The Hangman’s Song opening lines: The important thing is to get the drop right. Nothing else matters, really.’
Inspector McLean is faced with a tough situation. He has been given too many tasks by his new boss to focus properly on any one of them and he is in charge of people who would rather not do their work. A series of apparent suicides that are probably homicides is one of his cases. He is also investigating the beating up of a local prostitute, as well as dealing with some personal issues with his girlfriend who is recovering from a coma.
The Hangman’s Song
The Hangman’s Song is the thrilling third novel in James Oswald’s Inspector McLean series set in Edinburgh. A young man is found hanging by a rope in his Edinburgh home.
A simple, sad suicide, yet Detective Inspector Tony McLean is puzzled by the curious suicide note. A second hanged man and another strange note hint at a sinister pattern. Investigating a brutal prostitution and human trafficking ring, McLean struggles to find time to link the two suicides. But the discovery of a third convinces him of malicious intent. Digging deeper, McLean finds answers much closer to home than he expects. Something terrifying stalks the city streets, and bringing it to justice may destroy all he holds dear.
Despite not having read the book that led up to why Emma is in a coma, and why Tony is being split between too many tasks, this was a great read. I could not put the book down and even though I had an idea of how the suicides were coming about it did not detract from me wanting to get to the end of the book. Set in Edinburgh, a city I have visited, this book is one I can highly recommend.
Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.
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15 thoughts on “The Hangman’s Song, James Oswald”
Ooh what great timing! I was just saying to hubby that I felt like curling up with a thriller and here you go Tandy! 😀
Enjoy it Lorraine 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve read a crime fiction novel. It certainly sounds like a fun and quick read on a summers day while on vacation or on the weekend. Thank you for the recommendation.
Thank for the visit Laila 🙂
I am a big fan of mysteries like this, thanks for the review 😀
I will try to find it!
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Enjoy it Uru!
Have not heard of the author or series, looks very good. Will pick up a copy Tandy, thanks!
My pleasure Cheri 🙂
I love recommendations of good books. I’ve never read one by Oswald, but will keep my eyes open. 🙂
Hope you enjoy it Krista 🙂
The book certainly has an opening line that draws you in. A great recommendation for any book is that you couldn’t put it down xx
These types of books are few and far between sadly!