Whirligig (Paperback)
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Published: 26/03/2020
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Secrets, lies and corruption infest a small Highland community in a pulsating slice of tartan noir from a distinctive, uncompromising new voice.

Shortlisted for the The McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2020

Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2020

Just outside a sleepy Highland town, a gamekeeper is found hanging lifeless from a tree. The local police investigate an apparent suicide, only to find he's been snared as efficiently as the rabbit suspended beside him.

As the body count rises, the desperate hunt is on to find the murderer before any more people die. But the town doesn't give up its secrets easily, and who makes the intricate clockwork mechanisms carved from bone and wood found at each crime?

Whirligig is a tartan noir like no other; an expose of the corruption pervading a small Highland community and the damage this inflicts on society's most vulnerable. What happens when those placed in positions of trust look the other way; when those charged with our protection are inadequate to the challenge; when the only justice is that served by those who have been sinned against?

This debut crime novel introduces DI James Corstophine - a man still grieving for a wife lost to cancer; his small close-knit team of passed-over police and their quiet Highland town. He's up against a killer who plays him as easily as a child. For a man whose been treading water since the death of his wife, he's facing a metaphorical flood of biblical proportions as he struggles to understand why these murders are happening, and who is behind each carefully planned execution. All the time, the clock is ticking.

Publisher: Fledgling Press
ISBN: 9781912280339
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Ambitious, innovative concept and the most intricate modus operandi for killing the victims of any book this year...a real page turner.'; McIlvanney Prize 2020 Panel;'I really loved this fresh new voice in Scottish crime' @OnTheShelfBooks; 'Whirligig" by Andrew James Greig is an outstanding murder mystery that draws you in and keeps you turning the pages all the way to its beautifully crafted and nicely veiled conclusion.' @UndisScot; 'I wish I had more words to describe how brilliant this book is, so far they don't quite feel adequate enough but I can honestly say that I enjoyed every moment of reading Whirligig and it will easily make it onto my favourite books of the year list.' @Kate_everywhere; There is such a beauty in the writing. I simply love how the author keeps the tone lyrical, whether he is describing horrid scenes or simply pushing the investigation along. I can't believe this is a debut. I found the narrative style to be extremely (sometimes violently) visual, and it is a difficult art to put some of the images he uses into words. I was mesmerised by the opening. It was as if I were watching a movie, waiting for something to happen. I was keen to discover who could be behind this big plan, and I wasn't disappointed by the answers I got. Meggy Roussell, blogger https://chocolatenwaffles.com/

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Raven88

“A fresh and inventive debut”

I tell you what, this was an absolute winner on so many levels for me, and with absolutely no disrespect to Andrew James Grieg, I will immediately draw comparisons with Benjamin Myers excellent thrillers, Turning Blue... More

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When you pick up a crime novel, there are a certain few things you want to see: inventive MOs, engaging characters with a good web of backstories, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing till the end. This... More

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“Smart & entertaining!”

Did I spend 30 min on the phone with my dad just so I could talk to someone about this book? Even though he hasn't read it? Yes. I did. I liked this book so much that I felt the need to call my dad at 11 pm just... More

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