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Russel D. McLean
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9 Sep 2009
A teenage girl is missing in Scotland's fourth city. Her godfather is a known criminal and her mother is hiding a dark secret. For Private Investigator J. McNee, what starts as a favour for a friend soon becomes a nightmare as he races to find Mary Furst before it's too late. The Good Son launced the career of Russel D. McLean, introducing McNee to crime readers. McLean and McNee are back with another slab of Scottish noir at its best.

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  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications; 1st edition (9 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905512791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905512799
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 740,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scottish crime fiction is entering a new era and Russel McLean is in the vanguard. --Tony Black

Russel D McLean hasn't only made the British PI credible, he's updated and honed the sub-genre to a razor-sharp edge... tight, sleek and controlled, with an emotional resonance that is utterly refreshing. --Ray Banks

About the Author

The Lost Sister is Russel D. McLean's second book. He writes for Crime Scene Scotland, The Big Thrill and Do Some Damage. He lives in Dundee. The third novel featuring J. McNee, Father Confessor, appears in 2012.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hardboiled and touching 18 Mar 2011
Hard-boiled Dundee PI McNee is called upon to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl. He's reluctant, since the girl is the god-daughter of David Burns - someone that McNee is not particularly fond of, and that's putting it lightly. McNee lets himself be beguiled by his dislike of Burns - as well as his desire to right some wrongs - as he investigates the secrets and lies that lead him to become more and more emotionally involved in the case. Brutal, chilling, pacy and dramatic, THE LOST SISTER is superb - but very sad. I felt melancholic from about half way through and burst into tears at the end. McNee is an excellent character - tough as nails on the outside, but much softer on the inside - something he does his best to hide. He is uncompromising about right and wrong, his moral compass is firmly set, and his prickly exterior hides a troubled and isolated person who just can't get close to people. You don't know whether to hug him or punch him. Russel McLean spins a fine and expertly told tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Local Hero! 25 Jan 2013
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Met the Author in local Dundee book store when home for Christmas ... Really nice guy who, as you would imagine, is passionate about his subject. Borrowed his first book, The Good Son, from my Mum and enjoyed it, so decided to order this. There is a lot of (unnecessary?) bad language, but nice short chapters and a great story. The writing is excellent, I look forward to reading Russel's next book. Prompt delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beaten up, kicked, punched, kicked again 30 Sep 2012
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P.I. J. McNee doesn't half get beaten up, kicked, punched, kicked again...but somehow manages to stagger his way through McLean's second tale set in the mean streets of Dundee, Scotland's hidden and strange secret city.
Crime fans will be very familiar with MacBride's Aberdeen, McIlvanney's Glasgow or Rankin's Edinburgh; but who would ever have thought of choosing Dundee as a setting for their novel? A city whose glory days are gone, whose future looks bleak?
McLean has grasped the persona of Dundee; the comic home of Desperate Dan of The Dandy fame, famous for marmalade and The Sunday Post, and brings to life characters who live out their lives in the grey and grim streets of a city that teeters on the brink of collapse whilst managing to retain a generous underbelly of self mocking humour.
McNee, a former police officer, has lost all sense of direction in his life after the death of his girlfriend in a car crash. A P.I's life in Dundee is certainly not glamorous and while still nursing the after effects of a serious injury, McNee is forced to face his enemies and his personal beliefs in The Lost Sister.
The story McLean hooks the reader into so effortlessly surrounds a missing teenager. Nothing especially interesting had happened; when her mother came home from the shop her daughter was gone. Surely a case of a family argument and the teenager taking off to her friend's house? But the police are trying to keep the disappearance under wraps which makes the journalist who involved McNee suspicious. Very soon McLean plants his first bombshell; the missing girl has a surprising uncle and godfather; David Burns, the local hero in some people's eyes, who wants to help rejuvenate the city; but to others, especially McNee, the local Mr. Big who is 'untochable.
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Recovered physically but not emotionally from an accident which cost the life of his fiancée, followed by a downward spiral which led to his breaking of a superior officer's nose, J McNee has wisely left the CID and has been working as a private investigator in his home town of Dundee, Scotland. Morose and cynical, he suffers from agonizing psychosomatic injuries which sometimes nearly paralyze him as a result of the violence of his past life. When he is asked to investigate a missing person by reporter Cameron Connolly, McNee takes the job, "off the books," working in parallel with the Dundee CID. The missing person is Mary Furst, a fourteen-year-old girl, who is also the god-daughter of David Burns, a thug who is "knuckle deep in drug money, extortion, rackets, underground deals, and blackmail." Detective Constable Ernie Bright, a man who had trained McNee at CID and who still hopes he will return to the force, is his contact there, though he will work most closely with Susan Bright, Ernie's daughter.

As he investigates the circumstances surrounding Mary's disappearance, McNee concentrates first on her home life, then her room, and finally her computer. He soon discovers the name of her boyfriend and an unusually large number of e-mails to and from Deborah Brown, her art teacher. Hints about a strange relationship between these two are rampant at their school. Eventually, McNee becomes embroiled in every aspect of Mary's family life, the relationship of her parents, her early childhood, her closeness to her crime lord/godfather, and her mother's emotional problems. An investigation of Deborah Brown also reveals that she, too, suffers from severe emotional issues.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The big sleep comes to Dundee 9 Oct 2009
American style Private eye hits the meanish streets of Dundee. I enjoyed the book and found the plot interesting and the characters believable and quite amusing. It is nice to read about somewhere you think you know quite well ( although I never had been in that pub before Russel! ) Russel writes well and I like the twist of a Dundee Private Eye ( although I can't help feeling he will come to a sticky end at the hands of a redoubtable Dundee wifey one day).
I hope we hear more of McNee but I wonder what else you can come up with. I feel there is a lot more to come from this young writer.
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