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Song of the Dead

Song of the Dead

Book 1 in the DI Westphall series

‘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 case.

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.

(P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 7th February 2019

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781473696938


Douglas Lindsay is an underrated writer with an eccentric, blisteringly satirical voice . . . enjoyably bizarre. I loved it
Sunday Express
The novel's immersive and compelling dark mood whets the appetite for future instalments
Glasgow Herald
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
Readers who enjoy James Oswald's crime novels will devour fellow Scottish author Douglas Lindsay's ominous and atmospheric Song of the Dead...A brilliant introduction to the DI Westphall series
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 tense murder mystery
Jaffa Reads Too
A really addictive plot, and so atmospheric. Clever and unexpected
S D Sykes, author of the Oswald de Lacy series
Richly atmospheric . . . Lindsay solidifies his place as one of the rising stars of tartan noir
Publishers Weekly