Cast a Cold Eye - Jimmy Dreghorn series (Paperback)
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Cast a Cold Eye - Jimmy Dreghorn series (Paperback)

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Published: 28/03/2024
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Waterstones Says

The scintillating sequel to Morrison's Bloody Scotland Crime Debut winner Edge of the Grave finds Dreghorn and McDaid embroiled in sectarian terrorism in 1930s Glasgow.

Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month for April 2024

Shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2023

Cast a Cold Eye by Robbie Morrison is a dark historical crime novel and the sequel to Edge of the Grave which won the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut award and was shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger.

Glasgow, 1933. Murder is nothing new in the Depression-era city, especially to war veterans Inspector Jimmy Dreghorn and his partner 'Bonnie' Archie McDaid. But the dead man found in a narrowboat on the Forth and Clyde Canal, executed with a single shot to the back of the head, is no ordinary killing.

Violence usually erupts in the heat of the moment - the razor-gangs that stalk the streets settle scores with knives and fists. Firearms suggest something more sinister, especially when the killer strikes again. Meanwhile, other forces are stirring within the city. A suspected IRA cell is at large, embedded within the criminal gangs and attracting the ruthless attention of Special Branch agents from London.

With political and sectarian tensions rising, and the body count mounting, Dreghorn and McDaid pursue an investigation into the dark heart of humanity - where one person's freedom fighter is another's terrorist, and noble ideals are swept away by bloody vengeance.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529054088
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A darkly compelling thriller . . . Morrison succeeds in summoning Depression-era Glasgow in a powerful work of crime fiction - The Sunday Times

Morrison hasn’t so much written a novel as built a time machine: step in and be transported - The Scotsman

This is Peaky Blinders territory, though with the police at its heart rather than gangsters. Packed with dramatic action and unforgettable characters, it casts a hypnotic spell and stirs the blood - Daily Mail

Morrison writes with vividness and perception, and he is effective at showing action from multiple perspectives. Fast-moving and engaging - Literary Review

A magnificent and enthralling portrait of a dark and dangerous city and the men and women who live and die in it. An astounding debut - Mark Billingham on Edge of the Grave, bestselling author of the Tom Thorne series

Tense, absorbing and dripping with gallus Glasgow humour, this book is absolutely wonderful - Abir Mukherjee on Edge of the Grave, bestselling author of the Wyndham and Banerjee series

Morrison's writing is so fluid, his dialogue so pitch perfect, the book fairly demands you stay up all night turning the pages - James Oswald, bestselling author of the Inspector McLean series

Vivid characters, a finely drawn portrait of Glasgow in the 1930s and a page turning narrative. What more could you want? - Alan Parks, author of May God Forgive, winner of the 2022 McIlvanney Prize

Jimmy Dreghorn is back – with a vengeance. Cast a Cold Eye is a twisting, sharp-edged tale of a violent past echoing in a violent city. 1930s Glasgow is masterfully conjured in every soot-stained tenement, every smoke-filled pub, every menace-shadowed street corner. Morrison is on top form here. Superb - Craig Russell, international bestselling author of Hyde

A joyous Glaswegian nightmare. Sectarian ley lines, loyalty and betrayal, love and loss. By turns brutal and hilarious, told in a rich vernacular with an acute sense of time and place, the return of Dreghorn and McDaid in Cast a Cold Eye is another triumph from Robbie Morrison - Dominic Nolan, author of The Times Book of the Month, Vine Street

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Hardback

“Brilliantly written - a must read novel”

Our protagonist is Inspector Jimmy Dreghorn. He is a Catholic in an almost wholly Protestant force. Dreghorn served in the First World War and it is an experience that hangs over him like a suffocating cloud of... More

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“Brilliant exploration of the Depression and sectarian violence in Scotland and Ireland”

Glasgow 1933 and life is hard during the Depression as people struggle to survive. Armed gangs evade the police but when a man is found shot in an execution-style, this is something else. Inspector Jimmy Dreghorn... More

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“one of the years top reads”

Following on from the acclaimed Edge of the Grave, Robbie Morrison returns with another sublime read, as gripping as it is entertaining

There are a number of things which standout in Cast A Cole Eye, one of which is... More

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