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Book Review – The Hangmans Song – James Oswald


***** 5 STARS

A young man is found hanging by a rope in his Edinburgh home. A simple, sad suicide, yet Detective Inspector Tony McLean is puzzled by the curious suicide note. A second hanged man and another strange note hint at a sinister pattern. Investigating a brutal prostitution and human trafficking ring, McLean struggles to find time to link the two suicides. But the discovery of a third convinces him of malicious intent. Digging deeper, McLean finds answers much closer to home than he expects. Something terrifying stalks the city streets, and bringing it to justice may destroy all he holds dear.

It’s been a long time coming but the Fife Farmer that stormed into the crime writing world last year is back with his third instalment of his Inspector McLean series, The Hangmans Song which see Tony McLean deal with the aftermath of the events of the last novel The Book of Souls. Even with a move from Homicide to Vice, Tony is still managing to cause some mayhem for Duggard and bring some justice to the victims of some horrific crimes whilst still having to dealing with the painfully memories of his parents death when he was young, the death of his beloved Grandmother, the murder of his fiancee, the death of his neighbour when his flat was set ablaze and the lasting impacts that the head injury and coma has had on Police Photographer Emma and their on and off again relationship.

What makes the Tony McLean novels and in particular the new one,The Hangmans Song is that he continues his winning formula of believable characters, and away of making his Edinburgh so believable that it makes you feel as if you are living out the action yourself in the novels with characters and dark storylines that keep you guessing right up to the final page and that has you on the edge of your seat and try as you might has you not doing anything else during the day and staying up all night just in order to continue reading the book till the end. And even better you won’t hang to wait for the next instalment as the next novel Dead Men’s Bone will be out this year in July,can’t wait to see what happens next.

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Penguin (27 Feb 2014)
ISBN-10: 1405913185
ISBN-13: 978-1405913188


2 responses to “Book Review – The Hangmans Song – James Oswald

  1. A great review, I need to try this series out 🙂

  2. Ann Allan ⋅

    Patiently waiting for my new book this month, I was hooked by just a few chapters of ‘Natural Causes’ and when reading ‘Book of Souls’ I missed my train stop at Crewe and ended up in Milton Keynes!

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