Review of The Damage Done by James Oswald

Reviewed by:  Mojomums reviewer Diana

the damage done

What they say: When an Edinburgh Police Vice Squad raid goes embarrassingly awry, Inspector Tony McLean is confronted by something he had thought long buried.

Haunted by the echoes of an old case, the memories won’t fade as McLean struggles to piece together the elusive connections between a series of strange and gruesome deaths shocking the city.

The investigation draws him ever deeper into the upper echelons of Edinburgh society. Powerful people who do not take kindly to being asked the wrong questions.

McLean never was one to toe the line, and his stubborn refusal to do so brings into play shadowy forces that put not only his career but his life in grave danger.

In chasing the monsters of the present, McLean must also confront shadows of the past – but at what cost? Is it too late to undo the damage that has been done . . .?

What we say:  “This is the latest in the Inspector McLean series.  I’m not familiar with this series but enjoyed this book very much.  A fast-paced, ‘action packed’ detective murder mystery which carries the reader along at a cracking pace, wanting to know what happens next.  The Scottish names of the main characters are a bit hard to get hold of but generally the characterisations are good and you do ‘care’ about what happens to the main characters which is a sign of good writing.  I was a little sceptical of one or two aspects of the story-lines but that’s a minor quibble.

All in all, a rollicking read, gruesome and ‘gritty’ as the book sleeve says – but then murder isn’t pretty is it?”


The Damage Done by James Oswald is available from many good book stores and online from Amazon.

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