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Publisher's Summary

DS Hutton returns in a blisteringly brutal crime novel that obliterates the line between thriller and horror, and elevates the Hutton series to the upper echelons of contemporary noir fiction. 

Three people are dead. Murdered. Each one bound and gagged in a forest, the top of the skull removed, their exposed brain picked at by crows. If they were lucky, they died quickly. DS Hutton has been on sick leave for several months, living on the side of a Scottish mountain. However, the Plague of Crows has arrived, all hands are on deck and Hutton is summoned back to duty. Outside detectives are brought in, tensions rise, little changes. Hutton, however, finds himself at the forefront of the investigation, drawn further and further into the mire, and soon haunted by his past and plummeting, out of control, into an abyss of sex, alcohol and guilt. And when he reaches the bottom, the Plague of Crows will be waiting for him....

©2017 Douglas Lindsay (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

“Lindsay is an underrated writer with an eccentric, blisteringly satirical voice.” (Sunday Express)

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a good story with unnecessary porn and missing huge portions of the actual story line. could have been so much better. very disappointing.

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A Bit too “Dark”

I really liked the first book, but this one went down a really dark and disturbing path 🥴. Descriptions were very graphic- maybe a little less of that? I just had to finish it though.
The ending felt like it was thrown together at the last second - it ended so quickly after they found the suspect. I would have liked more of a bang at the end after all the tension working up to it.
I am still a fan & want to find out how the main character recovers & overcomes his demons.
I look forward to your next book, 🤞less gore in it.

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DARK

Definitely dark and grewsome, and a good read if one enjoys such, as i do.

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  • 06-05-22

Dark, sombre and unsatisfactory

You need to be feeling strong to take this book on. It's full of unspeakable horror and deep, despairing depression as once again a deeply troubled, maverick cop takes on the arch villain. But it's slow going and the back story of the cop dominates leaving much of the plot to unfold through simple narrative. The denouement is to my mind very unsatisfactory. Regrettably I don't think the imagination that inflicts the horror is matched by the quality of the story telling, though to be honest I'm also very tired of this same anti-hero detective appearing time and again in all these only slightly different guises.