James Oswald

No Time to cry

"One of Scotland’s most exciting crime writers introduces a new character and a new series..."


Undercover operations are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong.

Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss, and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He's been executed - a single shot to the head.

In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con's shoulders. She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief ... right until the moment someone also tries to put a bullet through her head.

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One of Scotland's most exciting crime writers introduces a new character and a new series, and it's a far cry from what he's known for - showing off his talent as a truly gifted writer and a master of the genre. I've been a fan of James Oswald since his first DI Tony McLean novel, 'Natural Causes', was launched back in 2012. A blistering series blending hard-boiled crime with a hint of supernatural. The series has grown in strength with each novel and now we have another series to enjoy. Meet DC Constance Fairchild. A titled lady from a well to do background who has shunned the aristocratic background to forge a career in the Metropolitan Police. She's determined, intelligent and is not afraid to take risks. Knowing Oswald's work, nothing is as simple with his new gutsy female protagonist. Written in the first person so we get all of Con's angst and emotional stresses, she is also having conversations with her dead boss. In a lesser writer's hands this could have been embarrassing and sloppy writing, but Oswald knows how to create characters and build them with layers. Con talking to her murdered boss seems perfectly natural. There is a neat nod to the Tony McLean series as a regular character pops up (fingers crossed for a Tony and Con cross over one day). As the plot thickens and the story takes on a disturbing and dangerous turn, the tension mounts and you won't be able to turn the pages fast enough. This is a terrific start to a new series. Con Fairchild is a complex character. Only one book in and I already love her.

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