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The disappearance of a third young woman, Shelley Craig, puts Glasgow on the verge of a media-fueled panic and Waddell under increasing pressure to find the three women and bring to justice the person responsible for the series of abductions, both from the Glasgow press and his superior, Detective Chief Inspector Galbraith. The investigation soon draws Waddell into an intricate web of depravity as he uncovers evidence that kinky sex, swingers clubs, and human trafficking, are all involved in the disappearances of the three victims. No sooner than Waddell painstakingly identifies a possible suspect in the abductions, than the suspect turns up as a crime victim too, of murder.
Thomson, winner of the Scottish Association of Writers' Pitlochry Quiach Award, masterfully paints Waddell as an empathetic hero and sprinkles the story with a lively cast of supporting characters who help bring the story alive. When the shocking identities and crimes of the suspects involved are revealed, readers will feel as chilled as a bitterly cold and wet Glasgow wintry day.
Vile City was one of the best, most entertaining thrillers I've read in years. I was thoroughly impressed by Thomson's distinctive and appealing direct writing style, reminiscent of that of another fine Scottish author, Ann Cleeves. It's realistic, simple and precise prose, stripped of all unnecessary words. Vile City is a novel with a dark and morally complex mood exemplified by the seemingly conscious inclusion of a critical perspective on present-day Scottish urban society. I unreservedly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys a good crime thriller. You won't be disappointed. I personally am definitely keen to read the next installment in the series.
There is a lot going on in this book and at times I did lose the thread a little. There are many steps in the plot and some aspects felt they were there only to move the story along. For example, Shelley Craig’s kidnap felt the first stepping stone albeit a rather large one. Once this aspect of the case had been investigated, it wasn’t really mentioned or referred to again. I don’t want to drop any spoilers here but I’m still not sure what the outcome was with the other two kidnapped woman. Maybe all will become clear in the second book.
Would I recommend this book? I would. I really enjoyed Thomson’s investigative team, led by Waddell and featuring the ever so slightly annoying, McKeith. I would be quite happy for Waddell to keep sleuthing alongside McKeith rather than bringing a conscious Stevie Campbell to the story, as they make an interesting pair and one I really warmed to (even though they didn’t really warm to each other!). I also liked how wonderfully Scottish this novel is. Great story but I did feel a little dizzy in places.
Four out of five stars.
I chose to read and review Vile City. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.