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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: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 982,722 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

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Moore on 18 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
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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Like The Good Son this was instantly absorbing, empathy with McNee total, despite his personal traumas, the style snappy and fast and the tension continuous.

But I do have a problem with the physical book. Five Leaves Publishing do a very poor job which makes the book appear amateur. The font is too large for the page, the Chapter headings do not 'match' with any sort of sympathy, the margins are too small so there is an 'economy' feel to it, and there are a couple of print errors.
I self-publish my own books so I know how truly difficult it is to see every error or omission, even on the thirtieth read through, but I do also know that with a bit of appreciation a much less-well written book can look a whole lot more appetising that these, which really do deserve better.
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By Strictly Girl on 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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