My Review (5 stars out of 5)
Glasgow gangster’s wife Kim Rafferty seeks out PI Charlie Cameron with a plea for help, but Charlie has history with her husband, Sean Rafferty, and knows that keeping well clear of the viscous thug is the best way to stay alive. When another woman comes to him for help, Charlie decides to look into the case – a fifteen-year-old murder for which Dennis Boyd, newly-released from prison, was convicted. Unfortunately, one of the three men who accused Boyd is found murdered, forcing Boyd to go on the run. With the case beginning to look decidedly dodgy, can Charlie Cameron work out who is telling the truth before Boyd is arrested and thrown back in jail?
This is the eighth book I’ve read by Owen Mullen and as usual, it’s a cracker. With several storylines going on at the same time, the author thrusts his characters into a complex plot involving Scottish and Spanish gangsters, prostitution rings, and a load of folk who may or may not be on the right side of the law. As the story progresses, Mullen’s hero is faced with some difficult decisions and finds his relationship with cop-pal DS Geddes on shaky ground, which could easily land Charlie in a whole heap of trouble. It’s fair to say there are several gruesome scenes, but the author still manages to squeeze in a generous helping of his canny humour to lighten the darker aspects of this fast-moving gritty thriller.
Another cracking tale from the Big Mannie of Tartan Noir.
Owen Mullen is a highly regarded crime author who splits his time between Scotland and the island of Crete. In his earlier life he lived in London and worked as a musician and session singer.
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