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!
"another brilliant. book in the series"
cant wait for the next one! I feel very attached to the protagonist and his love of curry, beer and of course, chilli!
"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.
"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.
I listened to this having bought it as a deal. first time for this author. very good story, odd at times and I wish the ending could have said more.
I bought this book on a daily deal and was unsure I would like it after buying another Scottish inspector thriller mid way through the series, which I did not enjoy.
As I said above it is not easy jumping into a series midway as you do not understand the principal characters fully, however this was brilliant.
Inspector McLean his life and the Scottish police he worked with were very believable and kept you wanting for more.
The supernatural spin was a complement to the new and age old crime being investigated. The story of McLeans everyday life woven through the crime story reminded me of the Michael Robotham series of Joe Mcloughlin, makes me want to listen to more in the series.
Lastly, fabulous narration by Ian Hanmore, his lovely soft Scottish accent made for a faultless listen.
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