Author: James Oswald, 2013.
Genre: Police Procedural. Serial Killer. Crime Thriller. Occult.
Other Details: Paperback. 440 pages.
Every year for ten years, a young woman's body was found in Edinburgh at Christmas time: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. ... The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean's fiancée. But the Christmas Killer made a mistake. In a cellar under a shop, McLean found a torture chamber and put an end to the brutal killing spree.
Twelve years later, and a fellow prisoner has just murdered the incarcerated Christmas Killer. But with the arrival of the festive season comes a body. A young woman: naked, washed, her throat cut. Is this a copycat killer? Was the wrong man behind bars all this time? Or is there a more sinister, frightening explanation? McLean must revisit the most disturbing case of his life and discover what he missed before the killer strikes again . . . - synopsis from UK publisher's website.
Another strong outing for Inspector McLean. The supernatural elements were not quite as obvious as in the first yet still present. The old case sheds light on a personal tragedy for McLean, which explains why despite his relative youth and good looks he is so wary of personal relationships.
I am a little surprised that Oswald is being hailed as the 'new Ian Rankin' given the occult aspects of the plots to date. Still the stories are set in Scotland and are very gritty, which may account for the comparison. I found this very hard to put down and have pre-ordered Book 3 due out later this month.