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  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications; 1st edition (9 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905512791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905512799
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,086,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scottish crime fiction is entering a new era and Russel McLean is in the vanguard. --Tony Black

Russel D McLean hasn't only made the British PI credible, he's updated and honed the sub-genre to a razor-sharp edge... tight, sleek and controlled, with an emotional resonance that is utterly refreshing. --Ray Banks

About the Author

The Lost Sister is Russel D. McLean's second book. He writes for Crime Scene Scotland, The Big Thrill and Do Some Damage. He lives in Dundee. The third novel featuring J. McNee, Father Confessor, appears in 2012.

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Hard-boiled Dundee PI McNee is called upon to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl. He's reluctant, since the girl is the god-daughter of David Burns - someone that McNee is not particularly fond of, and that's putting it lightly. McNee lets himself be beguiled by his dislike of Burns - as well as his desire to right some wrongs - as he investigates the secrets and lies that lead him to become more and more emotionally involved in the case. Brutal, chilling, pacy and dramatic, THE LOST SISTER is superb - but very sad. I felt melancholic from about half way through and burst into tears at the end. McNee is an excellent character - tough as nails on the outside, but much softer on the inside - something he does his best to hide. He is uncompromising about right and wrong, his moral compass is firmly set, and his prickly exterior hides a troubled and isolated person who just can't get close to people. You don't know whether to hug him or punch him. Russel McLean spins a fine and expertly told tale.
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P.I. J. McNee doesn't half get beaten up, kicked, punched, kicked again...but somehow manages to stagger his way through McLean's second tale set in the mean streets of Dundee, Scotland's hidden and strange secret city.
Crime fans will be very familiar with MacBride's Aberdeen, McIlvanney's Glasgow or Rankin's Edinburgh; but who would ever have thought of choosing Dundee as a setting for their novel? A city whose glory days are gone, whose future looks bleak?
McLean has grasped the persona of Dundee; the comic home of Desperate Dan of The Dandy fame, famous for marmalade and The Sunday Post, and brings to life characters who live out their lives in the grey and grim streets of a city that teeters on the brink of collapse whilst managing to retain a generous underbelly of self mocking humour.
McNee, a former police officer, has lost all sense of direction in his life after the death of his girlfriend in a car crash. A P.I's life in Dundee is certainly not glamorous and while still nursing the after effects of a serious injury, McNee is forced to face his enemies and his personal beliefs in The Lost Sister.
The story McLean hooks the reader into so effortlessly surrounds a missing teenager. Nothing especially interesting had happened; when her mother came home from the shop her daughter was gone. Surely a case of a family argument and the teenager taking off to her friend's house? But the police are trying to keep the disappearance under wraps which makes the journalist who involved McNee suspicious. Very soon McLean plants his first bombshell; the missing girl has a surprising uncle and godfather; David Burns, the local hero in some people's eyes, who wants to help rejuvenate the city; but to others, especially McNee, the local Mr. Big who is 'untochable.
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Like The Good Son this was instantly absorbing, empathy with McNee total, despite his personal traumas, the style snappy and fast and the tension continuous.

But I do have a problem with the physical book. Five Leaves Publishing do a very poor job which makes the book appear amateur. The font is too large for the page, the Chapter headings do not 'match' with any sort of sympathy, the margins are too small so there is an 'economy' feel to it, and there are a couple of print errors.
I self-publish my own books so I know how truly difficult it is to see every error or omission, even on the thirtieth read through, but I do also know that with a bit of appreciation a much less-well written book can look a whole lot more appetising that these, which really do deserve better.
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