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Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid @tjenkinsreid @randomhouse #daisyjones

Source: Review copy from Netgalley
Publication: 7th March 2019 from Hutchinson
PP: 368
ISBN-13: 978-1786331502

For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split.

Nobody ever knew why. Until now.

They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently.

The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed.

Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.

I wanted to read this because it is absolutely of my time and the band is one completely resonates with my listening in those heady days.  From the off it is clear that Jenkins Reid has got the mood and mores of the time bang to rights. 

Written as a series of interviews, with remembrance being a moveable feast for those in and involved with the band, what you get is a narrative with a range of different perspectives, the sum of the parts making for a very convincing whole.

The book chronicles the love story between Daisy Jones and lead singer strutting Billy Dunne, and their relationship that developed as the band rose to fame. Leggy, gorgeous, wanting for nothing, Daisy Jones is used to getting what she wants. What she wants is Billy and the fact that Billy is married to Camilla is neither here nor there. The other members of The Six are Graham, Warren, Pete, Karen and Eddie.

Originally booked as an opening act for their tour, mostly because of her looks, but she does also have a decent smoky, slightly rasping voice, Daisy‘s appearance with The Six really clicks.

Once the two come together on stage, the band really starts to take off as the combination of the music and sexual chemistry reaches out and sprays the audience with their heady rock perfume.

Following the interviews throughout the bands progression from early small touring band in small whisky joints to their transition to a huge success, these interviews chronicle the sex, drugs, addictions, fights and hopes of all those involved.

Self-absorbed, in Daisy’s case fighting to have her creativity recognised, selfish and utterly destructive at times, this is a heartfelt evocation of band life in the late 60’s and 70’s and how egos clashing and creative differences really play out behind the scenes.

Though I enjoyed this a lot, I did find the interview format a little bit choppy and noisy and I really did wish I could hear the songs as I read them. I’m going to buy the audio book, because I’m sure that will work beautifully.

Verdict: Authentic, believable. A really evocative telling of the rise and fall of a rock band in the 70’s.

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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, and two other novels. She lives in Los Angeles.

A GIFT FOR DYING by M.J. Arlidge @mjarlidge @MichaelJBooks #BlogTour #BookReview

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Publication: 7th March 2019 from Michael Joseph
PP: 480
ISBN-13: 978-0718187880

With just one look, she knows how and when you will die . . .

Nothing surprises Adam Brandt anymore. As a forensic psychologist, he’s seen and heard everything.

That is, until he meets Kassie.

Because she claims to have a terrible gift – with one look into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die.

Adam doesn’t believe her, obviously.

But then a serial killer starts wreaking havoc across the city, and only Kassie seems to know where he’ll strike next.

Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her.

He just doesn’t realise how dangerous this trust might be . . .

I’m a huge fan of Matt Arlidge and his D.I. Helen Grace series, so when I heard he was writing a stand-alone, I knew it would be high on my list of books to read this year. So I was more than delighted when it turned out to be a big book, a 480 page turner.

Now size doesn’t really matter, but when you love the characters and the plot is thrilling, then it’s good to know you’re in for a decent read and A Gift For Dying does not disappoint on any measure.

I recently saw M.J. Arlidge on a panel at Noireland in Belfast where he remarked that generally he ‘eviscerated more men than women’. I always think that’s the sign of a good author; when they are making sure that they are keeping count to ensure that they are equal opportunities eviscerators.

Arlidge writes really well drawn women. In A Gift For Dying, set in Chicago, Kassie is a young woman haunted with a gift she would really much rather not have.  A young woman who knows, just by looking, how people are going to die and who can, in extreme circumstances, also feel that death as it happens.

Adam is a forensic psychologist to whom Kassie is referred. He can’t of course, accept what Kassie is telling him, buit at the same time, he makes a connection with her that he just can’t give up on. With a much longed for baby on the way, he and his artist wife, Faith are looking forward to a happy life ahead.

Detective Gabrielle Grey is riding high as lead Detective in charge of the Homicide Squad in Chicago PD. But it’s a short fall from riding high to disgrace and the way things are going, Gabrielle is going to have to keep all her wits about her if she is to catch Chicago’s newest serial killer.

With this mix of excellent characters and a sick and twisted serial killer on the loose, I was utterly transfixed and enthralled. Utilising all the benefits that a stand-alone offers, Arlidge has produced a gruesome and gripping story that kept me on edge all the way through to the end of the book.

I really enjoyed M.J. Arlidge’s venture into the stand-alone world and I for one hope it is the start of many – though I’m still up for many more of Helen Grace, too.

Verdict: Dark, twisted, gritty and chilling thriller with an explosive end.

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M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, specializing in high-end drama production, including the prime-time crime serials Torn, The Little House and Silent Witness. Arlidge also pilots original crime series for both UK and US networks and is currently working on a major adaptation of The Last of the Mohicans for the BBC.

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SHADOWS OF ATHENS BY J.M.Alvey @AlveyAuthor @orionbooks @AlainnaGeorgiou #BlogTour #ShadowsofAthens

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Publication: 7th March 2019 from Orion
PP: 384
ISBN-13: 978-1409180630

443 BC, and, after decades of war with Persia, peace has finally come to Athens. The city is being rebuilt, and commerce and culture are flourishing.

Aspiring playwright Philocles has come home to find a man with his throat cut slumped against his front gate. Is it just a robbery gone wrong? But, if so, why didn’t the thieves take the dead man’s valuables? With the play that could make his name just days away, he must find out who this man is, why he has been murdered – and why the corpse was left in his doorway.

But Philocles soon realises he has been caught up in something far bigger, and there are those who don’t want him looking any further . . .

I’m a fan of Lindsay Davies’ Falco novels set in Rome and in Philocles, J.M.Alvey has created a character who is just as engaging and equally as intrepid. Shadows of Athens is set in 443 B.C. After years of gruelling war with Persia, peace is flourishing and Athens is girding its loins to become the centre of glorious temples and cultural wonders it will be known for.

Athenians are preparing for the Festival of Dionysia; not least of them is Philocles, a writer and humourist who is penning a play for his patron, Aristarchos which will compete for the festival’s comedy prize. Frequent sacrifices are made to the Gods to ask for victory in the competition and Philocles is on hand at every rehearsal to school the actors and ensure his script is adhered to.

All is chaos, but no more so than usual when, on returning home from a rehearsal, Philocles finds a dead man lying outside the gates of his home. The man is unknown to Philocles, but has had his throat cut and it’s pretty clear from what was left on his body that this was no robbery gone wrong.

Philocles learns that the man was part of the influx of tourists from the Hellenic States who flock to the festival of Dionysus to enjoy the culture.  But this man and his compatriots had another reason for coming to Athens. Someone is stirring up discontent amongst the dependent states and rumours of dissent are growing.

The Greek city-states had made peace with the Persian Empire and Athens now effectively controls all the Greek city states in Ionia. A great building plan has begun to re-fortify Athens main port and its long walls extending to Athens main city but also including the massive rebuilding program of Athenian temples. Dependent states and cities pay large contributions to Athens to keep them safe but, to all intents and purposes, it is easy for it to look as if all this money is being turned into marble temples, whilst the residents of the outlying states have given up all they have for their safety.

 Philocles, finding the dead man at his home, has no option but to turn detective, assisted by the backing of his patron.

I really enjoyed this innovative approach to historical detective fiction. Alvey creates a fantastic picture of Athens and its people, the gossip, political intrigue and customs of the times.

In Philocles, too, we have a well-rounded protagonist. Learned but needing to work and thus reliant on patrons, he lives with his partner, Zosime, herself an artist. Zosime is not an Athenian and so they are not married, but Philocles loves her and is very protective of her. This is also the case for his brother in arms, Kadous,who lives as his slave in accordance with Athenian custom, but who is in reality much more his friend and sometimes bodyguard.

Thus Philocles is established as both an Athenian, able to visit the Agora with all his rights and privileges as an Athenian, but also something of an outsider with an unconventional household which lends him the right credentials to look into those whose outward appearance may be as good Athenians, but whose morals and motives may be more suspect.

Philocles has brothers involved in the tannery trade and a sub-plot running through the book deals with problems relating to supply, but is also a means of introducing us to Philocles wider family for future books, I imagine.

As our intrepid protagonist roams the festive streets of Athens looking for clues, he comes up against some pretty loathsome characters. Hired killers and aristocratic youth with more money than sense are entwined in a political play that combines intrigue, deception and murder but which, if successful, will net the instigators huge rewards.

As he investigates, Philocles comes up against some serious violence more than once and is lucky to come out alive.

I very much enjoyed this novel and hope it is the start of a series. Alvey has gifted us a new and exciting world of Grecian intrigue and in Philocles, a protagonist of wit and intelligence.

Verdict: An enjoyable and immersive journey into Athens’ past written with style and wit.

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J.M. Alvey studied Classics at Oxford in the 1980s. As an undergraduate, notable achievements in startling tutors included citing the comedic principles of Benny Hill in a paper on Aristophanes, and using military war-gaming rules to analyse and explain apparent contradictions in historic accounts of the Battle of Thermopylae.

Crime fiction has always been relaxation reading and that love of mysteries and thrillers continued through a subsequent, varied career, alongside an abiding fascination with history and the ancient world

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The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl trs Don Bartlett @ko_dahl @orendabooks @annecater #The Courier #bookreview

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Publication: Available now in e-book and in paperback on 21 March 2019 from Orenda Books
PP: 276
ISBN-13: 978-1912374434

In 1942, Jewish courier Ester is betrayed, narrowly avoiding arrest by the Gestapo. In a great haste, she escapes to Sweden, saving herself. Her family in Oslo, however, is deported to Auschwitz. In Stockholm, Ester meets the resistance hero, Gerhard Falkum, who has left his little daughter and fled both the Germans and allegations that he murdered his wife, Åse, who helped Ester get to Sweden. Their burgeoning relationship ends abruptly when Falkum dies in a fire.

And yet, twenty-five years later, Falkum shows up in Oslo. He wants to reconnect with his daughter. But where has he been, and what is the real reason for his return? Ester stumbles across information that forces her to look closely at her past, and to revisit her war-time training to stay alive…

Written with Dahl’s trademark characterization and elegant plotting, The Courier sees the hugely respected godfather of Nordic Noir at his best, as he takes on one of the most horrific periods of modern history, in an exceptional, shocking thriller.

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive – Marmion, Sir Walter Scott

Set in Oslo and Stockholm across three time strands — 1942, 1967 and 2015 — Kjell Ola Dahl’s novel is a literary thriller set during the Second World War and the German occupation of Norway.  In the tradition of the great spy thrillers, it is, as you would expect, a terrific read and an engrossing, captivating story.

It is also a deeply political and personal study of betrayal.  Ester Lemkov, a young woman, is working for the Resistance, delivering illegal newspapers, when she is almost caught and escapes by the skin of her teeth. But although she is not caught, she arrives home just in time to see her father’s shop being closed down and her father taken away by the occupiers, leaving the words ‘Closed – Jewish’ on the shop door.

Esther’s home has fared no better and she runs for succour to her friend Åse, who has a baby daughter, Turid with her partner Gerhard, for a place to stay and hide before escaping into Sweden, where she continued to work with the resistance.  Gerhard was also working with the Resistance and had earned a reputation as a formidable figure there, having fought with the International Brigade in Spain.

A few days after she leaves for Stockholm, Åse is murdered in her home and Gerhard is suspected of killing her. Turid is taken in by Ase’s friends, Erik and Grete and eventually adopted when Gerhard dies in a fire.

Twenty five years pass and suddenly Gerhard walks back into Ester’s life. His death was staged and he fled to America, where he has been living ever since. Now he wants to see his daughter, Turid.

There is so much in this novel to think about. On one level, it is an important and timely reminder of things we should never, ever, forget. A reminder of what men will do to each other in the name of race or religion; a reminder that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. In that context, it is good to be reminded of where the name Quisling came from and what history the Norwegian Jews who were sent to Auschwitz, share with their German and Polish counterparts.

But The Courier is also a novel about the personal as Kjell Ola Dahl slowly reveals not only the suffering that his characters endured during this period and the after-effects that this had on them, but also exposes their true characters, their flaws and in some cases their unpleasant nature.

The personal is political and that’s never been more clearly shown than in this novel. The detail that Kjell Ola Dhal infuses into his characters is rich and rewarding. Whilst we scrutinise their actions and question their motives, we learn about their lives and come to understand just what it is that has made them who they are.

That, in itself, is affecting for the reader, because these characters become real for us, and for a moment we are there, imaging what it must be like to lose your whole family to the gas chamber, or to be tortured for so long that you never want to be sober again.

The Courier, though is also a fascinating and immersive mystery, as we follow Esther from the moment she first understands that she can put something right that is not right until the moment when she is finally able to restore a semblance of justice to where it belongs – and that does feel very right.

The Courier is a deeply affecting, shocking and utterly immersive thriller.

Verdict: A tense, traumatic and thrilling spy novel.

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One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

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Keep Her Close by M.J.Ford @Sabah_K @AvonBooksUK #MJFORD #KeepHerClose #blogtour #bookreview

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Publication: 7 March 2019 from Avon
PP: 352
ISBN-13: 978-0008293772

Someone is playing a deadly game…

When a young woman goes missing from Jesus College, Oxford, DS Josie Masters is plunged into a world of panic as fear grips the city. Along with Thames Valley Police’s newest recruit, the handsome DS Pryce, Josie must act fast – and when two more students disappear from Oriel and Somerville colleges, she realises the killer is sending her a deadly message in a cruel game of cat and mouse. This time, the case is personal – but who is the perpetrator?

In a desperate race against the clock, Josie hunts for the kidnapper, and soon discovers he could be a lot closer to home than she’d ever thought…

Keep Her Close is the second book by M.J. Ford to feature D.S. Josie Masters.I had not read the first, Hold My Hand, but there is sufficient backstory given in the book for that not to be any problem.

Keep Her Close takes place 6 months after the tragic events that saw Josie and her family go through some deeply traumatic events for which Josie is still receiving mandatory counselling, though she’s not convinced it’s doing her any good.

Now, having resumed her role at Thames Valley Police, Josie has to investigate the case of a girl who has gone missing from Oxford’s Oriel College.  All the signs are that she has not left of her own free will.

D.S. Jack Pryce hasn’t put a foot wrong since he joined the force and he’s the Chief Inspector’s new blue eyed boy.

Then the body of another young woman, a cleaner at the University also disappears, this time from Somerville College.  Josie and Jack have to try and work out what these women have in common – what is the link that could help them find the motivation for this crime?

I enjoy a good police procedural and although Josie is much too stroppy, or at least a cross between angry and stroppy, to do what she is told by her superiors, her instincts are good, except, it seems, when it comes to men.

I enjoyed the interweaving of Josie’s less than satisfactory personal relationships with her professional life; they have in common that Josie is a woman who does not trust easily.

The plot is nicely paced and the action unfolds in a way that makes it difficult to second guess who the perpetrator might be and what is driving them.  Every time you think you know what’s round the next corner, M.J.Ford deviates from the path you are on and leads you down another alleyway.

By the time we have three missing women, Josie is beginning to realise that all of this is somehow pointing back at her. This case is more personal than could ever have imagined, and it may just bring her face to face with danger once more.

Verdict: An entertaining, edge of the seat, police procedural with a likeable protagonist and lots of twists and turns to keep the reader puzzling into the night hours.

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Past Life by Dominic Nolan @NolanDom @BookishBecky @Headlinepg #bookreview #PastLife

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Publication: 7 March 2019 from Headline
PP: 432
ISBN-13: 978-1472254658

Waking up beside the dead girl, she couldn’t remember anything.

Who she was. Who had taken her.  How to escape.

Detective Abigail Boone has been missing for four days when she is finally found, confused and broken. Suffering retrograde amnesia, she is a stranger to her despairing husband and bewildered son.

Hopelessly lost in her own life, with no leads on her abduction, Boone’s only instinct is to revisit the case she was investigating when she vanished: the baffling disappearance of a young woman, Sarah Still.

Defying her family and the police, Boone obsessively follows a deadly trail to the darkest edges of human cruelty. But even if she finds Sarah, will Boone ever be the same again?

In Past Life, Dominic Nolan has created an intense, character driven novel that asks some probing questions about the nature of identity.

Abigail Boone was a Detective with Kent Police, investigating the disappearance of a young local woman when she was found badly beaten and with no memory at all.  She has literally no recollection of any of her past life. There are some things she instinctively remembers, like how to drive, but the fact that she has a loving husband and a teenage son, there is ….zilch.

She simply does not know who she is and nothing that her family do is making any difference. They try hard, playing her music she has loved, she tries reading novels in her house that she must have enjoyed at some point, but nothing makes a dent in her psyche. She is a stranger to her family and worse, a stranger to herself.

Invalided out of the police with what she regards as undue haste, and isolated inside herself, her only instinct is to go back and look at the case she was investigating when she was abducted. Going now simply by Boone, she begins, with the help of an old colleague, Barb, to go back over the case files that she was investigating.

Devoid of connections, she is a rogue operator. She takes lessons in Krav Magna to help her feel more secure, but apart from that, she investigates this case with all the finesse of a bull in a china shop, not caring who she upsets or what unwanted attention she attracts.

Where she does make genuine, human connections, though is with women who are living on the edge. There are some remarkable characterisations here and friendships are forged which feel true and important, much more so than any connection she fails to make at home.

Dominic Nolan has written a gripping, pacy novel about the very real and horrible subject of people trafficking and it is dark and violent and at moments, almost unbearable to the characters you have come to care about.

There is no glibness here; no easy answers. Life is hard and those who survive have to be harder still. It is searing, intense and some of its characters are strangely endearing, so that you end up caring about a woman who seems to have no care for herself.

Well written, with darkly funny and believable dialogue, it is the depth of the characters that resonates and the sense of melancholy that prevails.

For a debut novel, it is fantastically accomplished.

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Dominic Nolan was born and raised in north London. PAST LIFE is his first novel.

Thunder Bay by Douglas Skelton @DouglasSkelton1 @PolygonBooks

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Publication: 7 March 2019 from Polygon
PP: 320
ISBN-13: 978-1846974731

When reporter Rebecca Connolly is told of Roddie Drummond’s return tothe island of Stoirm she senses a story. Fifteen years before he was chargedwith the murder of his lover, Mhairi. When he was found Not Proven, Roddie leftthe island and no one, apart from his sister, knew where he was or what he wasdoing.

Now he has returned for his mother’s funeral – and it will spark anexplosion of hatred, bitterness and violence.

Defying her editor’s wishes, Rebecca joins forces with local photographer Chazz Wymark to dig into the secrets surrounding Mhairi’s death, and her mysterious last words of Thunder Bay, the secluded spot on the west coast of the island where, according to local lore, the souls of the dead set off into the afterlife. When another murder takes place, and the severe weather that gives the island its name hits, she is ideally placed to uncover the truth about what happened that night fifteen years before.

Hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen, because this isDouglas Skelton as you have never seen him before. If you know his novels, hisplays or his true crime writing, you will know that he can most certainlywrite, and write well.

His previous novel, TheJanus Run, was a terrifically paced thriller set in New York. But in Thunder Bay, it feels like DouglasSkelton has found his true voice.

In Thunder Bay, the prose is what lifts this stunning thriller from the norm to an exceptionally well told story, where the characterisation is razor sharp, the setting is pitch perfect and the plotting beautifully structured.

Thunder Bay isset on the small fictional Scottish Island of Stoirm, not a big island, but onewith enough isolated pockets to ensure that not everyone will always knoweveryone else’s business.

Thunder Bay is one of those pockets. Not many people gothere. Island lore has it that this is where the souls of the dead come to betaken across the water into the west, to the afterlife.  It is a place of secrets and its name is thelast thing that Mhairi Sinclair spoke before she died.

Roddie Drummond was her lover and in the subsequent trialwhere he was charged with murder, the jury returned a verdict of not proven.Roddie left the island and was not seen again, until now. He has come back forhis mother’s funeral, and the island is buzzing with the news of his return.

Rebecca Connolly works for the Chronicle, the local paper.Her father was born on Stoirm but left many years ago and has never been back.Rebecca knows that this is a huge story, but she’s having real trouble gettingher editor to understand that this is one that can’t be done as a phoner. Everyweek it’s getting harder for Rebecca to feel like she’s doing the job of a realjournalist as the paper’s resources are squeezed.

Tipped off by Chaz, a young local freelance photographer on Stoirm, she can feel the pull of the story and, if she’s honest, she’s always hoped that there would be an opportunity for her to visit the place where her father was born and brought up.

Sonya is Mhairi’s daughter. She wants to know why her mother’s murder is officially listed as unsolved when every islander tells her that Roddie Drummond did it. She just wants to look him in the eye so that she knows, once and for all if he is guilty. She’ll know just by looking, she is sure.

When Rebecca gets there, she finds that not everyone is welcoming and that Roddie Drummond is not the only one keeping secrets. For Stoirm is an island full of secrets, and some secrets just don’t want to be told.

There’s more than one story on Stoirm. Lord Henry Stuart hasenlisted some serious help to ensure that he can push his ambitious plans fordeveloping his estate, including building a distillery and upgrading his houseto cater for exclusive hunting parties. The locals are not wholly convinced andthe public meeting held to discuss the plans is not the sure thing Lord Henrywas hoping for.

For Rebecca, this is a chance to finally understand herroots and to pull off a coup that could get national attention. For theislanders, these are secrets that should be left undisturbed, before more harmbefalls those who disturb the uneasy peace.

Douglas Skelton has written an atmospheric and grippingbook, with rounded and fully rooted characters that make the pages sing. Thisis prose that flows clear as a highland spring, fresh, natural and dynamic.

All his characters are very well drawn, but special noteshould be made of the central protagonist Rebecca. Skelton has captured herspirit and character very well and she is both believable and noteworthy. I’dhappily read another novel with her as the central character.

Stoirm, though, is the really class character in this book. The sense of place is palpable. The locations are so vividly and visually described that you can see them and feel the atmosphere around you. This is a place where past and present sit together, perhaps uneasily, but in a silent accord that no-one should attempt to sunder.

The past will demand its dues if Stoirm is to prevail and in pulling together all the strands of this finely woven cloth, Skelton has produced an evocative, beautiful and tense tapestry of a read that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

Verdict: Tense, atmospheric, beautifully written. A cracker of a crime novel I just loved.

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Douglas Skelton has published 12 books on true crime and history. He has been a bank clerk, tax officer, shelf stacker, meat porter, taxi driver (for two days), wine waiter (for two hours), reporter, investigator and editor.
His first thriller BLOOD CITY was published in 2013.
The gritty thriller was the first in a quartet set on the tough streets of Glasgow from 1980 onwards. It was followed by CROW BAIT, DEVIL’S KNOCK and finally OPEN WOUNDS, which was longlisted for the first McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year in 2016.

His two Dominic Queste thrillers, THE DEAD DON’T BOOGIE and TAG – YOU’RE DEAD lightened the tone but didn’t skimp on thrills.
He followed this with his New York-set chase thriller THE JANUS RUN in 2018.
Douglas is often recruited by documentary makers to contribute to true crime shows on TV and radio and is a regular on the crime writing festival circuit.
He also takes part in comedy shows with other crime writers. To date he has written three Carry on Sleuthing plays in which he also appears along with Caro Ramsay, Michael J. Malone, Theresa Talbot, Pat Young and Lucy Cameron, with occasional guests Alex Gray, Lin Anderson and Neil Broadfoot.
He is also one quarter of Four Blokes in search of a Plot, along with Gordon Brown, Mark Leggatt and Neil Broadfoot.

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