They see everything. They hear everything. They know everything.
When a young police officer, Derek Sullivan, goes missing, the detective investigating his disappearance turns to criminologist Anna Scavolini – Derek’s one-time university lecturer – for help. Haunted by the belief that she failed in her duty of care towards her former student, Anna finds herself drawn increasingly deeper into the investigation.
Meanwhile, Zoe Callahan – once Anna’s best friend, now unhappily estranged – becomes preoccupied with unsettling rumours involving her old school. Uncovering a trail of evidence implicating the most powerful men in Scottish society in a scandal stretching back decades, she soon attracts the attention of sinister forces who don’t look kindly on those who disturb the past…
A missing police officer, a highly coveted list of names, a fatal car crash on a rainswept night – what connects these seemingly unrelated threads? And who are the mysterious Shadow Men, whose very name strikes terror into the hearts of everyone who hears it?
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
The third book in the Anna Scavolini series takes Anna into a hidden criminal world that preys on the most vulnerable. This book explores institutional abuse and is disturbing reading. This story’s menacing ethos intensifies as powerful men fight the investigation into their activities. Believable characters make this story authentic, poignant and relevant. The plot draws all its elements together to create an impactful ending.
Complex protagonists, evil antagonists and a relentless investigation make this a compelling read.
M.R. Mackenzie was born and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Glasgow University and has an MA in English and a PhD in Film Studies. In 2019, his first novel, In the Silence, was shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year and longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize. His third novel, The Library Murders, was featured in Crime Time’s Best of the Year 2020 list.