This is the second book in the DCI Daley, DS Scott series. I’ve already read and reviewed the first book Whisky from Small Glasses Here
The Last Witness is the first book in this Series Book Binge Week where I’m going to read all of the books in one series written by Denzil Meyrick.
Firstly, I love the way Denzil Meyrick writes. His descriptions, both of locations and characters are absolutely spot on and bring the whole story to life in such a way that keeps me wanting to read more and I look forward to coming back to the book if I have to reluctantly stop reading.
The dynamics between the old friends and colleagues DCI Daley and DS Scott, two detectives on the same team, are beautifully portrayed and each is a perfect foil for the other. The banter between the two of them, albeit written in Scots vernacular, is at times hilarious and the bond strong and powerful.
They look out for one another, watch each other’s backs and are both excellent detectives each with their own individual qualities.
This case largely takes place in and around Kinloch, the fictional name for Campbeltown in Kintyre on the West coast of Scotland and involves the death of a notorious and vicious Glasgow gangster, and another who turned Queens evidence against him and is now on witness protection. Scores are being settled and others who thought they were safe are being hunted down and killed. The lives of Daley and Scott are under threat.
Old neighbourhood alliances and loyalties from back in the days of the Glasgow tenements are surfacing and friendships are tested. All is not as it seems in this quite intense Crime Fiction thriller. Just when I thought the frightening scenarios were over for a short spell to catch my breath, another one comes along and it really is everyone for themselves. Superintendent James Donald is the superior officer in charge of the overall case – he’s a rigid disciplinarian and an upright and uptight senior policeman but he appears to be unraveling at the seams and drifting back into alcoholism as the pressure of the increasingly complicated case and high body count continues. I felt like a stiff drink myself both during and after reading this. Donald does not approve of DS Scott’s overall behaviour or attitude and the tongue in cheek insubordination of Scott towards him made me laugh out loud at times. I appreciated the threads of black humour that appeared at times throughout the book, as a bit of light relief from all the action packed drama. Added to all of this is the personal drama of DCI Daley’s feckless wife Liz who, as described in the first book in the series, is not known for being faithful to him, despite his blind adoration for her.
Overall a cracking good read and I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series in my Denzil Meyrick series book binge week.
I interviewed the author Denzil Meyrick Here
A good friend of mine and my Tartan Noir expert, Rebecca Hislop, introduced me to this author and his books and guest reviewed Rat Stone Serenade Here