The Blood of Crows by Caro Ramsay

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...Ramsay is now four books into a series that excels in sense of place, realism, plotting and caustic humour. Bleak, black and brilliant.
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"The Blood of Crows" is the fourth instalment in Caro Ramsay's epic Anderson and Costello series. For one Scottish cop the beat is about to get dark and very bloody...DI Colin Anderson is having a bad week. His conviction of paedophile Skelpie Fairbairn is declared unsafe - putting Fairbairn back on Glasgow's streets and leaving Anderson under investigation. Add to this a gangster torched alive, a teenage boy tortured then dropped off a bridge and the suicide of a cop who worked an unsolved child kidnapping way back in 1996 and Anderson's got his hands full. Then one night, a young girl is tied to the river bank and left for the tide. Anderson gets there, but she dies in his arms. Working round the clock his team discover these strange crimes are linked to an elusive criminal mastermind known as The Puppeteer. But unable to find him, unable to stop the murders, Anderson is forced to follow the only lead he has - Skelpie Fairbairn...But which is worse - The devil you don't know, or the one you do...? Caro Ramsay's Anderson & Costello thrillers have been widely recognised as one of the most significant new series in the genre in recent years and Ramsay's utterly unique investigators are ready to become the nation's favourite Scottish cop duo. "Absolution" is the amazing opening to this stunning series. Subsequent titles include "Dark Water" and "Singing to the Dead". Fans of Ian Rankin and Val McDermid will love this series. Praise for Caro Ramsay: "Brilliant in twisting the tension tauter with each page". ("Guardian"). "Ramsay handles her characters with aplomb, the dialogue crackles and the search for the killer has surprising twists and turns". ("Observer"). "Many shivers in store for readers, followed by a shattering climax". ("The Times"). Caro Ramsay was born in Glasgow and now lives in a village on the west coast of Scotland. "Absolution" is her first novel, which was shortlisted for the CWA's New Blood Dagger for best debut of the year. This success was followed by two further DI Anderson and DS Costello novels, "Singing to the Dead" and "Dark Water". The fourth book in the same series, "The Blood of Crows", is also released this summer.
 

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Caro Ramsay was born in Glasgow and now lives in a village on the west coast of Scotland. This is her fourth DI Anderson and DS Costello novel, following the critically acclaimed Absolution, Singing to the Dead and Dark Water.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Penguin Export. 496 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Cathi Unsworth on Sep 11 2012

...Ramsay is now four books into a series that excels in sense of place, realism, plotting and caustic humour. Bleak, black and brilliant.

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