Cold as the Grave

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What to expect

The ninth book in the Sunday Times-bestselling phenomenon that is the Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland’s most celebrated crime writers.

Her lifeless body is hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. A room which feels as cold as the grave.

As a rowdy demonstration makes its slow and vocal way along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Detective Chief Inspector Tony McLean’s team are on stand-by for any trouble. The newly promoted McLean is distracted, inexplicably drawn to a dead-end mews street… and a door, slightly ajar, which leads to this poor girl’s final resting place.

But how long has she been there, in her sleep of death? The answers are far from what McLean or anyone else could expect. The truth far more chilling than a simple cold case…

The unmissable new thriller in James Oswald’s best-selling Inspector McLean series.

Praise for James Oswald:

‘The new Ian RankinDaily Record

Creepy, gritty and gruesomeSunday Mirror

‘Crime fiction’s next big thingSunday Telegraph

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Critics Review

  • Crime fiction’s next big thing

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Oswald’s writing is in a class above most

    Daily Express
  • Creepy, gritty and gruesome

    Sunday Mirror
  • The new Ian Rankin

    Daily Record
  • Hugely enjoyable

  • Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers

    Daily Mail

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