Inspector McLean returns in the seventh instalment of James Oswald's gritty, compelling crime series, for his most mysterious murder investigation yet . . . The roots of murder run deep . . . 'Unsettling atmosphere, strong sense of place and a canny twist: Oswald easily outstrips the ... formulaic work of bigger names' GuardianWhen a body is found in a tree in The Meadows, Edinburgh's scenic parkland, the forensics suggest the corpse has fallen from a great height. Detective Inspector Tony McLean wonders whether it was an accident, or a murder designed to send a chilling message?The dead man had led quite a life: a disgraced ex-cop turned criminal kingpin who reinvented himself as a celebrated philanthropist.As McLean traces the victim's journey, it takes him back to Edinburgh's past, and through its underworld - crossing paths with some of its most dangerous and most vulnerable people.And waiting at the end of it all, is the truth behind a crime that cuts to the very heart of the city...***PRAISE FOR THE INSPECTOR McLEAN SERIES'Crime fiction's next big thing'Sunday Telegraph'Oswald's writing is in a class above most'Daily Express'Creepy, gritty and gruesome'Sunday Mirror'The new Ian Rankin'Daily Record'Hugely enjoyable'Mirror'Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers'Daily Mail
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