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[a] sexy new rival for old Rebus...―The Scotsman
The gritty realism with which Anderson evokes her settings is one of the best things about this novel―The Times
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.
About the Author
- Publication date : March 8, 2011
- File size : 1840 KB
- Print length : 207 pages
- Publisher : Lin Anderson; 1st edition (March 8, 2011)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004R9QT9Q
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #149,427 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The first one had a dreadful-hysterical hero, a cheap shot early murder red-herring to get the reader all worked up for the hero, and not one likable character except one policeman. At the end there was no end, just stopping with the proverbial 'is he still alive?' hanger for somewhere down the series line. Then I read the next just to see if it were better. Well,no. It was worse. Still that always angry and confused hero--so much so after two books, I looked to see if Ms. Anderson was a former romance novelist. Romance authors often cannot leave the hysterical female and the conflicted hostile relationships with men out when they turn to the lucrative mystery market.
But I struggled on to the end of Torch. There is NO real story of the fires; no connection of any of the plot lines if there were any plotlines, except some loose comments near the end appearing as an afterthought--to put all the killings and fires, etc. together. After pages of rehashing the relationships, the retelling of what everyone thought...oh, yes, I must finish up. There were more convenient situations of the bad guy(s) finding out things and being places than even sort of possible with poetic license. A son that shows once and conveniently is put in dangerous situation that truly defies any story telling. Cruelty for cruelty sake. Killing of the kinds that make all readers enraged...since no one is much concerned about humans. There is still this constant angry-unhappy with everyone heroine that can't manage any relationship at all--I guess we are supposed to like her for saying no to one guy. Holy moly. This was more than boring. And well, I can only say that the glowing reviews I have read? Maybe we who love Scotland feel a need to get Scot writers a wider audience...but why terrible ones? I am truly sorry. I really wanted to like Lin Anderson's books.
Our main character is forensic scientist, Dr. Rhona MacLeod.
I like the side stories here - Dr. MacLeod’s meeting the mysterious man she suspects may be the elusive ‘Simon’; her past affair with Edward; her co-worker and friend, Chrissy, with her family problems; police officer Bill Wilson and on-again/off-again live in, Sean.
A very readable narrative with an interesting ‘sense of place’. A gripping, brutal at times, crime drama.
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Summoned in the early hours of the morning to a squalid block of flats Dr Rhona MacLeod is confronted with a shocking scene which threatens to strike dangerously close to her heart given the son she gave up for adoption seventeen years ago. Faced by a horrific crime scene in which a young teenage boy has been asphyxiated during anal sex, she is appalled by the bite marks and evidence of post-mortem testicle gnawing ravaged on his body. He could be any fair-haired young boy, but the vulnerable eyes, well-nourished body and distinct lack of drug abuse tell of someone new to the scene. Rhona wonders if the victim could be a student from Glasgow university and when Bill catches sight of the Manchester United scarf he doubts the boy is a native Glasgow lad! The scent of expensive aftershave, the quality and brand of the whiskey and the tailor made French curtain and silk fibres found on the body indicate that this is no run-of-the-mill encounter. Rhona and DI Bill Wilson conclude that this is not a isolated incident and Rhona is alerted when she sees what looks to be a thin leather neck band with a Celtic cross on it. Given she has witnessed this marking on the body of a young male student's corpse six-months previously, Rhona and Bill suspect the two incidents could be connected and they decide to probe a little further.
With DI Bill Wilson, pathologist Dr Sissons and Rhona's Scientific Officer, Chrissy McInsh, commenting on the boys uncanny resemblance to Rhona she knows she will have to get answers about the child she gave up for adoption. The man who fathered that child, lawyer and potential by-election candidate, Edward Spencer, is aware that a scandal is just what he must avoid, but finding her birth son becomes a priority for Rhona. In an effort to keep Rhona quiet Edward acquiesces to her demands to confirm the child they shared in not the victim, but he is reluctant to delve deeper. When Rhona meets police cyber-sleuth Gavin MacLean he seems to present her opportunity to attempt to contact the child she gave away, but is he just a little too good to be true? Having not told her lover of seven months, Irishman and jazz musician, Sean, about the child along with her own doubts about his faithfulness she opts out of a romantic trip to Paris and with Sean away, Gavin sees his chance to get to know Rhona a little better!
The case unsettles DI Bill Wilson, with two teenage children of his own and after his harrowing baptism of fire attending the sex crimes computer training he has seen just how chilling the courting and recruiting process is. When journalist Jim Connelly, runs an investigative expose on the paedophile rings of Glasgow in the local newspaper the secretive groups dive for cover in the depths of the darkweb making Bill's job becomes even more difficult. As things come to a head, Chrissy reconnects with an old school friend, rent boy Neil MacGregor who has plenty of problems of his own. The welts on his neck and the story he tells echoes the scene of crime that confronted Rhona but threatening to embroil Edward's well-connected circle of friends and son, Jonathan, the tension escalates.
I really enjoyed Lin Anderson's focus on why Rhona had changed from studying three years of medicine to forensic science, a discipline where she could seek the truth, look for answers and perhaps discover why a crime happened. The specifics of her role as a forensic scientist is kept to the fore in Driftnet and it is wonderful to see an author so conversant with the nitty-gritty details of the process. Rhona's diligent focus on bringing justice for the victims of crime makes her immensely likeable and it is hard not to admire her search for forthright answers. I was disappointed with the overexcitable race to the finish, which included an overblown hospital kidnap as it detracted from a thoughtful investigation.
Given that Driftnet numbers less than 250 pages, I found it satisfyingly complicated and with developments in all of the central characters lives I was impressed with how many individual threads Lin Anderson juggled. Huge potential for character development and a brilliant mix of crime and changing lives. The specifics of this storyline pertain to paedophilia and are grim reading, hence I would not recommend Driftnet to readers of a more sensitive nature. Thankfully not all of Rhona's work is as emotive as child abuse and certainly makes for easier reading.
Review written by Rachel Hall (@hallrachel)
This is the first in a series of books written by Scottish author Lin Anderson. They feature forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod who is based in laboratories within the grounds of Glasgow University overlooking Kelvingrove Park.
A young boy is murdered in a Glasgow flat. He appeared to have been engaging in a sexual act at the time of death. The physical evidence shows strangulation and police are concerned that there may be a paedophile ring operating in the city. Previous non-fatal attacks within the rent boy community now require further evaluation and analysis.
MacLeod finds the investigation challenging not just because of the unsavoury content but because it opens up a window from her past. The victim reminds her of the son she gave up for adoption years previously and their physical characteristics makes her wonder if she is investigating the death of her own son?
In an effort to find out MacLeod contacts her former boyfriend and her child’s father. Now a successful lawyer and aspiring politician he does not want this particular can of worms opened at this time. However despite his best, or perhaps worse, efforts he and his present family are drawn into the present case with horrific consequences.
An enjoyable book featuring many familiar Glasgow locations which I did not have to try too hard to imagine. That familiarity perhaps made the story line more harrowing given I was so aware of the locations. Think this might be a series worth pursuing.
This is the first of the Rhona MacLeod books by Ms Anderson and it gets off to a good start. Setting up several storylines, the author develops her characters well, leaving the reader plenty to think about. The relationships between the main character and her ex-husband, as well as her current, uncertain, musician boyfriend, are well-judged, while the unravelling of the plot delves into child abuse and paedophiles, which may be upsetting for some readers.
The detail Anderson gets into is satisfyingly realistic without being overly gruesome and though the story wasn’t quite as thrilling as I’d expected, it still held my attention without too much trouble.
Great start to a great series.
The mutilated, naked body of a teenage boy is discovered in a small flat. It seems he has been killed during some sort of sex game, and the injuries and signs of abuse found on his body point to a vicious, demented killer. When Rhona is summoned to the scene to take her samples, she's shocked to notice that the victim bears an uncanny resemblance to her. Someone later tells her that he looked so like her, he could have been her younger brother! Unbeknown to everyone else, seventeen years earlier, Rhona had given up a baby boy for adoption. Without an ID for the victim and stunned by the horrible possibility, Rhona becomes desperate to dig deep to help the police find out who this boy was, why did he end up there, who did this to him. She also suddenly wants to trace her son in the hope that he's still out there alive and well. But could this really be her son? Racked by guilt, Rhona is determined to find out. Not so eager is the man who fathered that boy, lawyer and by-election candidate Edward Spencer, who's now married with children. He warns Rhona that he doesn't want a scandal to crop up now and ruin his prospective future career in politics. Still, Rhona doesn't care, with or without his help, she will find out the truth.
Well, I've known about author Lin Anderson for a long time now, but for one reason or another I'd never read any of her books. I found this one quite intriguing and brilliantly written. Even though it was written a number of years ago, it doesn't feel dated at all. The author's vivid descriptions and the way she puts her words kept me interested throughout. The possibility that the victim could be Rhona's son kept me hooked till the end, wanting as much as herself to find out if that was the case or not. Was he, or not??
The book deals with paedophilia and paedophile rings, a theme not everyone is comfortable reading about, however the author treats it very sensitively. The crime scene's description can be a bit disturbing to go through, however there aren't any violent scenes of children being abused in the book.
All characters and dialogues are realistic. Rhona is quite likeable, a brilliant scientist who has not quite put her past behind her. The guilt feelings and regrets of abandoning her child have never left her. I'm now keen to learn more about her and some of the other characters like Chrissy, her assistant; DI Bill Wilson who leads the investigation; and Sean, the man she loves, in the following books.
All in all, I thought for a debut, this book was very good, however the ending felt a bit rushed and certain questions remained unanswered, or not clearly answered. Having said that, I really enjoyed it and will certainly be reading more books by this brilliant author.
This first novel is fast paced, graphic and quickly develops the protagonists personal and work life.
Glasgow is the setting and is used well, bringing the city to life.
The crimes are grisly and as a forensic scientist Macleod brings them to life.
I enjoyed the first novel, was gripped by the story line but honestly I felt a bit doubtful about how far Rhona Macleod could go. But I won't judge an author by one book and definitely not their debut book so as soon as I put down Book 1 I hopped onto Book 2.