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The 10th book in the Sunday Times best-selling Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland's most celebrated crime writers. 

When a member of the Police Scotland team fails to clock in for work, concern for her whereabouts is immediate...and the discovery of her burnt-out car in remote woodland to the south of Edinburgh sets off a desperate search for the missing woman. 

Meanwhile, DCI Tony McLean and the team are preparing for a major anti-corruption operation - one which may raise the ire of more than a few powerful people in the city. Is Anya Renfrew's disappearance a coincidence or related to the case? 

McLean's investigations suggest that perhaps that Anya isn't the first woman to have mysteriously vanished in these ancient hills. Once again, McLean can't shake the feeling that there is a far greater evil at work here.... 

©2020 James Oswald (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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  • Simon
  • 02-23-20

The Auld Enemy!

It's another quality outing with DCI Tony McLean. As he struggles with the implications of his higher station in the police world events unravel that will pitch him into a web of superstition and local folklore. As the case moves on an old enemy surfaces and the mind games begin.

In many ways though this is a slightly stripped back McLean with more emphasis on the procedural and some of the characters who have previously been central to the chaos that surrounds him feel strangely absent. The whole thing does coalesce into a traditional Oswald grandstand finish which will leave fans of the series purring but much of the story has a very slightly softer and subtler cast to it. Whether this is a permanent change or just a brief respite for some of those characters and features of the series remains to be seen but the last few hours strongly suggests that superstitious influences are never going to be far from McLean.

The narration from Ian Hanmore is just as good as always though he isn't challenged to do some of the more outlandish vocal gymnastics that some of the previous stories have asked of him.

Another really good and solid addition to the series, perhaps a tad on the colder side with less of the rich characterisation but a worthy addition to the series nonetheless.

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  • Nicola
  • 02-23-20

Bury Them Deep

I love it kept me wanting more & I didn’t want it to end I really enjoyed it

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  • patrick r malone
  • 06-11-20

Too unbelievable

Gave up without finishing. Very disappointing and will definitely make me think twice about reading any more of his novels.

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  • Saffron R
  • 11-24-20

Compelling stuff

Lovely shouldn't apply to dark and gritty stuff like this but it does. In such safe hands with James Oswald and Tony McLean as he delivers on all levels. Detailed, dark, meaty (oops) crimes with more than a touch of psychological menace & a tiny bit of the supernatural to be totally immersive. The competent steerage of CI McLean with the awesome handling by Ian Hanmore (such a joy). This is good, so good. No fairy tales here, even in McLean's relationship which lurks nicely in the background and doesn't overwhelm the investigation. We have to wait until Feb 21 for next one. Ugh, if only I could start a new one a week - I would set that time aside.

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  • L M Brown
  • 09-15-20

EXCELLENT

Very good as usual. So well-written and narrated. I have enjoyed the whole series very much! Hope it continues!

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  • Bookaholic
  • 05-22-20

Repeat -almost

The story is good, but it was so very similar in places to Oswalds last book, that I questioned myself so many times if I had actually read this before. Excellent narration by Ian Hanmore.

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  • Sue
  • 04-01-20

❤️

Good story, great characters, good narration, thoroughly enjoyable now patiently waiting for the next one.

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  • Salemagal
  • 03-17-20

Excellent storytelling - as always!

This is the latest in James Oswald's Tony McLean series and did not disappoint. Ian Hanmore's narration was, as usual, superb and he brought the characters to life. Now the wait starts for the next one.....

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 02-26-20

Cannibalism and dogging ... wow

Well here I am to lower the tone of these reviews, this one was 'Oswald does folklore' and wow, what a combination.

This story revolves primarily around the disappearance of a team member, Anya, who has been leading a double life, but her disappearance is far from straightforward and it takes Mclean to solve it, as well as many missing persons cases going back decades ...

It's all very exciting and I very much recommend this book to all McLean lovers, despite it's sad lack of Madame Rose.

Ian Hanmore gives a sterling performance and is, as always, a delight to listen to.

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  • susanne H
  • 02-21-20

Loved It

Brilliant story and narration as ever . Only missing one thing -please bring Mme Rose back

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  • Nat Venosi
  • 12-27-20

A steady favourite

Great story, good change from the last couple of themes although still within the dark depths of weird and scary. I am a fan for the long term, please keep them coming!

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  • soo jay
  • 05-28-20

A diverting read, but not my favourite.

I've read all the Tony MacLean series and I have to admit I found this latest one a bit disappointing. There were one or two interesting new characters and mercifully this one was free of the annoying Mrs. Saifra (I'm guessing the spelling), but, omg, why is Tony still so stilted. He is supposed to be in a long-term relationship with Emma and they are like two cardboard cutout people. Get out Emma, find a man with a pulse.

The story is reasonably interesting but swerves predictably into Hammer House of Horrors at the climax, after a tediously detailed description of some old farm building. Clunky references to past cases litter this book, presumably to remind the reader of early parts of the series. It is really distracting.

I did enjoy the character of the retired Deputy Chief Inspector (?) who is living in an aged care home. The author gives her the dignity of having lived a useful and important life, which is often not acknowledged about elderly people, especially women.

Ian Hanmore's narration was excellent, as always.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-20

Enjoyable. A worthy read.

I will definitely buy more, which is the ultimate review response.

This had me completely interested the whole way through. Edge of my seat sometimes. Ending could have explained a little more but was sufficient.

I think the narrator is perhaps the best I've listened to. I normally steer clear of Scottish yarns due to my partial deafness, but this could not be clearer. Crystal!

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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 04-05-20

Absolute edge of seat story

Omg, this had me on edge for most of the book. James Oswald is fabulous, he weaves a fantastic take that drags you in kicking and screaming and spits you out the other end spent, full of unease and wanting more, more, more. Ian Hanmore is just amazing, I could listen to him reading any book at all, but his narration of all of James Oswald's books, and in particular this one, make me believe these characters are real. I will look forward to the next installment of McLean and co with much anticipation. I did miss Madame Rose though.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 03-08-20

Bit bloody but good

I liked it yes I enjoyed this yarn. I really like the chief inspector he’s real and has a good sense of fun. I will read more if there are more