Rory Kilpatrick was a teetotal, focused and talented young man who turned up dead on a railway line after apparently falling over drunk.
There is a comfortable flow to the story, helped greatly by the author’s obvious affection for the city of
Glasgow. Being a native myself I was
immediately immersed in this curious investigation which takes place in some
very familiar locations.
Familiar and comfortable as the writing and location may be, make no mistake as to the serious nature of this novel. Things turn nasty when some unsavoury characters learn of Campbell’s investigation and he soon finds himself (and others around him) caught up in a very dangerous situation.
In this self-published début Sinclair MacLeod has woven a cool tale of corruption and murder around some fine characters and a brilliant (ok, I’m biased) setting, making this an absolute must for any fan of the current crop of tartan-noir authors (Rankin, MacBride, Brookmyre) and a top recommendation for all crime fiction readers.
For more information on the author and his work, including more Reluctant Detective mysteries, check out www.reluctantdetective.com
Ric’s Rating: Essential