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The latest book in the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland’s most celebrated crime writers.

An archaeological dig at the old South Leith parish kirkyard has turned up a mysterious body dating from around 700 years ago. The experts wonder if she wasn’t murdered and dumped, but some suspect that this gruesome discovery is a sacrifice, placed there for a specific purpose.

Then a second body is unearthed. This victim went missing only thirty years ago – but the similarities between her death and the ancient body’s suggest something even more disturbing.

Drawn into the investigation, McLean finds himself torn between a worrying trend of violent drug-related deaths and uncovering what truly connects these bodies. When a third body is discovered, and too close for comfort, he begins to suspect dark purpose at play – and that whoever put them there is far from finished.

Praise for James Oswald:

‘The new Ian Rankin Daily Record

Creepy, gritty and gruesomeSunday Mirror

‘Crime fiction’s next big thingSunday Telegraph

Reviews

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

The Inspector McLean Series