This dark and complex psychological thriller begins with Detective Inspector Meldrum summoned to the scene of a murder. The victim, dressed as a woman turns out to be a man and a prominent member of Edinburgh's financial establishment. This simple case becomes a tangled mess.
Three hot days in a row and Edinburgh is going a little crazy. Taking a short cut through a tough housing scheme, DI Jim Meldrum finds himself caught up in an ambush by a mob of twelve-year-olds. As a result, he arrives at a murder scene with a lump gouged out of his skull and mild concussion. Things aren't helped when the beautiful redheaded woman in evening dress, found stabbed to death in an upstairs bedroom, is identified as well-connected city businessman Brian Ashton. Even with a brooding headache and a bad case of double vision, Meldrum can see trouble ahead. And that's before he meets the victim's redheaded widow. Helped by local academic and crime profiler Henry Stanley, Meldrum begins to unravel the bizarre secrets surrounding more than one sudden death.
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'A most satisfying and chilling read' Irish Times on IDLE HANDS'Lindsay is a profoundly serious writer using the conventions of the mystery novel to approach "the dangerous edge of things"' Allan Massie, Scotsman'Lindsay's Detective Inspector Jim Meldrum is both credible and endearing' The Sunday Times'Meldrum is a superbly plausible creation . . . This must surely consolidate Frederic Lindsay's claim to be one of the most interesting thriller writers around' James Jauncey, Scotsman on A KIND OF DYING
About Frederic Lindsay
A former schoolteacher, Frederic Lindsay has served on the Literature Committee of the Scottish Arts Council, and is actively involved with PEN and the Society of Authors. He has written for the theatre, radio, tv and film, and is the author of seven previous highly-acclaimed novels.
Death Knock by Frederic Lindsay
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