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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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Read this book with your lights on.
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.
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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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These books are getting better and better and annoying my Husband as I have tended to wake early to continue reading. Definitely a page turner and never sure what will happen. Not quite convinced by the ending but you will have to read and make up your own mind. If there was a disappointment, it was that there was no clue to the next in the series. No brief morsel to tempt you and no mention of when to expect the next book. My main thought is how these can been turned in TV shows and if the casting and scripts will ruin or totally alter the characters. No idea if this is being planned but look forward to seeing if this does occur. Just hope is will not be like the Banks books that have not been transferred very well (in our opinion).
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In many ways this is a cracking crime thriller. It has largely credible and engaging police figures, not least DI Tony McLean, a good sense of place and a carefully constructed plot. The tension and suspense are ratcheted up until the dramatic conclusion. It is here, largely, that I feel the book falls down.

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.
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