Detective Lou Perlman returns to Glasgow's dark underbelly in the atmospheric new crime thriller from the acclaimed author of The Bad Fire and The Last Darkness. When a young Asian entrepreneur dies in a suspicious fall from his high-rise apartment and an Indian kindergarten teacher is gunned down in front of her class it's clear to Detective Sergeant Lou Perlman that he is dealing with racially motivated murder. The emergence of a group called White Rage and a growing sense of fear across the city of Glasgow mean that Perlman needs some answers quickly. At the same time, he needs to make sense of a crime that is closer to home - the mysterious shooting of his own brother Colin. Lou's conviction that the killing is connected to the underworld boss Leo Kilroy nags at his mind almost as much as his unspoken love for Colin's widow Miriam. And when Lou Perlman looks beneath the glittering new surface of the city in which he was born, he finds all sorts of ancient connections, some of them painful, some of them shocking, many of them disturbing.
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Campbell Armstrong was born in Glasgow and educated at Sussex University. After living in the USA for twenty years, he now lives in Ireland. He has been in the front rank of modern thriller writers for many years, and his bestselling novels include the highly acclaimed JIG series. His recent heartbreaking memoir, All That Really Matters, was also a remarkable success, particularly in Scotland and Ireland, where it was a No 1 bestseller. 'Armstrong is among the most intriguing of writers... near to unputdownable' GQ 'Armstrong creates electric tension.' Daily TelegraphFrom AudioFile:
An Asian man falls from a balcony. An Indian kindergarten teacher is shot in front of her horrified students. A Nigerian student is knifed. Police Detective Lou Perlman uncovers a white supremacist plot that goes beyond ugly threats and painted swastikas. As he pokes about in Glasgow's human garbage, he uncovers lost souls, psycho-killers, and Leo Kilroy, the underworld's grossly overweight emperor of sleaze, who hates Perlman--first, because he's a Jew and, second, because he's a cop. Narrator James Bryce creates a Perlman whose voice is gravelly, whose introspection is flawed, and whose heart is pure. Police corruption, extremist racist plots, and Perlman's secret love for his widowed sister-in-law all mesh in Campbell Armstrong's masterful mystery, and James Bryce brings every one of Armstrong's oddball Glaswegians to life. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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