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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 James Oswald (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

Critic Reviews

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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  • Louise
  • 06-06-16

Didn't want it to end!

Love this series. Love the detective although wish he'd eat more and find someone who would make him sit down and chill a bit. The writing and the performance are superb. As soon as I start to listen I can see it in my head as though it was on TV. The biggest issue I have with James Oswald is he doesn't write them quickly enough.

Oh and what a sneaky twist at the end.

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  • 02-27-16

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.

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  • Paul D
  • 06-14-16

Great Scottish police crime drama

I've read many of Mr Oswalds other books and always found them enjoyable , a cut above an airport book. It is easy to compare his writing with Nesbit/Rebus and while this is a fair comparison Mr Oswalds works are good enough and different enough to stand alone as . . . .
I would have given this a rare five star rating, just because I enjoyed it so much, but I was annoyed by what l considered a very unsatisfactory conclusion.
I eagerly await his next offering

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  • sarah
  • 06-01-16

good storey

loved this storey, it was much better than the lady on. cant wait for the next book. over all this is a fab series

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  • Simon
  • 02-28-16

Breaking the Surface Tension

James Oswald invites us back into his version of the Scottish detective story. He has created a niche inhabited not just by the usual scene of criminals and slightly neurotic cops but also bubbling just below the surface are constant instances of the supernatural. Occasionally the surface tension is burst and powers from the netherworld are seemingly unleashed.

In this the latest episode an incident from the beginning of his police career returns to haunt McLean. The story has everything we've come to expect from this series including the now familiar characters and plenty of twists and turns along the way.

Oswald still has plenty of momentum and his story is propelled along smoothly by the purring Ian Hanmore who manages to deliver the tension, macabre and even humour with equal aplomb.

Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Sigrin
  • 08-16-16

Scottish noir


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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  • suepete
  • 05-21-16

great listen I will try and find more of the same.

I hope I can find another book to start next that will keep as entertained

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  • Kaz
  • 05-15-16

Can't wait for the next in the series!!

Great story! Completely absorbing!
Read beautifully by Ian Hanmore who brings McLean to life. Highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-22-16

Brilliant read

Another fab story from James Oswald. I love Tony Maclean and the plot as always kept me hooked till the end. Ian Hanmore does an excellent job narrating the story and his voice is hypnotic. Can't wait till the next instalment.

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  • Graham
  • 04-18-16

Excellent book

Really enjoyed this audiobook, good story and well read. Looking forward to the next one.

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