The eleventh book in the Sunday Times-bestselling Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland's most celebrated crime writers.
The charred remains of an elderly woman are discovered in a game-keepers cottage. Hidden away in woodland to the west of Edinburgh, the remote building has been raised to the ground, but it's clear to Chief Inspector Tony McLean that this was no accidental fire. It would seem too, that nor is it simply a grim arson attack; there is something ritualistic to this horrific murder.
Nor will it be the first case of death by flames that Tony and his team will be facing down. This is just the beginning - and Tony must ask, when evil such as this is at large, what will burn?
Crime fiction's next big thing - Sunday Telegraph
Oswald's writing is in a class above most - Daily Express
Creepy, gritty and gruesome - Sunday Mirror
The new Ian Rankin - Daily Record
Hugely enjoyable - Mirror
Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers - Daily Mail
James Oswald is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries, as well as the new DC Constance Fairchild series. James's first two books, NATURAL CAUSES and THE BOOK OF SOULS, were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. AS COLD AS THE GRAVE is the ninth book in the Inspector Mclean Series.
James farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.