Winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2012
Shortlisted for the CWA 2011 Gold Dagger
When notorious millionaire banker Lars Anderson hangs himself from the old oak tree in front of his Kent mansion his death attracts no sympathy. But the legacy of a lifetime of self-serving is widespread, the carnage most acute amongst those he ought to be protecting: his family. Meanwhile, in a wealthy suburb of Glasgow, a young woman is found savagely murdered in her home. The genteel community is stunned by what appears a vicious, random attack. When DS Alex Morrow is called in to investigate, she soon discovers that behind the murder lurks a tangled web of lies. A web that will spiral through the local community, through Scotland and ultimately right back to a swinging rope hundreds of miles away.
Weird characters, punchy dialogue, a satisfying plot and the inimitable Morrow cutting anyone who crosses her down to size: what more could you want? The Guardian