Synopsis: Welcome to the Misfit Mob…It’s where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can’t get rid of, but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it’s his job to find out which museum it’s been stolen from.
But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting. O Division’s Major Investigation Teams already have more cases than they can cope with, so, against everyone’s better judgement, the Misfit Mob are just going to have to manage this one on their own.
No one expects them to succeed, but right now they’re the only thing standing between the killer’s victims and a slow, lingering death. The question is, can they prove everyone wrong before he strikes again?
My review: Where to start with this one? It’s like the author took all his abandoned and half formed ideas and decided to shove them all together in one big book. Surprisingly it works. You have a team of misfit cops…one dying of cancer, some there because there’s nowhere else for them to go, one with half a leg from a road traffic accident and so on. Callum is there pending an investigation into contamination of a crime scene, something he is taking the blame for as him and his pregnant girlfriend need the maternity allowance.
Callum is perhaps the most unluckiest man in the world: abandoned as a child and brought up in care, taking the blame for others mistakes, everyone hates him. In the course of this book he beaten up by several people, breaks his hand on a superior officers face when he makes a startling discovery, loses his bike to pay for a drinking session when he’s dumped by his girlfriend, nearly loses his job a second time when he’s accused of murder and that’s just the highlights!
The whole thing is bonkers but delightfully so. Even though it’s quite long it goes along at a fair pace and there’s not a dull moment. Actually there maybe is…I wasn’t keen on the quotes from the rappers and children’s authors as well as the constant radio commentary but they do sort of play a part in the unfolding events so make sense in a way.
All the many plot pints do eventually fall together and are tied up neatly as we get closer to the end. It would be easy to forget some of them but Macbride manages to keep everything together and offer reminders as we go along. There are so many characters but all have unique identities so there’s no chance of confusing them and it makes it impossible to figure out the bad guys (a good thing) and there are more than one. Its full of swerves and the biggest reveal of all was for once not expected. I loved this one, thumbs way aloft
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