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September 2010 Indie Next List
“Life in a Scottish village circa 1950 seems bucolic on the surface. But scratch a little beneath and the scene is not so pretty. McAllister has left the big city to be editor in chief of a small rag, trying to change it into a paper that delivers relevant, hard hitting news. The death of a small child shocks the townsfolk. Conveniently enough a Polish sailor has jumped ship in the harbor, he must have done the dirty deed. It couldn't be one of the locals. Or could it? This is a great new series! The characters are engrossing and likeable. I hope A. D. Scott keeps writing, I would enjoy visiting them again.”
— Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR
Both probing character study and a driving novel of suspense, here is a novel that will linger in your mind like mist over the Scottish Glens.
In the Highlands of 1950s Scotland, a boy is found dead in a canal lock. Two young girls tell such a fanciful story of his disappearance that no one believes them. The local newspaper staff--including Joanne Ross, the part-time typist embroiled in an abusive marriage, and her boss, a seasoned journalist determined to revamp the paper--set out to uncover and investigate the crime.
Suspicion falls on several townspeople, all of whom profess their innocence. Alongside these characters are the people of the town and neighboring glens; a refugee Polish sailor; an Italian family whose cafe boasts the first known cappuccino machine in the north of Scotland; and a corrupt town clerk subverting the planning laws to line his own pocket.
Together, these very different Scots harbor deep and troubling secrets underneath their polished and respectable veneers--revelations that may prevent the crime from being solved and may keep the town firmly in the clutches of its shadowy past.