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Cross Purpose

Claire MacLeary
  • RRP: £8.99 (print) / £3.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 362 pages
  • Dimensions (mm): 198 x 129
  • ISBN: 9781910192641
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781910192658
  • Genres: Contraband, Crime & thriller
  • Book tags: Scotland, crime, thriller, women
  • Publication date: February 23, 2017

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Longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize, Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2017

When Maggie Laird’s disgraced ex-cop husband suddenly dies, her humdrum suburban life is turned upside down. With the bills mounting, she takes on his struggling detective agency, enlisting the help of neighbour ‘Big Wilma’. And so an unlikely partnership is born.

But the discovery of a crudely mutilated body soon raises the stakes… and Maggie and Wilma are drawn into an unknown world of Aberdeen’s sink estates, clandestine childminding and dodgy dealers.

Cross Purpose is surprising, gritty, sometimes darkly humorous – a tale combining police corruption, gangs and murder with a paean to friendship, loyalty and how ‘women of a certain age’ can beat the odds.

Prizes and awards

LONGLISTED, McIlvanney Prize, Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2017

REVIEWS OF Cross Purpose

"A dark devious delight, definitely one to watch." - Neil Broadfoot

"Crime fiction has a new stellar voice in Claire MacLeary. Cross Purpose is feisty, funny and darkly delicious." – Michael J Malone.

"A terrific crime debut... compelling to the end." - Theresa Talbot


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  • Rights: World
  • BIC code(s): FF
  • BISAC code(s): FIC050000

Cross Purpose

About the author

Claire MacLeary

Claire MacLeary lived for many years in Aberdeen, but describes herself as “a feisty Glaswegian with a full life to draw on”. Following a career in business, she gained an MLitt with Distinction from the University of Dundee and her short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies. Claire is currently working on Burnout, the sequel to Cross Purpose.