DETECTIVE IN THE COLD GRIP OF EVILA.
Byline: James Oswaki
A blanket of snow covers Edinburgh's streets, a beautiful contrast to the horrors taking place just a few miles away. In an undisclosed location, a man rouses from a drug-induced sleep, escapes his shackles and makes a bid for freedom, only to plummet to a watery grave. DI Tony McLean, recently returned to active duty after a near-death incident, is called to the scene. There are many unanswered questions but before the investigation getsfully under way, he is given another extraordinary case. MSP Andrew Weatherly, has murdered his two young daughters and his wife, before turning a gun on himself. McLean realises that such a high profile case is a poisoned chalice and that becomes clearer when those in theshadows of power attempt to manipulate and influence the outcome. McLean is no-one's puppet but his determination to get to the truth pulls the DI and everyone around him into the cold grip of evil. This fourth outing for McLean's team was a best-seller in its first week. But it doesn't take a dogged Lothian detective to establish that Oswald's twisted blend of heart-thudding crime and macabre originality have put the McLean series up there with the best in crime fiction.