Monday, 18 April 2016
Spotlight: The Rat Stone Serenade by Denzil Meyrick
The novels feature DCI Jim Daley, and his redoubtable Detective Sergeant Brian Scott. Both former city cops, they soon discover that policing in a more rural area, away from the support and resources of Glasgow, presents its own unique problems.
With a cast of characters ranging from corrupt local officials, notorious gangsters in Witness Protection, Russian Oligarchs employing ruthless hit men, druids, dodgy politicians, drug dealers, and many more, the books have gained a wide following as well as much praise.
Meyrick is described by Waterstones, the UK's largest booksellers as 'Scotland's best new crime writer'. With brilliant reviews in the UK national press, and from their counterparts in North America, where the books have recently been published, Meyrick is steadily gaining a fine reputation.
Harper Collins have recently bought publishing rights to translate the books for the German market, and they are bestsellers in the UK in print and as eBooks. With audio books already available in the USA, they will shortly be released in that format in the UK and Germany.
The books are praised for their authenticity - Meyrick is a former Glasgow police officer - as well as their dark humour, descriptive nature and beguiling setting. Despite being crime novels, the warmth and humour of Kinloch's population shines through. It is a place where everyone knows everyone else, tight-knit and often impenetrable. The perfect background for the genre.
Meyrick is regularly compared to the greats of Scottish Crime fiction, including, Ian Rankin, Stuart MacBride, Peter May and Anne Cleeves
'Multi-layered and compelling' - The Daily Record'Gripping . . . Gritty writing, most memorable' - The Herald
'Gripping . . . Gritty writing, most memorable' - The Herald'Engaging and entertaining . . . an unbuttoned sense of humour' - The Wall Street Journal
'Engaging and entertaining . . . an unbuttoned sense of humour' - The Wall Street Journal'If you like Rankin, MacBride and Oswald and the many greats of Scottish Crime Fiction - you'll love Meyrick' - The Sunday Mail
'If you like Rankin, MacBride and Oswald and the many greats of Scottish Crime Fiction - you'll love Meyrick' - The Sunday Mail'A compelling lead and satisfyingly twisted plot make this a welcome addition to Tartan Noir' - Publishers Weekly
'A compelling lead and satisfyingly twisted plot make this a welcome addition to Tartan Noir' - Publishers Weekly
About the author:
Meyrick was born in Glasgow and brought up in Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre, where the books are set. After studying politics, he spent time as a police officer, freelance journalist, distillery manager and director of a number of companies in the engineering and leisure sectors. He lives with his wife Fiona near Loch Lomond in Scotland. His stepdaughter Rachel Kennedy is also a published author, writing Young Adult novels.
THE RAT STONE SERENADE is the fourth book in the series, published in early April in the UK by Polygon, and already a Scottish Crime bestseller.
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