This Scottish thriller is the first in the Rhona MacLeod series.
Forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod visits a crime scene where a handsome young rentboy has been brutally killed. Afterwards she cannot just put the case aside:
“The boy who had been abused and strangled in that hideous little room looked so like her, he could have been her brother.”
Like many other ebooks, this one was not exactly perfectly edited, yet it was an exciting story about middle-aged men who prey on young boys, handsome and vulnerable teenagers who could have been their own sons.
Rhona and her assistant Christy both get far too involved in this case. Besides Rhona fears that her lover, the gentle Irish musician Sean is slipping away from her – or is it the other way round? No matter what, the tough Glasgow woman is an intriguing protagonist, and my attention was caught from the first page.
A dark and bleak mystery of the very best Scottish tradition, and in some ways it reminded me of Denise Mina´s Garnethill trilogy. I bought the ebook myself, and I am happy that I grabbed volume two and three as well. (Via Smashwords you can get them almost for free).