Detectives Max Craigie and Janie Calder are teamed up to investigate a missing person report. It's a delicate situation as the missing man is Tam Hardie, the now elderly but dangerous head of an organized crime network in Scotland.
Tam Hardie is off in a remote area of Scotland looking for a particular grave in what seems to be a genealogical pursuit. The grave has a headstone reading This Grave Can Never Be Opened so I was curious about that right away. There is something hidden in there or perhaps it a plague grave from centuries back.
Once Hardie disappears and the detectives are called in you get a glimpse of the seedy and violent underbelly of the Hardie empire.
This police procedural has everything going for it with likeable main characters and lots of intrigue. The desciptions of Scotland immerse you into the scene and the detective work keeps you turning the pages.
This story had me instantly hooked and I look forward to many more books in this series about DS Max Cragie and DC Janie Calder by Neil Lancaster.
Publication date July 16, 2021 by St. Martin's Press. Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and General Fiction.
Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced reader's copy of this book. I was not compensated for the review, all opinions are mine.
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