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Book 1 in the DI Westphall series

‘Richly atmospheric . . . Lindsay solidifies his place as one of the rising stars of tartan noir’ Publishers Weekly

A dead man walks into a police station. He tells a tale – bizarre as it is grotesque – of kidnap and organ harvesting. John Baden’s story of being held prisoner for twelve years sounds far-fetched – but it’s all about to get much, much stranger.

DI Ben Westphall has been given the case because of his background in MI6. He also has a knack for getting inside people’s heads and seeing things others would miss. Westphall is no ordinary detective and this is no ordinary case.

When his suspects start dying, Westphall realises someone is killing to cover up the truth. But what exactly is the truth? To find out, he’ll have to question everything he’s been told, before there’s no one left to ask.

(P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critics Review

  • Douglas Lindsay is an underrated writer with an eccentric, blisteringly satirical voice . . . enjoyably bizarre. I loved it

    Sunday Express
  • Richly atmospheric . . . Lindsay solidifies his place as one of the rising stars of tartan noir

    Publishers Weekly
  • A darkly atmospheric thriller with a labyrinthine plot with more twists than a Grand Prix track.

    Michael Wood, author of the DCI Matilda Darke series
  • A really addictive plot, and so atmospheric. Clever and unexpected

    S D Sykes, author of the Oswald de Lacy series
  • A Tartan Noir tour de force. Lindsay writes with an economy and skill all too rare in modern fiction . . . Brilliant

    Tony Black, author of the DI Bob Valentine series
  • As a hero, Westphall has a lot to offer and Song of the Dead is a sufficiently complex and gripping introductory case . . . all the indications are for a bright fictional future

    Shots Magazine

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