Lies of the Land by Chris Dolan
This. Has. Got. To. Stop.
Procurator fiscal Maddy Shannon wakes up in her West End Glasgow flat to a hangover and several mysteries, starting with who is the strange man in her bed? After solving the first mystery, Maddy discovers that the manâ€™s boss, a successful defence lawyer, has met a gruesome end in his posh Merchant City office.
With a bad reputation for getting too close to her cases, Maddy tries to stand back from this one. But as the murders continue and Maddy herself receives a disturbing message, she winds up in a race against the measured malevolence of an unknown killer.
Maddyâ€™s unorthodox meetings with Detective Inspector Alan Coulter further complicate an increasingly bloody case whose roots may go years back to one Maddy failed to win.
Chris Dolanâ€™s follow-up to Potterâ€™s Field is at once frightening and funny, earthy and thoughtful. Itâ€™s a love poem to Glasgow, a technicolour rendering of a city whose beauty lies in its contradictions.
Lies Of The Land is utterly engrossing. Maddy is engagingly sexy and beautifully flawed.
Had me hooked right until the end. â€¦Â A humdinger of a story with Glasgow as it’s heart.
Praise for Potterâ€™s Field:
â€œChris Dolan knows about crime â€¦ and his first crime novel, Potterâ€™s Field, is very good indeed.â€ â€” Ian Rankin
â€œChris Dolan has turned his considerable talents to crime. The result is a wickedly good, page-turning classic cut through with literary bite.â€ â€” Louise Welsh
â€œFollowing the tradition of McIlvanney, Dolan draws a hypnotic image of Glasgow as a city haunted by violence, beauty and the weight of its own history. A gorgeous new voice in Tartan Noir.â€ â€” Denise Mina
â€œDolan hits the ground running, a lyrical and literate writer turning blunt and hard-boiled when the occasion demands, and setting up a momentum that carries this thriller through to its final act. … Strong on both character and atmosphere, Potterâ€™s Field casts an intelligent eye over a murky, labyrinthine world whose paths are strewn with red herrings. While it fits comfortably alongside tartan noir, Dolanâ€™s concerns and approach make it distinctively his own.â€
â€” The Herald