The Last Witness: A DCI Daley Thriller (Book 2) - When your worst nightmare returns, survival is all

· Birlinn
31 reviews

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‘Absorbing . . . no run-of-the-mill tartan noir’ - The Times

‘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

James Machie was a man with a genius for violence, his criminal empire spreading beyond Glasgow into the UK and mainland Europe. Fortunately, James Machie is dead, assassinated in the back of a prison ambulance following his trial and conviction. But now, five years later, he is apparently back from the grave, set on avenging himself on those who brought him down. Top of his list is his previous associate, Frank MacDougall, who unbeknownst to D.C.I. Jim Daley, is living under protection on his lochside patch, the small Scottish town of Kinloch.

Daley knows that, having been the key to Machie’s conviction, his old friend and colleague D.S. Scott is almost as big a target. And nothing, not even death, has ever stood in James Machie’s way.

31 reviews
Grace J. Reviewerlady
July 30, 2021
I can hardly believe it’s over two years since I read the first in this series; I don’t plan to wait as long to read the third! Previously one of the biggest – and most violent – criminals in Glasgow died when the prison ambulance he was travelling in was attacked and he was assassinated, but now James Machie seems to be back and seeking vengeance against those who put him away. DCI Jim Daley and his partner DS Scott are both targets along with Machie’s former partner. They are both struggling to understand this apparent resurrection and Daley finds himself under police protection. What a cracking read! I love getting into books set in Scotland, especially Glasgow and the west where I’m more familiar with the settings and this one fits the bill. Denzil Meyrick not only understands the criminals but he knows the humour and Scott has that ‘pure dead brilliant’ manner which makes me laugh every time. The crime is intriguing and enigmatic and, while the ending tied everything up in this second in series, it left a teaser for the next book giving me a renewed determination to not only read this series in order but to fit them into my list more often. Offering everything you could ever want in a good thriller, there is no doubt that this is a five star read and I absolutely recommend it.
A Google user
January 29, 2017
Poorly written. Even though I live in and amongst scots on the west coast, the dialect was tiresome. English readers would find it a pain.
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Roberta Morrison
April 17, 2016
Great read ... ending was just silly though so now i need to find next book to see how this one ends .... strange ending indeed
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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.

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