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James Oswald
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Book Description

3 July 2014 Inspector Mclean 4 (Book 4)

Dead Men's Bones is the fourth novel in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector McLean series set in Edinburgh and is already a Sunday Times Top Five bestseller.

A family lies slaughtered in an isolated house in North East Fife . . .

Morag Weatherly and her two young daughters have been shot by husband Andrew, an influential politician, before he turned the gun on himself.

But what would cause a rich, successful man to snap so suddenly?

For Inspector Tony McLean, this apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into a world of power and privilege. And the deeper he digs, the more he realises he's being manipulated by shadowy factions.

Under pressure to wrap up the case, McLean instead seeks to uncover layers of truth - putting the lives of everyone he cares about at risk . . .

The first three titles in the bestselling Inspector McLean series - Natural Causes, The Book of Souls, and The Hangman's Song, are all available as Penguin paperbacks and ebooks. Fans of Ian Rankin and Stuart MacBride will love James Oswald's writing.

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

James Oswald is the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The first three, Natural Causes, The Book of Souls and The Hangman's Song are also available as Penguin paperbacks and ebooks. He has written an epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, which is published by Penguin, as well as comic scripts and short stories.

In his spare time he runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405917091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405917094
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

James Oswald is the author of the Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries. The first two of these, Natural Causes and The Book of Souls were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. Set in an Edinburgh not so different to the one we all know, Detective Inspector Tony McLean is the unlucky policeman who can see beneath the surface of ordinary criminal life to the dark, menacing evil that lurks beneath.

James has also written a classic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro. Inspired by the language and folklore of Wales, it follows the adventures of a young dragon, Sir Benfro, in a land where his kind have been hunted near to extinction by men. The first three books in the series are currently available on kindle.

James has pursued a varied career - from Wine Merchant to International Carriage Driving Course Builder via Call Centre Operative and professional Sheep Shit Sampler (true). He currently lives in a large caravan inside a Dutch Barn in Fife, with three dogs and two cats. He farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.


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The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish (The Herald)

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)

Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers (Daily Mail)

About the Author

James Oswald is the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The first three, Natural Causes, The Book of Souls and The Hangman's Song are also available as Penguin paperbacks and ebooks. His epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, is also published by Penguin. In his spare time he runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep. http://jamesoswald.co.uk


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, going from strength to strength 8 July 2014
By Bookie TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I read the first of this series featuring DI Tony McLean a couple of years ago when I was new to Kindle. It was self published, I was impressed by the quality of his writing and have followed his stories with keen interest since. I'm delighted to note that this one, fourth in the series, and his earlier books have been picked up for publication by Penguin and James Oswald may rightly be considered an established author. His is a difficult genre and comparisons with Rankin and McBride are inevitable, but unnecessary. Each have their place, appeal, similarities and differences. Oswald's Edinburgh series is a police procedural, crime thriller with a twist of the unexplained. It works for me. McLean's developed as an individual, as have his colleagues. The politics of policing a reorganised structure where former boundaries, job titles and expectations have changed is captured well. Allegiances are a thing of the past.

McLean is tasked with wrapping up a family murder/suicide. He's ordered to reach the required outcome. But he's the spanner thrown knowingly into the works. He's caught in power games played by senior colleagues. Corruption at senior level is rife, games are played right down the line. Add the mysterious death of a naked male, tattooed from head to foot ( but in the last couple of weeks), spooks, SAS, wealthy business people and a beguiling female with unusual strengths and you have all the ingredients for a first class tale.

The pace is great and I enjoyed the strong sense of place. Edinburgh and environs are well described and although Oswald doesn't go down the route of dialect, the dialogue is definitely local. People 'blether' and 'guddle' and I found their voices very Scottish. Quietly so, in the main. The hint of the supernatural or unexplained is there but remains plausible.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I'm convinced this is a series with legs. It just gets better and better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I was very fortunate to have been sent a copy of this from the author himself, but hadn't actually read book 3, The Hangman's Song, at the time. Needless to say I got straight on to it, and could hardly wait to finish it so that I could jump straight into this one. The storyline will have been told already in other reviews, so I just want to say that as with all of the previous books in this series, I have not been disappointed. The pace of this book kept me turning the pages well into the night, and although I didn't want the story to end, I so wanted to see what would happen next. Again, the writing is clever, and the mix of crime and chiller married extremely well together. I am still left with unanswered questions regarding the more sinister side to these stories, but having said that, I get the impression that with each book we are being shown a little more of what lies behind the mystical curtain. I am keen to learn more about Tony McLeans background with his parents and grandmother, as I feel this hasn't yet been revealed in all its glory, so I hope Mr Oswald takes the time to explore this in his next 2 books. I look forward to books 5 and 6, but am not looking forward to having to wait for publication, and personally, for me, that is the sign of a good story. Would, and have, recommended to others.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good start, pity about the ending 18 July 2014
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I bought this book on the basis of the reviews. James Oswald was referred to as the new Ian Rankin and having lived in Edinburgh and read all the Rebus books this sounded right up my street. Oswald writes well, the characters are interesting and believable and the plot developed well. At eighty percent in I was enjoying it and looking forward to seeing how the author would pull all the strands together. Sadly. to my mind, he didn't, and the book fizzled out lamely with ridiculous supernatural overtones. There was a hint that a rational explanation might be found but none emerged. I was reminded of the first time author who rang a publisher and asked how long a novel should be. When hearing "about 80,000 words" she said "good, I'm finished". This was more like Ian Rankin meets Dennis Wheatley. It is a pity, as Oswald clearly has what it takes but I think he need to decide which genre he is writing for, detective fiction or fantasy. In my opinion the two do not mix.
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Couldn't wait to read this new book as I'd read the previous books and enjoyed them and could see that with each book the author was growing better and better. The characters are becoming more rounded as they progress through each book and you begin to feel more and more that they are real people.The locations in and around Edinburgh are well described and as a "local" I can definitely say that althought the names may be changed slightly it's easy to work out where they are because of the accurate description of the areas.I love the continuity of his writing,referring to people,places or events from previous books means the reader can recall things they have read in earlier books and keep that link though the whole series so far,I'm also very happy that the cat has become a regular in each,being someone who has had cats for many years his descriptions of the behavior of this animal is just spot on! Hope the next book comes along very soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Good writing. Good read 15 July 2014
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Much better writing from James Oswald. Not nearly so violent and he is improving with plotline.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A gripping storyline. Hard to put down.
Published 1 hour ago by David Peach
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story.
Published 2 hours ago by Janet McKenna
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the character of Inspector Tony McLean and how he ...
Having read the previous three books couldn't wait to read this one. I love the character of Inspector Tony McLean and how he doesn't quite toe the line. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Margaret Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
McLean at his best
Published 6 hours ago by Charles Tulloch
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping story
This was another gripping story from James Oswald... can't praise his writing enough. Book 4 was with the wait... hoping book 5 is coming soon as I need my Tony McLean fix..
Published 10 hours ago by M. Joan Mclean
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, could'nt wait to read it
Excellent , could'nt wait to read it,after down loading a sample.
Published 15 hours ago by Rosemarie
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Ending
Would have given five stars but for the disappointing ending where nothing was explained in a satisfactory manner.
Published 17 hours ago by Apron Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars 4th in the series
James Oswald. 4th in series.
Dead Mens Bones.
Inspector McLean has been landed with a tattooed body found in the river, and a MSP who has killed his 2 kids, his wife... Read more
Published 17 hours ago by tom elder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Looking forward to book 5.
Published 20 hours ago by john newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
James Oswald does it again love his books !!
Published 1 day ago by Nicola O.
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