This is the fifth novel in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector McLean series set in Edinburgh. Inspector Tony McLean returns in the latest dark and grisly chapter in the bestselling series. It follows Natural Causes, the R&J summer highlight, The Book of Souls, The Hangman's Song and Dead Men's Bones. Praise for James Oswald: "A star of Scotland's burgeoning crime fiction scene". (Daily Record). "Crime fiction's next big thing". (The Sunday Telegraph). "Literary sensation...James' overnight success has drawn comparisons with the meteoric rise of E L James and her Fifty Shades of Grey series". (Daily Mail). "Fifty Shades of Hay". (The Times). "Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers". (Daily Mail). "The new Ian Rankin". (Daily Record). "The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish". (The Herald). "A good read". (The Times). "An excellent start to what promises to be a fine series". (Guardian). "Classy, occasionally brutal, and with the odd suggestion of the supernatural, this will doubtless be another deserved hit. Oswald's writing is in a class above most in this genre". (Daily Express). James Oswald is the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The first four, Natural Causes, The Book of Souls,The Hangman's Song and Dead Men's Bones are also available as Penguin paperbacks and ebooks. He has written an epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, which is published by Penguin, as well as comic scripts and short stories. In his spare time he runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep.