Synopses & Reviews
Dundee-based private investigator J. McNee finds himself way out of his depth in his latest undercover assignment
Working undercover on behalf of the police, McNee's mission is to get close to aging gangster David Burns and uncover his secrets. In his role as Burns' new right hand man, he's expected to follow orders and get his hands dirty. But how far can he go before he crosses the line? With the murder of Burns' nephew - supposedly under McNee's protection at the time - the tension ratchets up to breaking point, and McNee finds himself in the midst of a vicious turf war. His cover at risk of being blown at any moment, in this deadly game McNee is beginning to realize he's expendable. To survive, he's going to have to change the rules ... Dark, violent and psychologically gripping, Cry Uncle blends the grit of classic American hardboiled fiction with a distinctly Scottish voice and attitude.
"McLean immediately ratchets up the tension in his gritty fifth J. McNee mystery. Will appeal to fans of Denise Mina and Ian Rankin." Publishers Weekly
"Well-wrought scenes with plenty of action" Booklist
Working undercover on behalf of the police, private investigator J. McNee's latest mission is to get close to ageing gangster David Burns and uncover his secrets. In his role as Burns' new right hand man, he's expected to follow orders and get his hands dirty. But how far can McNee go before he crosses the line?
About the Author
Russel D. McLean is the author of three previous novels featuring Dundonian private investigator J McNee, the first of which, The Good Son, was shortlisted for the Shamus Best First PI novel of 2009 by the Private Eye Writers of America. For the past ten years, Russel has worked in the book industry as a bookseller, reviewer and author. Originally from Fife in Scotland, he currently divides his time between Dundee and Glasgow.