'Simone Buchholz writes with real authority and a pungent, noir-ish sense of time and space ... a palpable hit' Independent
'Reading Buchholz is like walking on firecrackers ... a truly unique voice in crime fiction' Graeme Macrae Burnet
Mired in grief after tragic recent events, state prosecutor Chastity Riley escapes to Scotland, lured to the birthplace of her great-great-grandfather by a mysterious letter suggesting she has inherited a house.
In Glasgow, she meets Tom, the ex-lover of Chastity's great aunt, who holds the keys to her own family secrets - painful stories of unexpected cruelty and loss that she's never dared to confront.
In Hamburg, Stepanovic and Calabretta investigate a major arson attack, while a group of property investors kicks off an explosion of violence that threatens everyone.
As events in these two countries collide, Chastity prepares to face the inevitable, battling the ghosts of her past and the lost souls that could be her future and, perhaps, finally finding redemption for them all.
Nail-bitingly tense and breathtakingly emotive, River Clyde is both an electrifying, pulse-pounding thriller and a poignant, powerful story of damage and hope, and one woman's fight for survival.
Praise for the Chastity Riley series
'[A] nerve-racking narrative ... [with] a cunning climax that is shocking and deeply romantic' The Times
'Modern noir, with taut storytelling, a hard-bitten heroine, and underlying melancholy peppered with wry humour ... there's a fizz, a poetry and a sense of coolness' New Zealand Listener
'The coolest character in crime fiction ... Darkly funny and written with a huge heart' Big Issue
'Fierce enough to stab the heart' Spectator
'A stylish, whip-smart thriller' Herald Scotland
'Combines slick storytelling with substance ... like a straight shot of top-shelf liquor: smooth yet fiery, packing a punch with no extraneous ingredients watering things down' Mystery Scene
'Caustic, incisive prose. A street-smart, gutsy heroine. A timely and staggeringly stylish thriller' Will Carver
'With plenty of dry humour and a good old dash of despair, Simone Buchholz is an unconventional, refreshing new voice' Crime Fiction Lover
'With brief, pacy chapters and fizzling dialogue, this almost feels like American procedural noir and not a translation' Maxim Jakubowski
'There is a fantastic pace to the story which keeps you hooked from the first sentence all the way to the end a unique voice that delivers a stylish story' NB Magazine
'A smart and witty book that shines a probing spotlight on society' CultureFly
'Fans of Brookmyre could do worse than checking out Simone Buchholz, a star of the German crime lit scene who has been deftly translated into English by Rachel Ward' Goethe Institute
'By turns lyrical and pithy, this adventure set in the melting pot of contemporary Hamburg has a plot and a sensibility that both owe something to mind-altering substances. Lots of fun' Sunday Times
'Great sparkling energy, humour and stylistic verve and the story itself is gripping and pacey' Rosie Goldsmith
'A must-read, stylish and highly original take on the detective novel, written with great skill and popping with great characters' Judith O'Reilly
'Constantly surprising an original, firecracker of a read' LoveReading
Publisher: Orenda Books
Number of pages: 276
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
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