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by Russel D. McLean

  • ISBN: 0312576684
  • Author: Russel D. McLean
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  • Rating: 4.7 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (December 8, 2009)
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  • Category: Mystery
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THE GOOD SON is the most exciting, and gripping, Scottish crime fiction debut of recent years. Stylish and atmospheric, it marks the arrival of a exceptional talent

THE GOOD SON is the most exciting, and gripping, Scottish crime fiction debut of recent years. Stylish and atmospheric, it marks the arrival of a exceptional talent. John Connolly"McLean has all the merits of this brilliant writer with the added bonus of a Scottish sense of wit that is like no other. Ken Bruen"Scottish crime fiction is entering a new era and Russel McLean is at the vanguard. The Good Son is very good indeed.

With The Good Son, Russel D McLean pulls off that rare feat - a PI Novel set in the UK that actually works. Dundee is a suitably gritty and desperate backdrop for a cast of superbly drawn characters, and the story rattles along at a cracking pace. One person found this helpful.

McNee Mysteries by Russel D. McLean. The good son. The lost sister. Mothers of the disappeared.

This is a very dark, moody book that is redeemed more by the atmosphere that the author creates than by the protagonist who inhabits i. .McLean holds the reader's interest by seeding the plot with new revelations, overturning what first seemed an obvious interpretation of events. He does this right up to the final chapter of this convoluted thriller. By the end, McNee has not only uncovered the truth about Daniel Robertson, but a truth about himself.

Russel D McLean is the author of several crime novels, including the J McNee series, and the dark comedy, Ed's Dead. Born in Fife, he studied philosophy at the University of Dundee before falling into the disreputable world of the book trade, spending over a decade as a bookseller before leaving to concentrate on his writing.

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Books Mystery Books Russel McLean has put together a nasty tale of a family that fell apart years earlier, the aftermath of that, and the troubled PI who tries to figure where.

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Books Mystery Books. ISBN13: 9781905512560. (Book in the J. McNee Series). An excellent debut novel from Russel D. McLean, "The Good Son" is a fun slice of Scottish noir. It is reminiscent of the classic PI novels written by Mickey Spillane and Ellery Queen. The Good Son" is classic who dunnit. Russel McLean has put together a nasty tale of a family that fell apart years earlier, the aftermath of that, and the troubled PI who tries to figure where all the pieces go. If I'm not mistaken, this book is also the first Scottish PI novel ever. Willing to be corrected.

THE GOOD SON is the most exciting, and gripping, Scottish crime fiction debut of.But McNee is about to uncover the disturbing truth behind the death

THE GOOD SON is the most exciting, and gripping, Scottish crime fiction debut of recent years. Scottish crime fiction is entering a new era and Russel McLean is at the vanguard. But McNee is about to uncover the disturbing truth behind the death. With a pair of vicious London thugs on the move in the Scottish countryside, it's only a matter of time before people start dying.

Russel D. McLean is the author of three previous novels featuring Dundonian private investigator J McNee, the first of which, The Good Son, was shortlisted for the Shamus Best First PI novel of 2009 by the Private Eye Writers of America

Russel D. McLean is the author of three previous novels featuring Dundonian private investigator J McNee, the first of which, The Good Son, was shortlisted for the Shamus Best First PI novel of 2009 by the Private Eye Writers of America. Originally from Fife in Scotland, he currently divides his time between Dundee and Glasgow. Country of Publication.

Russel D McLean's writing style is focussed and efficient, and the plot moves along at a cracking pace with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing to the very end. His main character, McNee, is believably, sometimes almost irritatingly, dysfunctional, and the minor characters ar. His main character, McNee, is believably, sometimes almost irritatingly, dysfunctional, and the minor characters are sufficiently well drawn to play their parts in the book convincingly. The dialogue is what might be described as "gritty", and probably very true to the lives its characters are leading.

I’d slept for a while in the car, coming awake cold and tired. My skin was tender where it had bruised, and my mouth felt dry. But I was alive. I left the car on the street, made sure no-one was watching when I walked up the drive. I took the keys from my pocket. I’d taken Susan’s spares earlier, knowing I’d be coming here sooner or later.

"THE GOOD SON is the most exciting, and gripping, Scottish crime fiction debut of recent years. Stylish and atmospheric, it marks the arrival of a exceptional talent." --John Connolly

"McLean has all the merits of this brilliant writer [Jean-Patrick Manchette] with the added bonus of a Scottish sense of wit that is like no other." --Ken Bruen

"Scottish crime fiction is entering a new era and Russel McLean is at the vanguard. A thrilling new writer, a brilliant debut...The Good Son is very good indeed." --Tony Black

Recipient of widespread praise for his award-winning crime short stories, Russel McLean's full-length debut has been characterized by key crime authors and critics alike as the emergence of a major talent.

There is something rotten behind the apparent sucide of Daniel Robertson and it's about to come bursting into the life of J. McNee, a Scottish private investigator with a near-crushing level of personal baggage. James Robertson, a local farmer, finds his estranged brother's corpse hanging from a tree. The police claim suicide. But McNee is about to uncover the disturbing truth behind the death. With a pair of vicious London thugs on the move in the Scottish countryside, it's only a matter of time before people start dying. As the body count rises, McNee finds himself on a collision course with his own demons and an increasing array of brutal killers in a violent, bloody showdown that threatens to leave none involved alive. Plumbing the depths of love, loss, betrayal, and one broken man's attempt to come to terms with his past, The Good Son successfully blends the classic style of the gumshoe era with the outer edges of modern noir.

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Dagdage
poorly written, disjointed, weak narrative and very contrived plot
Jeb
"I've already shot a man this evening, so what's the difference now? Like smoking, it gets easier after the first one, right?" - J. McNee

Dundee, Scotland based J. McNee (full first name never given) is not at a good place in his life when we meet him in author Russel D. McLean's debut novel, The Good Son. Formerly on the Dundee police force, McNee was forced into early retirement following a car crash that killed his fiancée and left him physically disabled and psychologically crippled.

Now working as a private investigator, McNee receives a visit from local farmer James Robertson whose estranged brother, Daniel, was found hanging from a tree on the family's farm. Though the police have it down as suicide, James is convinced his brother did not kill himself and hires McNee to investigate what Daniel had been up to during the 30 years since James last saw him.

In addition to putting him at odds with his former colleagues on the police force, McNee's investigation opens up a Pandora's box of local thugs, London gangsters and a mysterious woman with connections to both, as a visit to London reveals that Daniel had been working for one of that city's most notorious gangsters, Gordon Egg.

Not pleased with either Daniel's unexplained disappearance from London, with a substantial sum of Egg's money, or McNee's visit inquiring about him, Egg sends two of his thugs to Dundee to get to the bottom of things. And that's when things go seriously sideways, as Egg's thugs, Ayer and Liman, cut a bloody path through Dundee in their efforts to retrieve the missing money.

Convinced that James Robertson knows where the money is, and that he told McNee, Ayer and Liman pay a visit to McNee's office that results in him being beaten and his office assistant shot. Already burdened with almost incapacitating guilt over his fiancée's death, the shooting of his friend pushes McNee over the edge, to the point he's determined to stop Ayer and Liman no matter the cost... and McNee is willing to pay quite a high price.

In McNee, author McLean has done a spectacular job of portraying a man in the seemingly contradictory position of being incapacitated by apathy for his own life, yet driven by guilt over the loss of his fiancée's. The blunt, edgy dialogue and outbursts of pull no punches violence in The Good Son bring to mind the hard-boiled writing of the legendary Ken Bruen, and I believe it's a well-deserved comparison. But make no mistake about it, McLean has demonstrated with his debut offering that he has a fresh, unique voice all his own. The Good Son is very, very good indeed.
Dandr
James Robertson begs Private Inspector McNee of Dundee, Scotland to learn why his brother Daniel would hang himself. (Perhaps suicide is in their genes because their father also committed suicide.) The police believe it is an ordinary suicide. McNee thinks otherwise, especially when Daniel's girlfriend is found bludgeoned to death and some thugs from the nightclub where Daniel worked begin bullying and shooting anyone who knew him. The Robertson brothers shared dark secrets and McNee must learn what they were before more people die.

An excellent debut novel from Russel D. McLean, "The Good Son" is a fun slice of Scottish noir. It is reminiscent of the classic PI novels written by Mickey Spillane and Ellery Queen. "The Good Son" is classic who dunnit. Did Daniel Robertson hang himself or did someone want to make his murder look like a suicide? The ending was rather shocking and morally twisted. The resolution disturbed me as much as it did McNee.

The central theme for "The Good Son" is guilt and how it affects our actions. From the title, the reader knows that family plays a significant role in the novel`s plot. McNee feels a tremendous amount of guilt over his wife's accidental death. He was arguing with her seconds before their car was forced off the road by an unknown driver. He feels guilt whenever someone close to him is wounded or killed during the course of his investigation into Daniel's suspicious suicide. The Robertson brothers felt tremendous guilt, especially Daniel for disappointing his family. He was not the good son that his father wanted him to be.

McNee is the type of person who irritates me. He keeps all of his emotions buried deep inside him, allowing them to gnaw at his conscious. He can never give straightforward answers about his feelings; he is purposely deceitful. It is no wonder that his associates can't understand how his deceased wife, Elaine, was able to tolerate him. It is no wonder that he fought his superiors in the police force and had to go into business for himself as a PI. He has a lone wolf mentality.

Fortunately for McNee, he is surrounded by likeable people who give him support. Rachel, Elaine's sister, keeps insisting that he forgive himself and rejoin her family. Susan Bright, a former coworker at the police department, keeps him updated on the investigation into Daniel's suicide and provides him with emotional support. Bill is McNee's faithful, conscientious administrative assistant. Naturally, McNee has a nemesis in the form of his former boss, Detective Inspector George Lindsay. McNee must also contend indirectly with George Egg, the gangster who owns the night club where Daniel worked.

The setting for "The Good Son" is very quaint and picturesque. Most of the action takes place in the small rural communities in and around Dundee, Scotland. The descriptions of pubs, moors, meadows and cemeteries are appealing. The setting contrasts sharply with the senseless bloodshed that ensues.

"The Good Son" is a highly recommended crime thriller. The plot moves at a quick pace that is spurred on by ruthless thugs that increase the body count. As I said earlier, the ending is rather shocking. I look forward to reading more crime novels from Russel D. McLean. I also hope that we haven't seen the last of the haunted PI McNee. In future novels, I would like to see him grow closer to his dead wife's family and to learn who was driving the car that caused her to wreck. I would also like to see him develop a more intimate, more romantic relationship with Susan Bright.

Joseph B. Hoyos
Yla
Farmer James Robertson finds his brother Daniel hanging from a tree. Although the siblings were estranged for decades when Daniel left home at sixteen after an argument with their father, James rejects the official opinion that Daniel committed suicide. Instead he hires former Dundee police officer J. McNee, who is still recovering from a car accident that severely injured him and killed his fiancée.

McNee quickly uncovers that the deceased worked as a thug for former gangster Gordon Egg, who owns a London nightclub. Meanwhile Kat from London arrives insisting she was close to Daniel while two more bad eggs follow her. McNee fears he is in over his head as a hardboiled detective battling crime kings because his throbbing leg keeps telling him.

Taking the injured hardboiled urban American detective to Dundee makes for an engaging refreshing tale though the lead character never quite feels like he is from Scotland rather than the United States. Still his inquiry, aching leg and all, makes for a fun tale as the cops tell him to stay out, the thugs warn him to stay out, and his common sense pleads with him to stay out; three strokes and he stays in. Fans will enjoy McNee as an avenger trying to survive the case of the dead farmer's brother.

Harriet Klausner
Nuadador
The premise is simple: injured P.I. gets a case, which turns nasty, and instead of going to the police right away, he investigates himself. The author has managed to work that premise into something really good and quite unique in a number of ways. I wouldn't say I liked the main character right away, but I found him absolutely compelling. The writing was strong, witty and managed to make me shed a few tears.

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