The murder/suicide of a prominent Scottish politician and his family brings Edinburgh-based Detective Inspector Tony McLean out to the countryside to investigate. The powers that be want a quick report and then to have the whole thing buried, but McLean believes there's more to the case than meets the eye.
The deeper he digs, the more McLean comes to realize there is a connection between the prominent politician and another case he's working--the body of man, stark naked and covered from head to toe in fresh tattoos, found in a river to the south of Edinburgh. But investigating the link between the two could have detrimental implications for his career, not to mention his life.
As McLean faces the pressure to wrap up the case, he comes face to face with an ancient evil that will put everyone he cares about at risk in Dead Men's Bones, the fourth installment of James Oswald's internationally bestselling series.
About the Author
James Oswald is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the Edinburgh-based Detective Inspector McLean novels, the first two of which were shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger award for best unpublished author, as well as the epic fantasy series The Ballad of Sir Benfro. In his spare time he farms 350 acres in North East Fife, Scotland, where he raised pedigree Highland cattle and New Zealand Romney sheep.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this Book I have just discovered the author will now buy his others thnx a great read
Great book, love this series
"Dead Men's Bones" is the fourth Inspector McLean police procedural. In this book, McLean is working on two cases- one of a man found in a river with his body covered in recently done tattoos, and a murder-suicide of a prominent politician who killed his wife and two daughters before killing himself. Although other are seeking quick closure for the politician, McLean is put on the case to get to the gritty bottom of things and seek out a motive. Furthermore, these two seemingly unrelated cases are quickly linked in terms of the investigation and happenings. Powerful people are trying to prevent anyone from looking into the case too deeply, and this makes the investigation that much more difficult. Overall, I found the book to be really slow. This was the first McLean book I have read, and so maybe I would feel differently if I had read the first three. You did not need prior knowledge to follow this story, and I found that I didn't feel lost during it. However, I didn't get into McLean's story or care too much about the little tidbits of his personal life we glimpsed. In these types of books, I really need to enjoy the main character and care about what he/she cares about (e.g. solving the case) to enjoy the book overall. As such, I found it very tedious and McLean to be a bit of a drag (he's going to PT for his leg but not following any advice/doing himself any favors- other than that and the psychiatrist he sees, there's not much else in the early parts of the book). You may need more insights into him as a person from earlier books in the series to really enjoy his style/life. Regarding the case, it was hard to get into. We already know (the police have video evidence) of the politician killing his daughters and wife. It's pretty open and shut. The question is really just about motive, and I am not sure I understand why that mattered so much that McLean et al would anger everyone else and spend so much money to track it down/see it out. Seems like just solving the random guy washing up with new tattoos would have been the better use of energy and led to the same endpoint. I found it difficult to feel invested in the case as well. In summary, although it was well written, I think you need to know more about McLean from earlier books to really enjoy this one. Otherwise, I found it difficult to care much about the main case (politician) and the inspector. Please note that I received this book through a goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.