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Summary

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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Tony M You've Been Gone Too Long

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!

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Bravo

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.

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never disappoints me

I love these books !
and I love this narrator . just downloaded his next one and I know I won't be disappointed!

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Another great read from the faultless James Oswald

I love James Oswald's books and read by the wonderful Ian Hanmore makes them irresistible.

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Another great mcclean book

Loved the narration Hanmore on form as always, great little twists and turns. Really enjoyed

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Excellent as always

I love these McLean books and this one did not disappoint. It's dark and moody. I hope these books just keep coming

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Inspector McLean back on form!

The first books in the series were great, then they lost their charm, but this one is great again, really glad I gave it a chance.

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Not the best in the series

Found the plot weak and drawn out with a contrived ending .
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Probably the least enjoyable of the books I have read in the series so far. The title has little to do with the plot

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This series is getting better & better!

Great story line and characters who are flawed & therefore very believable. Narration is superb. Looking forward to listening to the next one!

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Disppointing

After a promising start with an intriguing crime to solve the book loses momentum and relies on padding out with far too many tedious scenes of MacLean getting a bollicking from various senior officers annoyed by his maverick approach to policing: boring and oh! so clichéd. Much of the narrative depends on MacLean going off on his own and getting into trouble or injured and ending up in hospital. The ending is rushed and doesn’t make sense. All together a disappointing book after the previous one.
The narrator is excellent as usual