GUS THOROUGHGOOD is back to face his most daunting challenge yet in The Longest Shadow. Fresh from saving Glasgow from a catastrophic terrorist plot in The Hurting: The Glasgow Terror, this third instalment in the series will see DS Thoroughgood embroiled in two vastly different investigations, neither of which is as it seems. When he is handed a seemingly mundane enquiry to solve a spate of meat robberies Thoroughgood questions the whole purpose of his police career. But as the enquiry quickly evolves from robbery to murder and abduction the DS finds himself in pursuit of a gang of vicious armed robbers who are anything but the sum of their parts. While his own pursuit of the gang gathers pace relentlessly, Thoroughgood’s complicated love life draws him into the world of Scotland’s most powerful whisky family, the aristocratic Roxburghs of Roxburgh Hall. With the dynasty’s survival under threat from an unknown killer, Thoroughgood finds himself torn apart by two investigations in which his emotions are sucked into a vortex from which there may be no escape.
From its nailbiting opening atop one of Scotland’s most iconic historic monuments, right through to its truly cliffhanger close, Thoroughgood’s latest outing rarely lets up. Breathtaking city centre car chases, shoot outs, punch ups and stand offs all conspire to keep the pages turning – while an underlying dark wit has resonances of the very best in the Tartan Noir tradition. Gregor White Stirling Observer Part three of Gus Thoroughgood’s adventures ups the ante on the action. One stand-out sequence features a high-speed chase that rips through the heart of Glasgow, causing more mayhem than a multi-million-dollar Hollywood blockbuster. Michael Bay will be taking notes. Alan Morisson Glasgow Herald and Times