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The Damage Done Audiobook

The Damage Done: Inspector McLean 6

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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

What the Critics Say

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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  • Wras
    Kildonan
    2/27/16
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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.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Somewhere between a pair of headphones.
    2/28/16
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    "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.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    7/5/17
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    "Brilliant"

    Great story, but if the review is optional, why does it require fifteen words to be written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    8/16/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/2/16
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    "Still frustrating in so many ways"
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    I have listened to all the Inspector McLean books and they both irritate me and enthral me. I like James Oswald's imaginative story line with just that little bit of otherworldly content. But I always feel that he either does not do much research on his subject or he really does not understand the way the modern police service works. The first major problem I had was that his grandmother had been kept in ITU on life support for years! Rubbish! And there has always been this theme running through the books that all senior officers in the Scottish Police are bullies, idiots and self promoting toadies - which is also rubbish. This book was not his best. By the last few chapters, I already knew how the storyline was going to come out, and I was not wrong. I would be happier to go back to the more "spooky" stories.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • rose turner
    4/27/16
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    "Well what was the point"

    Good story until the end but no idea what it was all about . Who was doing the covering up . Who were the couple and why were they acting as they were . Won't be buying another book in the series

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    5/7/16
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    "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!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hurtlejolt
    Oxford, UK
    8/19/17
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    "A Bit Far Fetched"
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    Is it me, or do James Oswald's stories get a little more far fetched with each new story? Enjoyed it, but it left with too many unanswered questions. Also, I am starting to feel that he is re-writing the same basic plot with each new book. Great narration again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Slough, United Kingdom
    7/11/17
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    "Whole series is consistently good"

    All of the Inspector McLean novels have been interesting and entertaining to listen to. They are close to being the perfect audio books because they are not too convoluted (which would make them difficult if not tiresome to follow) but neither are they too simple: they are just complex enough. They are extremely well narrated by Ian Hanmore and they have narrative elements which continue from book to book, so the listener becomes familiar with and fond of the characters (such as the irritable Inspector Duguid) and the themes, such as the supernatural. They are thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    3/27/17
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    "Just too many words."

    Just too many words. Too much unneeded description. At times I got bored of listening and had to jump forward. Narrator did well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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