The Blood is Still: A Rebecca Connolly Thriller (Paperback)Douglas Skelton (author)
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When the body of a man in eighteenth-century Highland dress is discovered on the site of the Battle of Culloden, journalist Rebecca Connolly takes up the story for the Chronicle.
Meanwhile, a film being made about the '45 Rebellion has enraged the right-wing group Spirit of the Gael which is connected to a shadowy group called Black Dawn linked to death threats and fake anthrax deliveries to Downing Street and Holyrood. When a second body - this time in the Redcoat uniform of the government army - is found in Inverness, Rebecca finds herself drawn ever deeper into the mystery. Are the murders connected to politics, a local gang war or something else entirely?
Publisher: Birlinn General
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 195 x 130 x 20 mm
'Skelton's years as the editor of a local newspaper make for an intrinsic, pitch-black depiction of the competition between the police, the press, and the powers-that-be in the scramble to construct and control narratives... Two interlinked murders...right-wing political groups add further intricacies to the storyline... As the plot winds to its suspenseful conclusion, it becomes clear that Rebecca's own life is increasing at stake. ... [Skelton's] first-hand experience of real-life crime enriches his writing, as the book's complexities gradually increase and the finer details of the murders become ever more important'* Dundee Courier, Scottish Book of the Week *
'I was only a few pages into this new novel before I decided on the phrase I would use to describe it. It's a corking read'-- Kirsty McLuckie * Scotland on Sunday *
'If you don't know Skelton, now's the time'-- Ian Rankin
'The Blood is Still is a compelling read with characters you care about and a layered, intelligent plot that captures both the heart and the mind. Absolutely unmissable'* LiveandDeadly.net *
'A captivating, intricate and thoroughly satisfying thriller'* LoveReading *
'[I]t shows how versatile a writer Skelton is and that he is just going from strength to strength. It's a triumph. I absolutely loved it and everyone should read it!'* SimplySuzeReviews *
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