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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 31 July 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M1ZTR56
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Dead Men's Bones Audio Download – Unabridged
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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.
In a huge fan of James Oswald and I was so excited to start the next book in the Inspector MacLean series. Dead Man's Bones is the fourth book and this one also has a touch of the paranormal lurking between the pages.
DI Tony MacLean is recovering from his near fatal hanging and shattered leg sustained in Hangman's Song and after returning to work he is asked to investigate the apparent murder suicide by a very influential politician. Tony is asked to close the investigation early on until he receives photos and information from a suspected Secret Service agent who prompts him to dig deeper. At the centre of it all is the very alluring Mrs Saifre who seems to be in all the wrong places at the right times. Mysteriously, after the case is closed, everyone even remotely connected to the Weatherly case seemed to fall fatally ill and Tony is left to fight for his life and the life of his team members.
This book is absolutely gripping and definitely keeps you on your toes. DI MacLean is such a likeable character and his compassion for everyone else coupled with his sense of justice leaves you wanting more. The danger around Mrs Saifre has been expertly woven in the story line and each mention of her leaves you with a sense of dread and foreboding. I can not wait for the next book.
I have no wish to reveal the ending, but it seems to me to be out of keeping with the earlier attention to detail. If all ends with a “big bang” the climax has to grow naturally from what has come before and has to be convincing in itself. I don’t feel that either is true here. Neither perhaps is what may be alluded to as the romantic element. It seems to me that Oswald is at his best in dealing with character and setting and much less effective when engaged in the more cinematic action scenarios. Here the writing is a deal more clichéd and at its worst seems to be a cover for lack of a carefully worked out ending. I have read none of the three earlier McLean novels and rather fear that the lack of control here is not a strong incentive to take up the challenge.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The series was getting better book by book until this, the fourth instalment. Its always threatened to teeter to far into supernatural/fantasy territory and in Dead Mans Bones it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M Cunningham
...another enthralling read and closer to Anthony McLean we get each time. Please keep the ideas and plots going James, and if you start to run dry... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great detective novel, lots of intrigue and action, recommended.Published 3 months ago by K. W. Maeer