A body is found in a tree in the Meadows, Edinburgh's beautiful public park. The forensics suggest that the corpse has fallen from a height - but was it an accident or a shocking message?
The dead man had led quite a life - a disgraced ex-cop turned criminal kingpin and, most recently, the head of a celebrated charity.
As McLean investigates, his search takes him from the city's underworld - crossing paths with some of the most dangerous and the most vulnerable people in society - before taking him to the heart of a shadowy conspiracy stretching back years....
©2017 James Oswald (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.
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This is one series where I always look forwards to the next instalment. The mixture of strong characters, police procedural and elements of the supernatural all infused with Ian Hanmore's smooth as velvet narration are all ingredients for a fine audiobook experience. Another odd case confronts Inspector McLean with a body appearing to have been dropped from a great height making for a tough assignment.
After the dizzying heights and dramatic crescendo that Oswald achieved in the previous instalment "The Damage Done" it was always going to be a tough act to follow and I think it has proved that way. Much of this book felt a just a little more staid and ordinary than the previous ones until the concluding hours of the book. Most of the it feels like the characters being given a much deserved break from their earlier physical and metaphysical exertions. Personally I luxuriated happily listening to the purring Hanmore and enjoying the characters as much as the story even if the ending and the way the mystery of the original crime was resolved was a little unimpressive to my ears.
I see some reviews on Amazon are strongly hinting that this book could be taken as a stand-alone novel. I suppose that it could be and still be enjoyed but this series is so good that I would urge anyone considering that to instead start from the beginning. The back story of the characters and the premise of the series are so strong that this one is well worth investing in.
So not the best of the series but still enough for me to feel that I have had my McLean fix for the year!
Retired drug and alcohol worker. Due to a spinal injury I unfortunately had to retire earlier than hoped for. I have always enjoyed reading
I counted the days, excited about the release of James Oswalds latest book. I was not disappointed only sorry that I have finished it. It was full of twists and turns keeping me absorbed and guessing throughout the whole book. I feel I know the character's each with their own individual personalities. James Oswald can write his books without acts of brutal violence, blood and gore that can be quite horrific to read/listen to. Also, although there is some cursing, it is appropriate within the character and not just endless bad language that is totally unnecessary. Ian Hanmore was again faultless in his narration. Roll on the next book.
The story itself is always entertaining and original in the Insp MacLean novels but even this one lost the plot in more than one spot.
As I have bought all the previous MacLean books, I thought I should try this one too even though they have been gradually getting on my nerves. I will never listen to another. Firstly, I do not feel that Oswald really does enough in depth research. He concentrates on the storyline which has been the only thing that has kept me going, but the background and everything else that goes into a book is just not there. I wondered that right from the start. I am a Nurse for my sins and the first book has his grandmother dying after years on a ventilator after a stroke! This would NEVER happen and I really do not know what he thought this would bring to the storyline. But, I passed it over anyway. But all through the books his medical knowledge and that of the NHS is sadly lacking in research. As are some of the aspects of modern policing. Senior Officers get where they are on merit these days. Every senior officer portrayed is a blustering buffoon with no idea of man management or leadership. No Police Force could exist with men like those portrayed in charge. And MacLean himself is sometimes a complete idiot when it comes to being a Police Officer. I am afraid I have just got fed up with shouting at the recording when it gets ridiculous. Good Luck to all those who do like him though.
The narration is as good as usual, but the story relies a bit too much on previous books, I won't say things are getting a bit stale....yet.... but come on James you can and have done better work.
Absolutely - however it would need to be as good as previous work by the author - or it would be getting returned.
any thing to do with Mrs MacCutchens cat
Overall the book was ok, all the well known characters were there, the narrator seemed like an old friend,..... However so did the story line
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
This was a little disappointing. Having enjoyed the others in this series I felt that this story was not one of the better ones.
I thought the narrator was good so it was a good and enjoyable story to listen to, but one that could be skimmed with not great loss to the tale.
Well read as ever, with familiar characters and evil doers making a reappearance. Twists and turns, life in peril, and emotions we can all understand. But that ending? Oh my, the wait for the next book will be torture!
I have all this series of books and can honestly say the characters feel like old friends and I really look forward to dipping into their strange complicated work and home lives.
This book however isn't the best of the series so I strongly advise you start at the beginning and listen to all the books in order and I sincerely believe you will be as hooked as I am. If you like crime/thriller with a large splash of the occult and sense of humour these are the books for you.
Just when I was starting to think that maybe this would be the last of the Inspector McLean books I would listen to I was once again glued. The detecting was more main stream than in the past with the weird limited (more or less) to a 'dragon' dropping a body in a tree to start the story off. I enjoyed the story and the characters and, as always, Ian Hanmore's reading.
As engaging as ever...we meet some new faces, say goodbye to a few and hello again to some old ones! Another gripping tale that keeps Tony on his toes!
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