“We lived in what was known as a whitehouse, about half a mile outside the village of Crobost. It was part of the community they called Ness, on the extreme northern tip of the Isle of Lewis, the most northerly island in the archipelago of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.”
I could go on, quoting a page or two, but you may prefer to buy the book and read it yourself. The Scottish scene is set, and this extract is from the childhood of Fin (Finlay) MacLeod, Detective Inspector from Edinburgh and the main character of the story.
In between the sections about his remote childhood, we get the story of his present life, the bleak marriage with Mona and the hints that something sinister happened to the couple recently.
The plot: Fin is on the case of an Edinburgh murder, but at the beginning of the story someone is killed in Crobost, and as there are many similarities between the two murders, Fin is shipped back home to assist a rather reluctant Detective Chief Inspector Tom Smith.
I bought the book myself, and though I found it slightly lengthy, I enjoyed the setting and the characters, and I will probably buy more books by the writer (when/if I ever need more books).