Longlisted for the 2020 CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award
Longlisted for The McIlvanney Prize 2020
Just outside a sleepy Highland town, a gamekeeper is found hanging lifeless from a tree. The local police investigate an apparent suicide, only to find he’s been snared as efficiently as the rabbit suspended beside him. As the body count rises, the desperate hunt is on to find the murderer before any more people die. But the town doesn’t give up its secrets easily, and who makes the intricate clockwork mechanisms carved from bone and wood found at each crime?
Whirligig is a tartan noir like no other; an exposé of the corruption pervading a small Highland community and the damage this inflicts on society’s most vulnerable. What happens when those placed in positions of trust look the other way; when those charged with our protection are inadequate to the challenge; when the only justice is that served by those who have been sinned against?
This debut crime novel introduces DI James Corstophine – a man still grieving for a wife lost to cancer; his small close-knit team of passed-over police and their quiet Highland town. He’s up against a killer who plays him as easily as a child. For a man who's been treading water since the death of his wife, he’s facing a metaphorical flood of biblical proportions as he struggles to understand why these murders are happening, and who is behind each carefully planned execution. All the time, the clock is ticking.
Reviews from Amazon.
There isn't one moment where Whirligig drops its pace. Its a great story that keeps you gripped from beginning to end. I don't want to say much more as I don't want to give anything away but just to say, this is a fab crime thriller that's well written and holds your attention all the way though - with a great ending ... I can highly recommend this read!
Enjoyed Greig's previous novel, One Is One, and this new genre for Greig opens great possibilities for a series of crime novels. The story contains lots of unpleasant murders and well drawn characters. I would love to see this on television, as Greig's writing is very filmic. I highly recommend this book.
I loved this book. I really liked the Highland setting, found the story line intriguing and loved it to the end. Sometimes I find the endings of books disappointing, but not this one... Would recommend this author and look forward to future books by him. Thanks Mr Grieg