ABOUT THE BOOK:
Cullrothes, in the Scottish Highlands, where Innes hides a terrible secret from
his girlfriend Alice, a gorgeous, cheating, lying schoolteacher. In the same
village, Donald is the aggressive distillery owner, who floods the country with
narcotics alongside his single malt; when his son goes missing, he becomes
haunted by an anonymous American investor intent on purchasing the
Cullrothes Distillery by any means necessary. Schoolgirl Jessie is trying to get
the grades to escape to the mainland, while Grandpa counts the days left in his
This is a place where mountains are immense and the loch freezes in winter. A
place with only one road in and out. With long storms and furious midges and a
terrible phone signal. The police are compromised the journalists are scum, and
the innocent folk of Cullrothes tangle themselves in a fermenting barrel of
suspicion, malice and lies…
OMG hard to believe this is a debut novel and what a great debut it is. I read this book in two days, such was the quality of the story and once gripped it would not let me go. This book had everything you want in a good crime novel and more.
Jessie a teenage girl, whose parents are divorced, is looking after her grandfather who is dying of throat cancer.
Donald who runs the family distillery, a front for drug running, is a mean gangster who stops at nothing and married to Morag who is equally ruthless.
Alice a teacher at the local school borders on the edge of being a psychopath and her husband Innes, manager of the local hotel has a dark past.
Valentine a journalist who will do anything for a story, including seduction. Add into the mix police corruption and other people looking to cash into the drug market you have what you would call a potboiler.
You would think with all this and more going on you would the author and/or the reader would lose the plot and and up confused. But no the quality of Alan’s writing , the concise plotting and the short chapters make for a satisfying read that draws to a great finale.
I’m glad this book landed in my hands and I would recommend this book and author to anyone who loves great crime writing. All the stars from me and I look forward to reading more by Alan.
Thanks to Alan for the story
Unbound for the ARC
Anne Cater for the tour invite.