- 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)
The Lost Sister Paperback – 9 Sep 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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Met the Author in local Dundee book store when home for Christmas ... Really nice guy who, as you would imagine, is passionate about his subject. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2013 by Strictly Girl
Recovered physically but not emotionally from an accident which cost the life of his fiancée, followed by a downward spiral which led to his breaking of a superior officer's... Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2011 by Mary Whipple