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A Glasgow student is found dead in a city-centre alley, kickstarting a trail of brutality that drives DI Ray McBain to the very edge, staring into the abyss… The victim’s family and friends are all under suspicion, and McBain has to untangle a sordid web of lies, deceit, blackmail, infidelity and cyberstalking. And when Stigmata, a deranged serial killer from McBain’s tortured past, starts taking out new victims – with the suspects and McBain himself in his sights – the case gets even more treacherous. The pressure intensifies until McBain calls on Kenny O’Neill, his old underworld crony, to help watch his back. Will that be enough to stop the killing?

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'Strong female characters, honest, pithy dialogue and ever-present empathy for the victims make this a deeply satisfying read.' - Sunday Times


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Michael J Malone

DI Ray McBain is well on the way to becoming one of Tartan Noir’s great detectives – he has featured in two of Michael J Malone’s previous novels: the award-winning Blood Tears and A Taste for Malice. Malone’s last book, Beyond the Rage (Contraband, 2015), featured one of the series characters, Kenny – ‘Glasgow’s answer to Tony Soprano’ – and was a critical and popular success.

‘Hits you like an express train.’ – Mason Cross.

‘A slick thriller with a killer punch.’ – Douglas Skelton.

‘Twisted, sharp and just a little bit heartbreaking.’ – S.J.I. Holliday.

Praise for Michael J Malone’s previous books:
‘Funny and brutal, heartfelt and compelling. Highly recommended.’ – Craig Robertson.

‘Every once in a while, a book comes along and redefines the term unputdownable. Beyond the Rage is one of them. The plotting is sublime … The prose is faultless throughout.’ – Crimesquad.

‘A deeply personal thriller…with twists and turns designed to keep the heart pumping. The best yet from a writer who has always delivered.’ – Russel D McLean.

‘Malone has the enviable and rare talent of crafting hard-hitting noir that is also emotionally intelligent and engaging. A fabulous read.’ – Caro Ramsay.

‘Michael Malone brings a poet’s sensibilities to the crime novel – but still manages to deliver a belter of a yarn.’ – Douglas Skelton.