second mystery thriller series featuring private
investigator Patrick de Courvoisier, set in glamorous Cannes (think The
Rockford Files meets James Bond). As of 2010 the Rhona MacLeod books are being
developed for ITV.
born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven apart from seven
years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice.
Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and still does occasional
work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and updating of
her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence published
late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly criminal
flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens Press – a
third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories anthology –
and is now concentrating on her own writing.