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  • RRP: £8.99 (print) / £4.99 (ebook)
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  • ISBN: 9781912235827
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781912235834
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  • Publication date: April 23, 2020


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When police are called to a murder scene at the home of Aberdeen socialite Annabel Imray, they find themselves under pressure to get a conviction, and fast. Meanwhile, local PIs Wilma Harcus and Maggie Laird are at rock bottom, desperate for income. As Maggie contemplates replacing Wilma with an unpaid intern, an eccentric widow appoints them to search for her lost cat – and Wilma goes off-piste to negotiate a loan, with terrifying terms.  As the fear caused by a series of sinister break-ins escalates, Maggie blames the aggressive language in public discourse for inciting violent crime. But before long, she finds she is in the danger zone herself.

Will Wilma manage to save her?


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About the author

Claire MacLeary

Claire MacLeary has lived in Aberdeen and Fife, 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. Payback is her fourth novel and continues the Harcus & Laird series.

Praise for this series – longlisted: Hearst Big Book Awards 2018; McIlvanney Award 2017

“Gripping.” Good Housekeeping

“A terrific writer.” Kirsty Gunn, Scotsman

“This is a thoroughly entertaining series that could run and run.” Sunday Herald