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The Good Sonby Russel D. Mclean
Synopses & Reviews
"THE GOOD SON is the most exciting, and gripping, Scottish crime fiction debut of recent years. Stylish and atmospheric, it marks the arrival of a exceptional talent." --John Connolly
“McLean has all the merits of this brilliant writer [Jean-Patrick Manchette] with the added bonus of a Scottish sense of wit that is like no other.” --Ken Bruen
"Scottish crime fiction is entering a new era and Russel McLean is at the vanguard. A thrilling new writer, a brilliant debut...The Good Son is very good indeed." --Tony Black
Recipient of widespread praise for his award-winning crime short stories, Russel McLeans full-length debut has been characterized by key crime authors and critics alike as the emergence of a major talent.
There is something rotten behind the apparent sucide of Daniel Robertson and its about to come bursting into the life of J. McNee, a Scottish private investigator with a near-crushing level of personal baggage. James Robertson, a local farmer, finds his estranged brothers corpse hanging from a tree. The police claim suicide. But McNee is about to uncover the disturbing truth behind the death. With a pair of vicious London thugs on the move in the Scottish countryside, its only a matter of time before people start dying. As the body count rises, McNee finds himself on a collision course with his own demons and an increasing array of brutal killers in a violent, bloody showdown that threatens to leave none involved alive. Plumbing the depths of love, loss, betrayal, and one broken mans attempt to come to terms with his past, The Good Son successfully blends the classic style of the gumshoe era with the outer edges of modern noir.
"In McLean's uneven debut, PI J. McNee, a former Dundee cop, still bears the physical and emotional scars from the car accident that killed his fiance nine months earlier. When a local farmer, James Robertson, discovers the body of his estranged brother, Daniel, an apparent suicide, McNee reluctantly takes the case. Even though the pair hadn't spoken in 30 years, James can't believe Daniel killed himself. As McNee starts digging, he discovers that Daniel worked as a heavy for Gordon Egg, an ex-gangster turned club owner in London's seedy Soho district. When a woman claiming to know Daniel arrives in Dundee, followed by two vicious thugs with ties to Egg's empire, McNee realizes he may have stepped into something bigger than he can handle. McLean relies too heavily on American noir clichs — the tortured investigator, lost loves, crime bosses and their femme fatales — and never puts his distinctive stamp on the formula, despite the moody Scottish setting." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Recipient of two starred reviews in Publishers Weekly for his crime short stories, Russel Mcleans full length debut has been characterized by authors such as John Connolly and Ken Bruen as the emergence of a major talent.
There is something rotten behind the apparent suicide of Daniel Robertson and its about to come bursting into the life of J. McNee, a Scottish P.I. with too much baggage. James Robertson, a local farmer, finds his estranged brothers corpse hanging from a tree. The police claim suicide. But Dundonian private investigator J. McNee is about to uncover the disturbing truth behind the death. With a pair of vicious London hard men loose in the Scottish city, its only a matter of time before people start dying. McNee must confront his own demons and these brutal killers in a violent, bloody showdown that threatens to leave no-one alive. Plumbing the depths of love, loss, betrayal and one broken mans attempt to come to terms with his past, this deliciously dark debut successfully blends the classic style of the gumshoe era with modern sensibilities.
About the Author
RUSSEL MCLEAN writes for Crime Spree Magazine, The Big Thrill, At Central Booking and Crime Scene Scotland. His short fiction has been published in crime magazines in both US and the UK.
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