With the imminent death of Aberdeen’s crime boss, McRae is drawn into the takeover battle between crime leaders from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Liverpool and Birmingham. But he is compromised by a financial deal made years ago. Faced also with the inevitable prospect of taking life support from his girlfriend, his mind is in a mess.
So competing leaders are vying for Wee Hamish Mowat’s Aberdeen empire, amidst complicated ongoing murder investigations. Meanwhile, his own position as Sergeant in Banff – if not his job with Police Scotland – is under threat.
So many twists, so many turns…you have to read it to believe it, as they are only minor background to the ongoing investigation into the missing Fraserburgh businessman, Martin Milne. Not a simple locate and return mission.
Oh – and there’s a new Superintendent on her way up to Aberdeen and Banff…
Blood and guts, battles and falls, night hunts – this has it all. Another masterpiece in the ongoing saga of Ian McRae and DI Steele.
Reviewed by Lynne McAnulty-Street
In The Cold Dark Ground
by Stuart MacBride
Published by Harper Collins