McIlvanney Prize 2018 shortlist – Lin Anderson
Follow the Dead – Lin Anderson
Follow the Dead is the thrilling twelfth book in Lin Anderson’s Rhona MacLeod series.
On holiday in the Scottish Highlands, forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod joins a mountain rescue team on Cairngorm summit, where a mysterious plane has crash-landed on the frozen Loch A’an. Added to that, a nearby climbing expedition has left three young people dead, with a fourth still missing.
Meanwhile in Glasgow, DS McNab’s raid on the Delta Club produces far more than just a massive haul of cocaine. Questioning one of the underage girls found partying with the city’s elite reveals she was smuggled into Scotland via Norway, and it seems the crashed plane in the Cairngorms may be linked to the club. But before McNab can discover more, the girl is abducted.
Joined by Norwegian detective Alvis Olsen, who harbours disturbing theories about how the two cases are connected with his homeland, Rhona searches for the missing link. What she uncovers is a dark underworld populated by ruthless people willing to do anything to ensure the investigation dies in the frozen wasteland of the Cairngorms…
What the judges had to say:
One of Scotland’s long running series raises the bar even higher, a series which is constantly re-inventing itself without being formulaic. Follow the Dead goes to dark places and tackles serious issues head on. The judges praised the novel’s evocative atmospheric setting in Scotland’s mountains and in Norway.
A series as complex and fascinating as the finest Scotch malt – and getting better with every book.