The Devil Lives in Glasgow by Gilles Bornais

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Winner of the prestigious Black Claw Award for mystery, The Devil Lives in Glasgow is equal to Caleb Carr's best. Bornais takes his reader back to Victorian England when the Scottish highlands were terrorized by a series of gruesome murders. His unlikely hero is Joe Hackney, a disabled, small-time crook with connections that he manipulates into a job with Scotland Yard. To both Hackney's surprise and dismay, the Yard sends him to Glasgow to wrap up the case of a businessman whose murder looks like a simple burglary gone bad. To make matters worse, Hackney's assignment proves to be anything but simple. The reluctant investigator turns into a first-class detective as he slowly exposes a string of similar crimes. These killings are clearly linked by a single thread - a man named Hogg. But the mystery for Hackney, and for the reader, is how this same Hogg could commit crimes that occurred nearly 60 years apart. Bornais' book rivals The Alientist for a story rich with intrigue and suspense as well as with the details of its period. The Devil Lives in Glasgow does not evoke the porcelain of an afternoon tea but the gutters and misery of the working masses of Victorian Scotland. It is a classic example of the "black novel" whose hero tells a story that is as diabolical as it is enthralling.
 

About Gilles Bornais

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Gilles Bornais is a journalist and the author of several popular mysteries. His other books include Franconville Building 8 and The Canary of Mr. Crapelet. A reporter for The Republican Echo, the author makes his home in a suburb of Paris.
 
Published August 1, 2004 by Carnot Pr. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bornais’s first English translation, winner of France’s Black Claw Award, sends a newly promoted London detective to Glasgow to investigate a series of murders reaching back over 50 years to 1832.

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Hackney's pursuit of the truth is hampered by subpar police work by the local, possibly corrupt, members of the force, but his efforts lead to his uncovering even more crimes that fit the pattern.

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