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Final Cut: Rhona Macleod Book 6 (Rhona MacLeod Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 15 Apr 2010
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'The procedural details are spot-on, the storylines sharp and inventive, but it's the characterisation that makes Anderson's work truly special. CSI Vegas has Grissom, CSI Miami has Horatio Cane. In the Glasgow crime scene team, Dr MacLeod has the skill, instinct and balls to match up to her American counterparts.' (Shari Low, Daily Record)
If you enjoy crime fiction that has a leaning to the forensic - or even if you just like an intriguing read - my advice is to make Lin Anderson your go-to crime writer. The forensic and police procedural details are spot on, the characters engaging and the plot never short of compelling. (www.crimesquad.com on FINAL CUT)
One of the best books I have read in ages for creating and maintaining suspense (www.shotsmag.co.uk on FINAL CUT)
Lin Anderson is one of Scotland's national treasures; don't be fooled by comparisons, her writing is unique, bringing warmth and depth to even the seediest parts of Glasgow. Lin's Rhona MacLeod is a complex and compelling heroine who just gets better with every outing. (Stuart MacBride, author of Cold Granite and Dying Light)
'Final Cut has all the required ingredients of a forensic thriller.' (Daily Mail)
Chills the blood . . . would make Ian Rankin's old man Rebus choke on his whisky chaser. (Big Issue on DARK FLIGHT)
I was absolutely gripped... very enjoyable and truly, truly disturbing... (Radio 5 Live on DARK FLIGHT)
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It's a snowy night near Glasgow and the weather is steadily getting worse. A young man's incinerated body is found in a skip; not too far away the grave of a long dead child is unearthed. But what, if anything, connects these grisly discoveries? Rhona's team is on the case but the forensic evidence is limited whilst likely witnesses only offer partial information, are they perhaps hiding secrets of their own?
The book features a strong cast of well written characters. Rhona and her hard-bitten assistant Chrissy are as ever at the centre of the plot. Chrissy's pregnancy adding a further level of complication to the action. There is less though about Rhona and Chrissy's love life than in earlier books in this series. The leading police officer, DS Michael McNab, is a believable, conflicted, character, trying to balance professionalism with his intuition and emotions. His stress escalates when a self-serving Inspector is imposed on the investigation. The forces of law are ranged against a diverse set of gangsters, psychopaths and deviants.
Generally, this is a satisfying addition to the series and could be read as a stand-alone novel. Readers can feel the tension as the investigating team struggle in the snows of a Scots winter to rescue possible victims and solve the case.
Anderson has again produced a pacy thriller with enough twists to keep readers turning the (e)pages.
Claire sees something that she shouldn't and her daughter Emma finds a skull, as you do. Claire has a complicated past which she is running from and Rhona and McNab find themselves trying to solve the puzzle of the skull and trying to figure out what Emma is trying to tell them as well.
There are some twists and turns and there is an event which I really didn't see coming. The characters were solid but somehow there wasn't enough depth there, this time around. I can't quite put my finger on it though.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to reading the next one.
Recommended read from me, 3.5 stars.
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