Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Damage Done by James Oswald, read by Ian Hanmore. The sixth book in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector McLean series set in Edinburgh.
Inspector McLean is back in the next gripping instalment in James Oswald's best-selling crime series. McLean must investigate the seedy goings-on of an exclusive and secretive society catering to the rich and powerful of the city. Somehow it is linked to a particularly gruesome cold case from 20 years ago - McLean's first case with the force.
The Damage Done follows Natural Causes, the R&J summer highlight; The Book of Souls; The Hangman's Song; Dead Men's Bones; and Prayer for the Dead.
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Praise for James Oswald: "A star of Scotland's burgeoning crime fiction scene." (Daily Record)
"Crime fiction's next big thing." (The Sunday Telegraph)
"Literary sensation.... James' overnight success has drawn comparisons with the meteoric rise of E. L. James and her Fifty Shades of Grey series." (Daily Mail)
"Fifty Shades of Hay." (The Times)
"Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers." (Daily Mail)
"The new Ian Rankin." (Daily Record)
"The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish." (The Herald)
"A good read." (The Times)
An excellent start to what promises to be a fine series." (Guardian)
"Classy, occasionally brutal, and with the odd suggestion of the supernatural, this will doubtless be another deserved hit. Oswald's writing is in a class above most in this genre." (Daily Express)
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"The supernatural openly confronts Inspector McLean"
I have been waiting for the dark side to make a statement and to step into the inspector's path fully embodied and unapologetically, and on the six book it finally dares to awaken and be.
All the elements of this series are here and are reloaded in a case that takes McLean in to the past and a very menacing present where he meets a truth about society and its blind compliance with evil for the sake of fitting in, not rocking the boat, looking the other way at the expense of the vulnerable.
A very enjoyable read that delivered all I wanted and gave a few unexpected surprises.
"Brilliant as always from James Oswald!"
Another well crafted story from this writer. The characters are three dimensional and believable demonstrating the writer's skill. The plot is multi-layered and held my interest throughout. The narration is skilful and differentiates the characters extremely well, as always by Ian Hanmore. More please!
"Excellent storytelling, intelligent spooky crime"
Oswald creates a world that is believable, yet fascinatingly fictional. Loved the story and the actor was excellent.
"A great gruesome introduction to The series."
This is my first James Oswald book and it won't be my last, the story has supernatural elements which I enjoy similar to John Connelly however in a more subtle tone, the story is complex and I have a feeling this will continue in the next book, it is gruesome in parts but that adds to the gothic feel of the book. Police corruption, murder,child abuse , strange sexual practices it's all here. A great listen too as the narrator is excellent.
"Can't believe how quickly I went through this book"
Really enjoyed this, and the end!!!! Can't wait for the next one. Have read all of them within a few weeks, I'm officially addicted 😎🕵🏼🕵🏼♀️
Slightly inconclusive endings are a charming feature of James Oswald books, however this one is so inconclusive that it renders the whole enjoyable experience a waste of time.
"This series is getting tedious"
I liked the narration which was excellent and the only reason I kept on listening to it. I really have got fed up with the endless repetition. McLean is a cardboard cut out. After 5 books we know virtually nothing about him. He seems to be loathed by everyone in the police force except his 3 loyal subjects, Grumpy Bob, Mcleod ( who is now walking round with an ipad and whose sole contribution is looking up obvious things) and Richie. McLean spends his whole life either staring at mounds of paperwork, getting endless roastings from senior officers and going back to his enormous house where he does nothing except stroke the cat by the Aga. I am not a great lover of the supernatural anyway but this book went way over the top and the ending was plain silly. Won't be bothering with any more of these
Um, favourite character, difficult as the characterisation is so poor. Mrs McCutcheon's cat.
Anyone who is thinking of joining the police in Scotland will probaby start a life of crime instead. Oswald's portrayal of the force is dire and I doubt much research went into it.
I did not know this was a story of fantasy.Iwish I had saved my time and finished early.
"Rambling and drawn out"
I initially enjoyed this recording, but as it progressed I became increasingly frustrated by the detailed description of every scene, whether relevant to the story or not. By the end, I just wanted the book over with. The slow and precise narration was well done, but added to my frustration with the rambling story. The ending seemed even more improbable than the rest of the story.
I noticed a few repetitions and inconsistencies which suggest that the book may not have been very carefully edited.
"Wish it had warned of supernatural ending"
Deeply Unsatisfying book which ends by using supernatural elements to bring it to a conclusion. It ultimately is a dark fantasy novel which is fine if that is what you want, but personally I don't and feel somewhat robbed of the time I spent listening to it.
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