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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846972884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846972881
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (504 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Last Witness has an excellent trait that is essential to all crime stories: that is wonderful, affable and realistic protagonists' --Dundee University Review of the Arts

About the Author

Denzil Meyrick was educated in Argyll, then after studying politics, joined Strathclyde Police, serving in Glasgow. After being injured and developing back problems, he entered the business world, and has operated in many diverse roles, including director of a large engineering company and distillery manager, as well as owning a number of his own companies, such as a public bar and sales and marketing company. Meyrick has also worked as a freelance journalist in both print and on radio. His first novel, Whisky from Small Glasses, was published by Ringwood in 2012.


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I am not an avid reader and have certainly never written a review on any book I have read but Jim Daley and co. have got me hooked! After reading Whisky from small glasses ,the first of JD's adventures, in bed and keeping myself awake into the wee sma' hoors ,I decided to take The Last Witness on holiday with me .This way ensuring that if ,as with the first I couldn't put it down (just one more chapter) then I would not be bleary eyed at work.I wasn't wrong in my decision !
I thoroughly enjoyed this book just as much as the first ,from the believable characters ,the colourful and "real" language and the many twists and turns in the plot .

I would not and have not hesitated in recommending this book to others and look forward to the next in the series !
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Enjoyed reading this follow up to Whisky From Small Glasses. Set in Kinloch, it's loosely based on Campbeltown. Having visited family there on many occasions, I can relate to some of the minor characters & their traits. Some other reviewers have commented on the use of local dialect but I thought it would easy enough to understand the just of what was being said if you weren't able to understand the dialect. Lots of twists & turns and good character development. Looking forward to reading the next instalment.
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I spent the first twenty years of my life living in Campbeltown and was intrigued to see that Denzil had penned a crime series set in the area. I must admit I bought the book purely out of curiosity, to see what imaginary tales could be created from this wonderful part of Scotland and by the time I had finished the first two chapters, I was hooked.

The story begins in Australia and at first you wonder how this could possibly link to Kinloch (Kintyre). However as the story unravels all becomes clear.

DI Daley and DS Scott are called to investigate James Machie, a notorious criminal who is believed to have risen from the dead to avenge all those who betrayed him. Former gang members have been murdered in Australia and another is living under witness protection right here in Kinloch. Is he next on the list? It is up to the police pair to uncover the mysterious goings on.

This second book in the Kinloch series gives us a greater insight into the characters. We learn more about the personal life of Daley and surprisingly all is not as it seems there. Scott comes more to the forefront and we shouldn't forget "the boss" who is not as squeaky clean as the reader might have hoped. I, for one, cannot wait to find out Daley's reaction when he learns his superior is on the wrong side of the law. I just hope he doesn't find out too soon. I like the fact that the reader is aware of facts that the characters have yet to find out.

I have read the mixed reviews for the author writing in the venacular and I can understand how difficult this could be for some readers who are not familiar with Scottish dialect.
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I really enjoyed this book for its story of revenge within the criminal community but also its setting between Glasgow and the Mull of Kintyre. Sarcastic Scots west coast humour abounds which makes it enjoyable. I can hardly wait for the follow up to this story. It is also very up to date with current political changes within Scotland. Very enjoyable.

I note that the author has a book "whisky from small glasses" which I will purchase when edition two comes out in 2015, this being the first book on the Jim Daley series.
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Having lived in Campbeltown, I was transported back to the Wee Toon by the descriptive scenery, local dialect and could relate to some of the familiar characters traits.

Lots of twists and turns in this fast paced thriller - cant wait for the next one!

A great read and would definitely recommend.
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after reading whisky from small glasses and loving it, I was expecting the last witness not to be as good, but I was wrong, Denzil has the ability to stop the reading putting the book down, this is leading me to some tired nights but I'm not complaining, waiting now for the next instalment and can't wait.
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Another terrific story in the Jim Daley series. This one delves into the murky gangland world and brings D S Scott back to his childhood growing up in a tough part of Glasgow. It's fast paced and intriguing and a really good read, full of twists and turns. I couldn't put it down!
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The Last Witness by Denzil Meyrick is the second book in his Detective Daley series. Now, I haven't read the first book, but didn't feel lost at all in The Last Witness. (although the first one sounds cracking good) The Last Witness is the first book in the series to be published in North America.

The series is set in Scotland. James Machie was a criminal kingpin in Glasgow. Five years ago he was assinated in the back of a transport vehicle. Then how in the world is on camera today killing those who testified against him? His former right hand man Frank MacDougall, has been in the witness protection program for the last five years. Jim Daley is stunned to find out that Frank has been living on his patch for the entire time. And that he now responsible for the safety of Frank and his family.

I liked Jim as a character, but I have to say that my favourite is his Sergeant, Brian Scott. His irreverent attitude is great fun and the perfect foil against their Superintendent, John Scott. (who's a piece of work) Daley plays peacemaker between the two.

Meyrick's dialogue is written as it would be spoken - Scottish brogue and all. I found it easy after a few pages, but some may not. There's also a fair amount of swearing and lots of drinking. Again, it fits the tone of the book, the characters and the setting. But some may be offended.

Meyrick has penned an imaginative plot, filled it with lots of action and created characters I would revisit again. He also has a dark sense of humour that mixes well with the noir feeling of The Last Witness.

Meyrick is writing what he knows, in settings, characters and plotting. "Denzil Meyrick was educated in Argyll, then after studying politics, joined the Strathclyde Police, serving in Glasgow.
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