Song of the Dead
DI Westphall Book 1
By Douglas Lindsay
A dark and twisting police procedural, for fans of James Oswald, LJ Ross, Stuart Macbride, Helen Fields, Ian Rankin, Joy Ellis, Christopher Brookmyre and Malcolm Mackay.
In this first book in a brand new series, DI Ben Westphall investigates a decades-old murder that takes him from the Scottish highlands to the depths of the Estonian forest. Expect twists and turns, dark humour and even darker crimes, but most of all, expect the unexpected.
'Richly atmospheric . . . Lindsay solidifies his place as one of the rising stars of tartan noir' Publishers Weekly
A dead man walks into a police station. He tells a tale - bizarre as it is grotesque - of kidnap and organ harvesting. John Baden's story of being held prisoner for twelve years sounds far-fetched - but it's all about to get much, much stranger.
DI Ben Westphall has been given the case because of his background in MI6. He also has a knack for getting inside people's heads and seeing things others would miss. Westphall is no ordinary detective and this is no ordinary investigation.
When his suspects start dying, Westphall realises someone is killing to cover up the truth. But what exactly is the truth? To find out, he'll have to question everything he's been told, before there's no one left to ask.
What readers are saying about SONG OF THE DEAD
'A brilliantly written, dark and twisting read . . . a step above the usual crime thrillers'
'Excellent book! Loved the characters and it was a great storyline'
'Completely wonderful . . . Really recommend, and I'll be looking for other titles by this author'
'Clever plotting which kept me turning the pages'
Douglas Lindsay was born in Scotland in 1964, at 2:38 am. Thirty-five years of little note ensued, before the world heralded the publication of his first book, The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson, which was adapted was adapted for the screen starring Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone and Emma Thompson. As he was leaving the house to undertake a public engagement for the first time, his wife kissed him on the cheek and said, 'Whatever you do, don't be yourself...' Sadly, Lindsay continues to ignore her advice to this day.
Lindsay worked at the Ministry of Defence for over ten years and is married to a diplomat. He has lived in Dakar, Belgrade, Warsaw and Tallinn, an experience that inspired Song of the Dead. He now lives and writes full time in Somerset with his wife and their two children. Find him on Twitter at @DTSLindsay.
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07 Feb 2019
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Richly atmospheric . . . Lindsay solidifies his place as one of the rising stars of tartan noir — Publishers Weekly
A darkly atmospheric thriller with a labyrinthine plot with more twists than a Grand Prix track. — Michael Wood, author of the DCI Matilda Darke series
A really addictive plot, and so atmospheric. Clever and unexpected — S D Sykes, author of the Oswald de Lacy series
A Tartan Noir tour de force. Lindsay writes with an economy and skill all too rare in modern fiction . . . Brilliant — Tony Black, author of the DI Bob Valentine series
As a hero, Westphall has a lot to offer and Song of the Dead is a sufficiently complex and gripping introductory case . . . all the indications are for a bright fictional future — Shots Magazine
A really tense murder mystery — Jaffa Reads Too