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Publisher's Summary

This grave can never be opened.

The head of Scotland’s most powerful crime family is brutally murdered; his body dumped inside an ancient grave in a remote cemetery.

This murder can never be forgotten.

Detectives Max Craigie and Janie Calder arrive at the scene, a small town where everyone has secrets to hide. They soon realise this murder is part of a blood feud between two Scottish families that stretches back to the 1800s. One thing’s for certain: it might be the latest killing, but it won’t be the last....

This killer can never be caught.

As the body count rises, the investigation uncovers large-scale corruption at the heart of the Scottish Police Service. Now Max and Janie must turn against their closest colleagues - to solve a case that could cost them far more than just their lives....

Longlisted for the 2021 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 

Don’t miss the first stunning thriller in the new DS Max Craigie Scottish Crime series! 

©2021 Neil Lancaster (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Grabbed me from the first page." (Ian Rankin)

"The best police procedural I've read in years - fast-paced, compelling and deeply authentic. DS Max Craigie is a brilliant hero and I can't wait for the next in the series." (Jane Casey) 

"A stone cold classic of the genre; the strongest start to a series I’ve seen in years." (Tony Kent)

"A thriller writer set to blow up the bestseller lists." (C. L. Taylor) 

"Absolutely blown away by how good this is." (Marion Todd)

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I'm a fan of the United Kingdom crime mysteries and this was a good one. Angus Kings narration draws you in to this gritty crime tale.

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Excellent!!!

So glad I took the chance ! Really good story, AND narrated by Angus King!!! Highly recommend!

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I love this book .

I enjoyed every second of this audiobook. It's so fun finding a new favorite series. I love the characters, the writing, and the narrator's performance.

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Interesting story with good characters. I am looking forward to the next in the series. Truthfully though, may have liked this more as an audiobook than I would have in print! I adore Angus King as a narrator. I am more apt to buy a book if I see that he is the narrator.

One caveat (spoiler alert) - I was disappointed with the bit thrown in after the real ending of this story. Max’s wife shows up after a significant separation and suddenly everything is hunky-dory between them. Ugh. Too pat/trite. Throughout this story they’re separated, and Max very much misses her. But, we’re not really told why they separated beyond she didn’t want to move (more to it?). No contact between them and suddenly poof, she’s there and “home.” Wha? Why? Hopefully this will get fleshed out in future.

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STORYLINE IS NOT FOR ME

READS LIKE A 1920-30s US CRIME FAMILY STORY. NOT MY PREFERRED STYLE AND A DISAPPOINTMENT AS, IN THE PAST, I'VE ENJOYED MYSTERY NOVELS SET IN SCOTLAND. ITS WELL WRITTEN AND EASY TO FOLLOW, WITH INTERESTING CHARACTERS,
SO IF YOU ENJOY THIS GENRE THIS MAY BE THE NOVEL FOR YOU.

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Great book!

Thoroughly enjoyed the characters and story line. Good triumphs over evil. Characters were well developed and believable. Appreciated that there was little foul language. Eagerly awaiting the sequel.

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I love Scottish detective series and this narrator, but I absolutely could not stay engaged and finally quit somewhere around Chapter 28.