FINAL CUT REVIEWS
|FINAL CUT, the sixth
novel in the Rhona MacLeod series, was published in hardback by Hodder on 6th
August, 2009, and in paperback on 15th April, 2010.
It's a few days before Christmas and forensic chief Dr Rhona McLeod has two
cases on the slab. A man wearing Army dog tags has been found in a burnt-out
skip but the facts aren't adding up. Meanwhile, a car crash has led to the
discovery of a child's remains in the woods. McLeod and cop colleague McNab have
to figure out how they got there. The procedural details are spot-on, the
storylines sharp and inventive, but it's the characterisation that makes
Anderson's work truly special. CSI Vegas has Grissom, CSI Miami has Horatio
Cane. In the Glasgow crime scene team, Dr McLeod has the skill, instinct and the
balls to match up to her American counterparts.
With her main protagonist, Dr Rhona Macleod, Lin Anderson takes on
the assembled ranks of such characters provided in American based
fiction and TV and gives them a damn good run for their money. If
you enjoy crime fiction that has a leaning to the forensic – or even
if you just like an intriguing read - my advice is to make Lin
Anderson your go-to- crime writer.
The forensic and police procedural
details are spot on, the characters engaging and the plot never
short of compelling. What particularly impressed me was Lin
Anderson’s ability to take the divergent plot strands and link them
beautifully as the story unfolded. Event followed event, clues were
highlighted and the action never let up to the very last word.
Lin Anderson recently signed a deal with
ITV to have Final Cut and her other 5 novels adapted for the small
screen. If you haven’t done so already my advice is to get to know
this excellent writer before she really hits the big time and you
can act all superior with your crime fiction mates.
FINAL CUT is the
sixth novel from Lin Anderson featuring Forensics Scientist Dr Rhona
McLeod (not including the novella, BLOOD RED ROSES).
driving off the road in a snowstorm to avoid hitting a stranger,
Claire regains consciousness to realise that her daughter Emma is
missing from the back of her car. When DS Michael McNab finds Emma,
he asks what she is doing holding a human skull - “I heard them
calling me” she says. When the search of the location reveals
the grave of a child the search is on for answers.
Rhona along with her assistant Chrissie are trying to discover the
identity of corpse found badly burnt in a skip. As the body has a
soldier's ID tag it looks like a simple case to solve (until the DNA
turns out to be from another man).
body is identified as having been missing for a number of years.
When Emma says that she hears another voice in the woods, McNab and
Rhona have mixed feelings when Dr Magnus Pirie the psychologist is
brought in to help with the case. Following a visit to the site of
the child's body, it appears that more children may
be buried here. When McNab finds that
the man jailed for the child's murder doesn't know where the body
was buried it looks as if the hunt is on for a serial killer – but
where are the other bodies? When Claire and Emma disappear, it looks
as if the child killer has abducted them to prevent his past crimes
being exposed, but could it lead to their deaths?
Examination of the soldier shows a final meal to be borscht from a
Russian restaurant in Glasgow that seems to have Russian Mafia
connections. When McNab starts to chase down the Russian connections
as well as trying to find Claire and Emma, he finds that the
Russians are prepared to stop at nothing to keep him from finding
out the answers he needs. It also appears that the two cases are
connected, but how?
I was first introduced to Lin Anderson at a reading she gave of EASY
KILL (her previous book) at the Aberdeen Word Festival. She
explained that her use of protagonist Rhona McLeod gave her stories
a different angle to crime writing (rather than from the detective's
viewpoint). I find that the interaction between McLeod and McNab to
be interesting, since there seems to have been some history between
them (this is my first Lin Anderson book). The story is very well
researched with interesting aspects of Glasgow and forensic medicine
introduced. The pace of the story made me want to get to the end to
make sure all of the characters were safe. I now just have the other
five novels to read to find out the history of Dr Rhona McLeod.
Paul Blackburn, Scotland
FINAL CUT is one of the EURO CRIME Top 2009 reads
Edinburgh Evening News
review of FINAL CUT
0340922443 - ISBN-13: 978-0340922446
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