"An intense, taut crime story with a caustic PI. Not to be missed by fans of straight-up hardboiled noir." - RT Book Reviews
In Russel D. McLean's The Lost Sister, a teenage girl is missing. Her godfather is a known criminal and her mother is hiding a dark secret. For Private Investigator J. McNee, what starts as a favor for a friend soon becomes a nightmare as he races to find the girl before it's too late.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Series:||J. McNee Series , #2|
|File size:||285 KB|
About the Author
RUSSEL MCLEAN writes for Crime Spree Magazine, The Big Thrill, At Central Booking and Crime Scene Scotland. His short fiction has been published in crime magazines in both the US and the UK. He lives in Dundee, Scotland.
Russel McLean writes for Crime Spree Magazine, The Big Thrill, At Central Booking and Crime Scene Scotland. His short fiction has been published in crime magazines in both the US and the UK. He is the author of The Good Son and The Lost Sister. He lives in Dundee, Scotland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Welcome to Dundee, Scotland, where past actions affect the lives of today. Where a teenage girl goes missing and a private investigator is reluctantly drawn into the case. Where lies and secrets abound and personalities clash. This the second book by McLean, who has written numerous shorts stories for magazines in both America and Great Britain. Private investigator J. McNee deals with each case on a personal level, maybe too much. He is dealing with an incident the previous year where he was manipulated into exposing his dark side and killing another man. Mary Furst, a teenager, is missing and McNee can't help but be more than a police observer and advisor. Suspects include a crime lord McNee hates, an ex boyfriend, and Mary's art teacher, Deborah. Enter Wickes, who claims to be an investigator from Glasgow. He tells McNee a story concerning Deborah, their relationship, and the fact Mary is actually Deborah's mother, given up through a surrogacy arrangement. However, McNee soon discovers Wickes has a violent side and may not be telling the truth. That truth, however, is complex and McNee finds himself struggling with finding Mary while battling internal demons threatening to rise again. This is a fast-paced story spanning all of three days. It is character driven with nearly every character having troubled pasts. McNee has relationship problems with many of his 'friends.' If McLean plans for future McNee books, he has a lot of room for more character development. Keep an eye for more good stuff from this acclaimed author. Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, author of "Beta" for Suspense Magazine
In Dundee, Scotland, fourteen year old Mary Furst vanishes. The family believes time is short as Mary is a great student and promising artist who would never have just run away. Not expecting the overworked police to rescue the teen alive, former Dundee cop turned private investigator J. McNee is hired to find and save the child. He agrees with the assessment that the child was snatched takes on the case; he barely conceals his ire and if he can get his hands on the culprit with no cops around the predator will regret abducting a kid. McNee is not hampered by the restrictions placed on the cops as he follows leads. He wonders if Mary's criminal Godfather is the cause as an enemy could be behind the abduction. He finds that the child's mom is uncooperative so he bullies her trying to get her to tell him what she fearfully but obviously hides. Ignoring legal boundaries while working closely with Constable Susan Bright, McNee fears time has run out on Mary who he thinks is probably dead. The second McNee raging out of control investigation is a super thriller as the hero's anger management issues remain a critical part of him, but provides insight into the causes of his emotional problems; something the exciting The Good Son lacked. Ironically the story line is fast-paced from the moment McNee does the favor, but in the protagonist's mind his pace is too slow. Readers will appreciate the traumatized hero who is apt to lead with his fists and ask questions later. Harriet Klausner