Harcus & Laird Book 1
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