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Inspector McLean 7
James Oswald
psychological, mystery, thriller, police procedural
Michael Joseph
June 29, 2017

When a body is found in a tree in The Meadows, Edinburgh's scenic parkland, the forensics suggest the corpse has fallen from a great height.

Detective Inspector Tony McLean wonders whether it was an accident, or a murder designed to send a chilling message?

The dead man had led quite a life: a disgraced ex-cop turned criminal kingpin who reinvented himself as a celebrated philanthropist.

As McLean traces the victim's journey, it takes him back to Edinburgh's past, and through its underworld - crossing paths with some of its most dangerous and most vulnerable people.

And waiting at the end of it all, is the truth behind a crime that cuts to the very heart of the city...

A taut and complex police procedural where the solution is not what you expected.

Whilst there are references to previous occurrences – this is the 7th book in the series – this did not distract from, or impede the current story.

This was my first book by this author and I was very taken by the clean style and concise method of storytelling.

I liked the characters but did guess the mystery illness quite early on as I recognised the symptoms! What I also suspected was what the drug was that was used as I have come across this in other stories.

So because I did guess some elements it is down to 4 (4.5) rather than 5 stars.

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