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Paths of the Dead (Rhona Macleod Book 9) Kindle Edition
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Paths of the Dead is the thrilling ninth book in Lin Anderson's forensic crime series featuring Rhona MacLeod.
When Amy MacKenzie agrees to attend a meeting at a local spiritualist church, the last person she expects to hear calling to her from beyond the grave is her son. The son whom she'd only spoken to an hour before.
Then the body of a young man is found inside a Neolithic stone circle high above the city of Glasgow and forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod is soon on the case. The hands have been severed and there is a stone in the victim's mouth with the number five scratched on it. DI Michael McNab is certain it's a gangland murder, but Rhona isn't convinced.
When a second body is found in similar circumstances, a pattern begins to emerge, of a killer intent on masterminding a gruesome Druidic game that everyone will be forced to play . . .
Follow Rhona MacLeod in more forensic thrillers with The Special Dead, None but the Dead, Follow the Dead, Sins of the Dead and Time for the Dead.
"Don't be fooled by comparisons, her writing is unique, bringing warmth and depth to even the seediest parts of Glasgow. . . . MacLeod is a complex and compelling heroine who just gets better with every outing." —Stuart MacBride, author, Cold Granite --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B00LB89QU0
- Publisher : Pan; Main Market edition (August 14, 2014)
- Publication date : August 14, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 770 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 433 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,758 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #2,105 in Noir Crime
- #7,340 in Murder
- #18,879 in Police Procedurals (Books)
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It is gruesome, gritty reading at times, full of twists and turns, forensic details, police procedures (or lack of, in some cases), and very complex and (at times) self-destructive personal tendencies of some of our main characters.. The descriptions of the neolithic circles in Scotland and a bit of their historical background was fascinating - a great ‘sense of place’ which I am very interested in. I also liked the cover art.
The forensic skills of Rhona and Chrissy, the police procedures and workings of the squad, the steadiness of DI Bill Wilson - when added together, produce this excellent, suspenseful, interesting Scottish noir.
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Storytelling is excellent, most characters are believable and lifelike, and the atmosphere of Glasgow and several other places within this thriller are all wonderfully pictured by the author.
The main part of this tale is featuring in and around Glasgow, with a few outings towards the Orkneys and surrounding areas.
Forensic scientist, Dr Rhona MacLeod, will excel again in this fascinating thriller, along with her assistant, Chrissy McInsh, not to forget the return of DI Bill Wilson, who will make a sudden appearance after having been on leave, while the psychological part of this murderous thriller is a welcoming task for Dr Magnus Pirie, but the only minus, for me personally at least, is the from DS to DI promoted, Michael Joseph McNab, who's acting as an indestructible and always surviving kind of Clint Eastwood, and that is somewhat of a let-down for me.
It's a thriller where motivated Druidic murders are taking place, and combined with the find of criminal drugs, these crimes are superbly interwoven into one another, to make this a welcome complex thriller.
At first a dead body will be found at a Neolithic stone circle above the city of Glasgow, with the hands being severed and a number five in the mouth as a kind of ritual, and this will be followed to several other murdered young people in various other places, while in the neighbourhood of this first dead body a buried holdall of cocaine is located and that will also play an important part in this thriller.
What will follow is a fast-paced thriller with plenty of action, whether they are murder or drug related, and one that is gloriously structured right from the beginning, and that will end with a very appropriate and fitting conclusion, to make this book an entertaining read.
Highly recommended, for this is another great addition to this excellent series, and that's why I like to call this lethal episode: "Thrilling Deadly Paths"!
I reviewed “The Special Dead” by Lin Anderson last year and I loved it. I recently heard Lin read from “Paths Of The Dead” at an event at my local library, which made me want to read it even more and as soon as possible. I was not disappointed as I loved “Paths Of The Dead” just as much as “The Special Dead”. This book illustrates the dangers of meeting people from the internet, who you don’t really know.
Lin is a fantastic storyteller and writer. She manages to make you feel as though you are right there in the thick of the action. Lin uses powerful descriptive words and it is quite easy to imagine all the action going on in your head.
I really took to the character of Rhona MacLeod. She is dedicated to her work and she has suffered adversity in her life, but she has got back up, dusted herself down and carried on. Rhona seems popular with most of her colleagues. I couldn’t help but like the character of DI McNab as he is a loveable rogue. (An accurate comparison would be DS Robbie Ross from the television series “Taggart”). McNab drinks, he used to smoke and take drugs, he is a womaniser who can’t be in a monogamous relationship. McNab believes that he is good at his job despite the fact that to get a result he often has to go outside the law. There is definitely unresolved sexual tension between DI McNab and Rhona.
I found that reading this book was like being on a roller coaster ride, in that there were lots of twists, turns and stomach churning moments. Lin certainly knows how to ramp up the sense of drama and increase the pressure of a situation. At times I was almost reading on through my fingers as I feared what was going to happen next.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend this series to anybody. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
Multiple crimes are committed across the Scottish Pentangle of ley lines.
You get to enjoy the Scottish landscape, historic sights, the island of Orkney but the charm is offset by horrific murder.
The solution can be found in an online game which draws McNab in deep, so deep I can't say for fear of a spoiler.
Inspector McNab - yes Inspector goes off grid which proves to be very dangerous for him personally.
And the twists and turns to the conclusions - wow lets just says what happens on the hill stays on the hill...
Paths Of The Dead is a page turner with something happening on nearly every page, just don't look too closely for realism or likelihood as it won't happen because it is escapism at its best. I thoroughly enjoyed it despite continually thinking "not very likely".