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)
Fifty Shades of Hay (The Times)
From the Back Cover
'The new Ian Rankin'
DI Tony McLean is urgently called to Fife. A prominent politician has killed his wife and daughters before turning the gun on himself.
No one understands why a loving husband and father would snap so suddenly. Mclean's orders are to leave no stone unturned as he tries to solve this tragic puzzle.
But that means rubbing shoulders with the powerful and privileged - people who don't like ordinary coppers poking their noses into their business.
And if McLean wants to get closer to the truth, he will have to cross the line and put the lives of everyone he cares about in grave danger...
Praise for James Oswald
'Oswald's writing is in a class above'
'Creepy gritty and gruesome'