Neil Broadfoot

No Man’s Land

"No Man’s Land’ is a dark, intelligent thriller..."


War is coming to No-Man's Land, and Connor Fraser will be ready.

A mutilated body is found dumped at Cowane's Hospital in the heart of historic Stirling. For DCI Malcolm Ford it's like nothing he's ever seen before, the savagery of the crime makes him want to catch the murderer before he strikes again. For reporter Donna Blake it's a shot at the big time, a chance to get her career back on track and prove all the doubters wrong. But for close protection specialist Connor Fraser it's merely a grisly distraction from the day job.

But then another bloodied and broken corpse is found, this time in the shadow of the Wallace Monument - and with it, a message. One Connor has received before, during his time as a police officer in Belfast.

With Ford facing mounting political and public pressure to make an arrest and quell fears the murders are somehow connected to heightened post-Brexit tensions, Connor is drawn into a race against time to stop another murder. But to do so, he must question old loyalties, confront his past and unravel a mystery that some would sacrifice anything - and anyone - to protect.

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Neil Broadfoot begins a new series set in and around Stirling and he hits the ground running with 'No Man's Land'. It's a well-conceived multi-layered story mixing historical political unrest in Northern Ireland with present day issues. I am a big fan of Broadfoot's style of writing. He has a unique skill that draws you into the action from the first page. His sense of place and atmosphere is second to none. If you've never visited Stirling, you'll feel like it's your second home as his smooth narrative comes to life. 'No Man's Land' is a dark, intelligent thriller, with heart-pounding scares and peopled with genuine characters. Lead character, Connor Fraser, is a former police officer in Northern Ireland, now working in security in Stirling. He is richly written with a dark past making him dangerously likeable. This is the kind of protagonist who, in a few books time, will be talked about in the same breath as Jack Reacher. If you didn't read Neil Brodfoot's Doug McGregor series (you're in for a real treat), then discover Broadfoot here. His flair for dialogue and expert prose make him one of the classic Scottish novelists in the making. If there was ever a writer to steal Ian Rankin's crown as King of Scottish crime fiction, Neil Broadfoot is it.

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