Scotland has been a proudly independent country for centuries. But success has now turned sour. Malcolm Mackay's remarkable novel of crime and corruption is set in a brooding, rain-swept Scottish city that is compellingly different from the one we think we know.
The Scottish city of Challaid is corruption-riddled place where people frequently go off the radar. So when PC Vinny Reno discovers his ex-wife, Freya, has disappeared, he turns to private detectives Darian Ross and Sholto Douglas.
Their search will lead them to a collision between Freya and a wealthy banking family. But it also leads to more quesitions. What does Freya's dissappearance have to do with a year-old murder case? What is the involvement of a young man who never leaves his house? As they dig deeper into the past, Darian and Sholto realise they must stand against the most powerful people in the city if they are to unearth the truth...
Malcolm Mackay was born in Stornoway on Scotland's Isle of Lewis. His first novel, The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, won the ITV Crime Thriller Award, and was short-listed for several other prizes, including an Edgar Award and a CWA Dagger. His second novel, How a Gunman Says Goodbye, won the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award. Mackay still lives in Stornoway.