DETECTIVE Sergeant Gus Thoroughgood is back on the streets of Glasgow in The Longest Shadow. Beginning on top of Scotland's iconic Wallace Monument, when a skeleton from Thoroughgood's past threatens to put the full stop on his future, the action comes at the reader like a runaway train. In the third instalment of RJ Mitchell's gritty Glaswegian crime thriller series, Thoroughgood finds himself in pursuit of a suspect he believes is the psychopathic leader of a vicious gang wanted for murder and abduction. The streets of Glasgow's West End and city centre are the location for a high octane pursuit that leaves the reader gasping for breath, before culminating in a life and death struggle on top of one of Glasgow's most famous landmarks, the Rennie Mackintosh designed Glasgow school of Art - but does Thoroughgood have the right man? Just as he defies death to thwart the gang, Thoroughgood's complicated love life ensnares him in the battle for control of the Roxburgh Whisky dynasty. Tension builds towards a nail-biting crescendo as the DS attempts to identify the cold-blooded killer who is intent on wiping out the nation's most famous whisky family.
While the finger of guilt, in an apparently haphazard investigation, is being pointed at a powerful Triad leader, clues from a 70 year-old war time diary lead the DS to realise nothing is as it seems. But with his growing feelings for Victoria Roxburgh, the last of the Dynasty's surviving siblings, clouding his judgement, Thoroughgood finds himself in a fight to the end with a ruthless foe whose identity shocks them both.
Publisher: Fledgling Press
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
Part three of Gus Thoroughgood's adventures ups the ante on the action. One stand-out sequence features a high-speed chase that rips through the heart of Glasgow, causing more mayhem than a multi-million-dollar Hollywood blockbuster. Michael Bay will be taking notes." ALAN MORRISON, Group Arts Editor, Herald & Times Breathtaking city centre car chases, shoot outs, punch ups and stand offs all conspire to keep the pages turning - while an underlying dark wit has resonances of the very best in the Tartan Noir tradition. GREGOR WHITE, Stirling Observer Praise for The Hurting: The Glasgow Terror "The locations ring true even as characters and scenarios take on violent and exaggerated twists... a timely addition to the Tartan Noir genre." ALAN MORRISON, Group Arts Editor, Herald & Times "This is a thriller packed full of blood and sweat that also has its human side...raises the pulse no question, but also left me with a surprisingly large lump in my throat besides." GREGOR WHITE, Stirling Observer "A fast-moving thriller in which two desperate Glasgow CID officers try to thwart a Jihad on their own doorstep." RUSSELL LEADBETTER, Glasgow Evening Times