‘You’ll have a blast with these’ - Ian Rankin
‘A top talent, and one to be cherished' - Quintin Jardine
‘Spellbinding . . . one of the UK’s most loved crime writers’ - The Sunday Post
‘A compelling lead . . . satisfyingly twisted plot’ - Publishers Weekly
‘Touches of dark humour, multi-layered and compelling’ - Daily Record
‘Striking characters and shifting plots vibrate with energy’ - The Library Journal
‘Daley is a character complete with depths, currents and sudden changes of the Atlantic ocean that crashes against Kinloch’s harbour walls. The remote peninsula and the claustrophobic nature of small-town life are perfectly painted.’ - Scotland on Sunday
‘If you like Rankin, MacBride and Oswald, you’ll love Meyrick’ - The Sunday Mail
‘Energetic, wry, and full of jolts' - Waterstones
‘The right amount of authenticity . . . gritty writing . . . most memorable’ - The Herald
‘All three books have a strong sense of place, of city cops trying to fit in to a small, tightly knit rural environment’ - Russell Leadbetter, Evening Times
‘Meyrick has the ability to give even the least important person in the plot character and the skill to tell a good tale’ - Scots Magazine
‘Following in the tradition of great Scottish crime writers, Denzil Meyrick has turned out a cracking, tenacious thriller of a read. If you favour the authentic and credible, you are in safe hands’ - Lovereading
‘DCI Daley is shaping up to be the West Coast’s answer to Edinburgh’s Rebus’-Scottish Home and Country
‘Well crafted and engrossing . . . Meyrick is well into his rhythm’ - Journal of the Law Society of Scotland
It’s July 1968, and redoubtable fishing-boat skipper Sandy Hoynes has his daughter’s wedding to pay for – but where are all the fish? He and the crew of the Girl Maggie come to the conclusion that a new-fangled supersonic jet which is being tested in the skies over Kinloch is scaring off the herring.
First mate Hamish, who we first met in the D.C.I. Daley novels, comes up with a cunning plan to bring the laws of nature back into balance. But as the wily crew go about their work, little do they know that they face the forces of law and order in the shape of a vindictive Fishery Officer, an Exciseman who suspects Hoynes of smuggling illicit whisky, and the local police sergeant who is about to become Hoynes’ new son-in-law.
Meyrick takes us back to the halcyon days of light-hearted Scottish fiction, following in the footsteps of Compton Mackenzie and Neil Munro, with hilarious encounters involving ghostly pipers, the US Navy and even some Russian trawlermen.
About the author
Denzil Meyrick was born in Glasgow and brought up in Campbeltown. After studying politics, he pursued a varied career including time spent as a police officer, freelance journalist and director of several companies in the leisure, engineering and marketing sectors. Denzil’s debut novel, Whisky from Small Glasses, was Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year in 2015, and in 2018 The Relentless Tide was one of the Scotsman’s Books of the Year. Denzil lives on Loch Lomond side with his wife Fiona.