Max, Janie and Ross return in the second gripping novel in this explosive Scottish crime series.

You get away with murder.
In a remote sea loch on the west coast of Scotland, a fisherman disappears without trace. His remains are never found.

You make people disappear.
A young man jumps from a bridge in Glasgow and falls to his death in the water below. DS Max Craigie uncovers evidence that links both victims. But if he can’t find out what cost them their lives, it won’t be long before more bodies turn up at the morgue…

You come back for revenge.
Soon cracks start to appear in the investigation, and Max’s past hurtles back to haunt him. When his loved ones are threatened, he faces a terrifying choice: let the only man he ever feared walk free, or watch his closest friend die…

My Review

Just when you thought it couldn’t get more exciting, The Blood Tide comes along. I read and loved the first in the series Dead Man’s Grave, but this was even better.

DS Max Craigie is back with Janie and Ross, plus his wife Katie and his loveable dog Nutmeg. Who doesn’t adore Nutmeg. Unfortunately (or is it fortunate as it makes the story more exciting) we also see the return of his arch enemy, but you’ll have to read the book to find out who it is. There are also lots more villains, some of whom are very entertaining, downright scary and certainly evil.

Drugs and murder, power and revenge, bent coppers, they are all here. The book moves at a cracking pace with a real shock in the middle as the power shifts. One begins to wonder if everyone is corrupt and can be bought – Max and Nutmeg excepted!

We also have two fab new-ish characters – civilian intelligence agent Norma Kirk, with her big glasses and biting wit – I keep seeing her as Janine in Ghostbusters – (‘Ghostbusters – whaddaya want’ or ‘we got one’ or in this case ‘Max you old bastard’) and surveillance officer Barney who knows more about IT than the Microsoft help desk.

In my TV series Max would be played by Richard Madden (a bit young maybe?), or even Gerard Butler (though he might be better as the main villain), minus the shaved head, the pork scratchings and his wife calling him ‘babe’. Mark Benton as Ross (though I can’t see him doing all that swearing) and Vicky McClure as Janie. How good would that be? And my second cousin’s dog Woody is a dead ringer for Nutmeg. I’ll tell her to get him an agent.

Such a good read with so many twists that I could hardly keep up. I’m worn out thinking about it.

Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, the author and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.

About the Author

Neil was born in Liverpool in the 1960s. He recently left the Metropolitan Police where he served for over twenty-five years, predominantly as a detective, leading and conducting investigations into some of the most serious criminals across the UK and beyond.

Neil acted as a surveillance and covert policing specialist, using all types of techniques to arrest and prosecute drug dealers, human traffickers, fraudsters, and murderers. During his career, he successfully prosecuted several wealthy and corrupt members of the legal profession who were involved in organised immigration crime. These prosecutions led to jail sentences, multi-million pound asset confiscations and disbarments.

Since retiring from the Metropolitan Police, Neil has relocated to the Scottish Highlands with his wife and son, where he mixes freelance investigations with writing. 

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