"Written with brio, Gutted is a rollercoaster ride from riveting start to exhilarating finish."
Ex-journalist, Gus Drury is so down on his luck that he takes a job hunting badger-baiters on Corstorphine Hill at the edge of the city of Edinburgh. He hears a scream. He runs towards it and trips over a body that has been freshly gutted.
The corpse is Tam Fulton, former colleague of one the city’s most dangerous men, Rab Hart and Gus is quickly labelled as suspect number one. Tam was reputed to be carrying fifty thousand pounds, which has gone missing. So not only are plod after Gus, so is Rab Hart.
“Plod” in question is Jonny Johnstone, an up-and-coming Hugo Boss suited detective who happens to be engaged to Gus’ ex-wife, and for reasons completely unrelated to guilt, is determined to lock Gus up for the murder.
The scene is set for a tale involving illegal dog fights, the underbelly of a beautiful city and a corrupt police force. As Gus fights to uncover the truth, the only witness that can testify to his innocence is run down in the street and between them Hart and Johnstone tighten the noose round Gus’ neck.