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Deadly Code (Rhona MacLeod #3) Kindle Edition
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- Book 3 of 13 in A Rhona Macleod Thriller
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A cracking page-turner and impressive debut―News of the World on Driftnet
Lin Anderson is one of Scotland's national treasures - don't be fooled by comparisons, her writing is unique, bringing warmth and depth to even the seediest parts of Glasgow. Lin's Rhona MacLeod is a complex and compelling heroine who just gets better with every outing.―Stuart MacBride, author of Cold Granite --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- Publication date : May 9, 2011
- Publisher : Lin Anderson (May 9, 2011)
- File size : 1124 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 276 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B00505E2AY
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #397,450 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The ‘sense of place’ in this third Rhona MacLeod mystery, DEADLY CODE by Lin Anderson, is extraordinary. One can feel the tranquility and peace and beautiful land and seascapes of western Scotland. I particularly like the connection between the Gaelic College of western Scotland and the Gaelic College located in Cape Breton (Nova Scotia). The gaelic language, history and traditions are all alive and well in both these areas.
Another young character, Spike, is introduced in the story - a very pivotal character.
A true ‘noir’ - a genre of crime film or fiction characterized by cynicism, fatalism and moral ambiguity.
The characters are fully developed, the plot line is complex and there is never a feeling of "oh yeah, I know where this is going", half-way through that I get with so many books. I like to be a little unbalanced, a bit on edge whilst reading books in this genre and Ms Anderson never disappoints.
It was good getting to know even more about Rhona in a personal sense and the secondary characters were interesting too. I also enjoy the fact that this book was set in Scotland. Even though I am not Scottish myself, I lived there for a time and this book made me want to book a flight and go back :)
Book 4, here I come!
Top reviews from other countries
This is the third in Lin Anderson’s series of books featuring forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod. I admit to being slightly disappointed in the previous book in the series and hoped when I started reading this book that it would recapture the vitality and vigour that was present in the first series book. I was not disappointed.
A human limb is washed up on the shores of Skye and sent to Rhona’s lab in Glasgow for analysis. It is a fairly straightforward investigation but whilst Rhona is attending an international conference in Los Angeles the Ministry of Defence step in and remove the limb and all other relevant evidence. Rhona is not impressed by this action.
A young couple is on the run with a baby. Wanted by the drugs squad they head for Skye which for one of them is the source of memories they would rather not confront. Meanwhile Rhona’s boyfriend is held for alleged drug selling and as a consequence Rhona is suspended from her job. After the MOD intrusion this is something Rhona does not take kindly too and she heads for Skye ostensibly for rest and recreation but in reality she wants to pursue further her investigation into the mysterious limb.
Naturally all things come together in a tale of national security, drug smuggling and murder. Set against the rugged background of Skye it incorporates fully the features of the terrain making it as much part of the story as anything else. I really enjoyed this book and it restored significantly my waning interest after the disappointment of the previous book.
The story starts off with a severed foot being discovered in the Scottish waters. Initially it is assumed that it belongs to a fisherman lost in a boating accident. Rhona isn't so sure and starts to delve deeper but her investigation is quickly blocked by the MoD and all evidence related to the investigation mysteriously disappears. However, in a relatively short space of time more body parts are found and Rhona is convinced that something is seriously amiss.
Running as what seems to be a parallel story are the characters of Esther and Spike whose paths cross Rhona's when her boyfriend gives them a place to stay in her absence. Initially they seem to be a small part of the book but their involvement grows until Spike becomes an integral part of the plot and its conclusion.
This is a well written book, exactly what I have come to expect after reading Andersons' previous two books and it certainly didn't disappoint. It was one of those books where I just had to keep picking it up to read a bit more and find out what was going to happen next. The few times I thought I could predict the next twist I was wrong, and the conclusion is certainly not one I saw coming.
If I were to have a small criticism of this book it is that Rhona always seems to be in the right place at the right time and just happens to meet the people who are integral to the story - but as long as you take this book for what it is and don't worry about how true to life it is then you are in for a good read.
Deadly Code had many loose pages which were on verge of falling out.
Very disappointed with the books condition but story was good.
Would have returned the books but had already read part way before discovering problems.