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The Hangman's Song

The Hangman s Song Book three in the Detective Inspector McLean seriesA young man is found hanging by a rope in his Edinburgh home A simple sad suicide yet Detective Inspector Tony McLean is puzzled by the curious sui

  • Title: The Hangman's Song
  • Author: JamesOswald
  • ISBN: 9781405913188
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • Book three in the Detective Inspector McLean seriesA young man is found hanging by a rope in his Edinburgh home A simple, sad suicide, yet Detective Inspector Tony McLean is puzzled by the curious suicide note A second hanged man and another strange note hint at a sinister pattern.Investigating a brutal prostitution and human trafficking ring, McLean struggles to find tiBook three in the Detective Inspector McLean seriesA young man is found hanging by a rope in his Edinburgh home A simple, sad suicide, yet Detective Inspector Tony McLean is puzzled by the curious suicide note A second hanged man and another strange note hint at a sinister pattern.Investigating a brutal prostitution and human trafficking ring, McLean struggles to find time to link the two suicides But the discovery of a third convinces him of malicious intent.Digging deeper, McLean finds answers much closer to home than he expects Something terrifying stalks the city streets, and bringing it to justice may destroy all he holds dear.

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    1. This is the grisly third in the DI McLean series and in it he is a seriously bitter man, barely surprising considering what he has gone through. There is more to come in this set of storylines, and here he has been seconded to the Sexual Crimes Unit to keep him out of trouble. He is heavily immersed in two cases, that of a harrowing prostitution ring and in human trafficking. To top it all, a young man is discovered hanging in his Edinburgh home. It appears to be a straightforward suicide until [...]

    2. This is the 3rd book in the Inspector McLean series by author James Oswald.I am finding it difficult to keep praising this series without repeating myself but I suppose the biggest compliment I can pay it is to say that I immediately started the 4th book in the series as soon as I had finished this one. Having read the series from the very beginning the characters are growing on me the more I read and all the sub plots make perfect sense. This is an excellent series and there is so much more to [...]

    3. The Hangman's Song picks up right where The Book Of Souls left off. The first chapter grabs you and holds you tight, dropping you right in to the story and introducing you to the chilling madness of this latest book.I felt so sad reading much of this. You learn even more about Tony McLean and each thing I learn about him makes me want to learn more. This book is slightly bitter in its tone, and Tony is bitter too - and it should be that way. After everything that's already happened and what happ [...]

    4. SWEDISH REVIEWUtan tvekan är Bödelns sång den bästa boken hittills i serien av kommissarie McLean. De två första böckerna var även de bra men det var något med denna bok som verkligen tilltalade mig, som gjorde att jag sträckläste boken under en dag. McLean har det som vanligt inte lätt på jobbet, han har en ny chef som hatar honom och ifrågasätter allting han gör och är mest intresserad att så snabbt som möjligt avsluta fall. Så ett självmord är något som McLean inte alls [...]

    5. Thank you to Netgalley, Penguin Uk, Michael Joseph and jamed Oswald for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book. You can find my review on both and . On from today under Karen Whittard and on under k.e.whittard from today. James Oswald is a fantastic writer and is a leading light in the genre of crime books. This is a superb follow up to The Book of Souls. If you like crime books you should seriously check out James Os [...]

    6. The Hangman's Song by James Oswald.This is the 3rd entry in the Detective Inspector McLean series.Reading this series is necessary to be knowledgeable regarding the past situations that are reflected upon by the author.A hanging victim is discovered with all the telltale attributes of a suicide. Nevertheless McLean is not totally satisfied that this conclusion is correct. Soon another "suicide" by hanging has turned up with ties to the first. The similarities and the findings of Angus Cadwallade [...]

    7. Inspector Tony McLean is back in the 3rd book in the series, these books continue to be great reads!We still have the main characters in play as they continue their work solving crimes and Tony's involvement in the 'spooky' cases, whether he wants to be involved or not.I love the slow build of character development and the humor that's woven throughout, the cases are interesting and well developed and I know I love to get back into Tonys story, both professional and personal life.Onto book 4 now [...]

    8. The Hangman’s Song by James Oswald is the third in his Inspector McLean series set in Edinburgh.DI McClean, seconded to the Sexual Crimes Unit (SCU) by Acting Superintendent Charles Duguid (nicknamed Dagwood) finds himself working on two separate cases – one for the SCU investigating a group of prostitutes and the subsequent death of their pimp, Malky Jennings, who was beaten to death – and the second, two suicides, which he and his DC, MacBride consider to be suspicious, and continue to i [...]

    9. I somehow read this one out of order with respect to the others in the DI McLean series, so was left slightly more confused than I might've been - though I did enjoy it quite a lot (four and a half out of five). I'm struggling exactly where to put it in relation to the others in the series that I have read.As I've said before, I find Oswald's writing right up there with my favourites in the Scottish Crime genre, like Craig Robertson and Stuart MacBride. This series does however sometimes p*ss me [...]

    10. Brilliant book. Followed on nicely from The Book Of Souls. This is crime writing at its best. Excellent

    11. I am really liking this series. We've got new crimes, but it carries forward from book 2 so it's probably better to start this series at the beginning just to keep the main characters straight. Tony McLean had some issues in his last department and has been moved to the Sex Crimes Unit and, of course, that involves some prostitution. Then we've got some suicides by hanging and it's looking like there might be a connection between them. Inspector McLean can't write those off without looking at th [...]

    12. I am so loving this series. Only 3 books in and I know I have found another series to follow without fail! I would describe the writing as a cross between Mark Billingham and a milder Stuart MacBride. The main character, Tony McLean, is a very likeable character. His life has been fraught with sadness and in the 3rd book he is on the case of a series of suspicious hangings. Emma is still in a coma and Tony has her assault on his conscious as well. Nasty bosses, colleagues who don't believe he sh [...]

    13. Once again a really good book by James Oswald. I love the hint of "otherworldliness" that creeps into these books without it being too strong a theme. In my opinion he hits the right level as it not completely overt andabsolutely ridiculous.As a reader of fantasy and I appreciate the slightly mystical nature to these books as it perfectly blends my love of detective/crime novels with my love of fantasy. As always, I can't wait for the next novel, which I will no doubt ready just as quickly.

    14. This is the third book in the Tony McLean series and I have to say they just keep getting better and betteris one was excellent. In spite of his unorthodox investigative methodsInspector McLean has a case solve rate that can't be disputed even though his superiors often try. The characters are so full of individual personality that you have no problem liking some and totally disliking others. The books have a touch of the occult that makes them all the more intriguing. Anyone that is devoted to [...]

    15. I was lucky to be given an advance copy of this book by lovereading/ for an honest opinion.This was an introduction to a new writer for me and I must say that I am not disapointed.Inspector McClean is the usual downtrodden policeman, undervalued and disliked by his superior officer. He has been put into the Vice department by that same officer who doesnt want him in his department. He seems to get himself involved in the minor corruption in the vice unit and makes it known that he will not stand [...]

    16. Typically I have no issues jumping right into the middle of a series. I am not one of those people that refuses to read a book unless I have read the prior books in the series. Good thing or I would miss out on some good series. Sadly, this book did not draw me in enough to really want to check out more books in this series. I did not connect with the characters. Some of this might have to do with the fact that I had not read the prior books so I did not develop a relationship with Inspector McL [...]

    17. I knew I recognized one of the characters names. I loved how he was called Stuart Macbride, after the Scottish police procedural author. That's quite the homage! I did enjoy this book, but some of the theories leading towards the paranormal drove me a tad nuts. They didn't belong her. Find another way to describe what was wrong with Emma. Either way, I'll be looking for the other books in this series. Especially to find out some of the history.

    18. Book Description:The body of a man is found hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force, this appears to be a simple suicide case. But something about the scene strikes Detective Inspector Tony McLean as off. Days later another body is found hanging from an identical rope, with a noose tied in the identical way. McLean is convinced that these people are either being murdered or somehow coerced into suicide. Then a third body is found.Under pressure from his superiors to wrap the cas [...]

    19. I would like to thank Netgalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for a review of The Hangman's Song, the third Edinburgh based police procedural to feature DI Tony McLean.Tony has been seconded to the Sexual Crimes Unit where he is involved in a raid involving prostitutes being shipped out of Edinburgh, a most unusual occurrence but he doesn't really have the time for it as his former team in CID keep looking to him for guidance so it isn't long before he's involved in investigating a spate of hi [...]

    20. A grisly tale set in a dark and dingy EdinburghIn this the third in the DI McClean series from James Oswald, the DI has been seconded to the Sexual Crimes Unit (SCU) and so finds himself working on some harrowing cases such as the death of a pimp and two suspicious suicides.Set in Edinburgh like the earlier books in the series, you really have to have read the first ones to fully understand some of the references or at least to understand the development of the characters as more is revealed of [...]

    21. Admittedly, I am a recent but big fan of Oswald's Inspector McLean series. It has all the elements of a traditional British police mystery but some odd, supernatural twists.This particular one concerns some interesting suicide hangings that are too similar to discount. Also we continue the story/stories of McLean's unfortunate love life and difficult police brass dealings. While many of the characters may be cliched, they are all likable and interesting and make one keep reading to be in their c [...]

    22. James Oswald Book 3The Hangmans Song.Set in Edinburgh you follow detective inspector Tony McLean and his " team" as they try to solve the many crimes that come their way.If you have read the first two books in this series you will be familiar with the characters and enjoy this book. James Oswald has a knack of keeping you guessing all the way to the end. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a mystery and police procedures.5 stars. 08 April 2014.

    23. Porównanie Oswalda do Rankina jest niezbyt fortunne. Oswald nie kryje swojej fascynacji fantastyką i w każdej książce zamieszcza wątki paranormalne - nie dominują, ale są. Trzecia część wciągająca, ale czegoś mi w niej zabrakło, chyba mozolnej pracy policyjnej, za dużo natomiast było samego McLeana.

    24. Actual rating 3.5 stars.I'm really enjoying reading about Tony McLean and his investigations. I also like how his relationship with Emma is developing and how everything is not going over the top smoothly for him, but what I didn't like so much about this book as I did about the previous two was the fact that I guessed the killed the moment that character was introduced. It was not like that with the previous books and I hope that the culprit will be harder to spot in the fourth book as well.Oh [...]

    25. Another winner in this series of creepy, dark thrillers! I love the characters, especially Tony, of course, and even "Dagwood" is an entertaining jerk. Tony gets himself involved in so many messes, it doesn't seem possible that anything else can go wrongbut then it does. I also love the way the supernatural story lines are woven into the mysteries. Thoroughly enjoyable!

    26. I approached the third book in the Inspector McLean series with slight trepidation, I have to admit. I had finished The Book Of Souls and enjoyed it, that much was clear but I had a tiny issue with the supernatural element that was a bit of an additional surprise at the end of the second novel and to be honest, I wasn't sure if it was going to work. If you've never read any books in this series before, I guess you could read this as a stand alone but I think you'd be missing out on the character [...]

    27. This book was the first of James Oswald's Inspector McLean series that I have read, yet being new to the character did not detract from the likeability of the Inspector, however, what did slightly was the fact that the novel picks up pretty much from where the second has left off and thus leaves the reader somewhat confused by the supernatural elements of the storyline.Set in Edinburgh Inspector McLean is resented by his superiors and rank and file officers alike and finds himself seconded to th [...]

    28. Inspector McLean is once more dragged into supernatural shenanigans when what appears to be a suicide by hanging begins to look like something more sinister when an identical suicide occurs not long after. It isn't the last. McLean also has to cope with his love interest coming out of a coma and not knowing who he is, and sullen resentment from most of his colleagues. They are not only jealous of his unexpected inherited wealth but consider him a Jonah as other police officers tend to die around [...]

    29. This third book in the series picks up the themes of Books 1and 2. Due to this I realised that I had forgotten a fair few details and so revisited Book 2, The Book of Souls, to refresh my memory.While certainly an engaging crime thriller/police procedural I did not find it quite as strong as the first two novels. Part of that was actually due to the constant issues that McLean has with his fellow officers. It does seem a toxic environment for him. The novel came to a fairly satisfying conclusion [...]

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