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Runaway

  • RRP: £8.99 (print) / £4.99 (ebook)
  • Series: Harcus & Laird
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 288 pages
  • Dimensions (mm): 198 x 129
  • ISBN: 9781912235438
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781912235445
  • Genres: Contraband, Crime & thriller, Women
  • Book tags: crime, thriller, women
  • Publication date: March 14, 2019

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When Aberdeen housewife Debbie Milne abruptly vanishes, her husband is frantic with worry and turns to local PIs Maggie Laird and ‘Big Wilma’ Harcus.

Maggie is reluctant to take on a ‘misper’ case, but Wilma cajoles her into a covert operation – trawling women’s refuges and homeless squats in search of a lead. But when a woman’s body is discovered in a skip, the unlikely investigators are dragged into a deeper mystery involving people-trafficking, gambling and prostitution – and they’re in deadly danger.

With the police struggling to make headway and the clock ticking, the race is on for Harcus & Laird to find answers, further straining their already fraying relationship.

With Runaway, Claire MacLeary delivers the goods again – creating a surprising, gritty, fast-paced tale with the warmth and wit of ‘women of a certain age’.

REVIEWS OF Runaway

“A vitality and verve which is rare … A great crime novel [featuring] two of Scottish fiction’s most engaging characters.” Alistair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae

“Original and entertaining … With her quirky mix of grit and humour, Claire MacLeary is carving a niche for herself.” Crime Fiction Lover

“A gripping, dark and gritty read.” The Quiet Knitterer

“Surprising, compelling and brought to life by two of the most wonderful main characters.” Chocolate n Waffles

“Dynamite … The author loves to smash gender and age stereotypes … As an avid fan of this series, I have to say Runaway is my favourite.” Chapter In My Life

“Absolutely brilliant … A fast-paced and sometimes humorous story with lots of tense and downright scary moments.” Beauty and Balm

“Funny, full of tension and drama, and with some real stop-you-in-your-tracks moments.” Jen Med’s Book Reviews

“As true a portrait of the relationship between two quite different women as you are likely to get … The descriptions of people and places are extremely well done … Aberdeen springs to life in MacLeary’s vivid setting, adding yet another layer of authenticity.” Live and Deadly

“Whilst Runaway is an enjoyable and well written crime novel, it is also so much more than that. Claire MacLeary lays bare… the way [working] women view themselves and one another, and explores the complex relationships they must juggle just to get through each and every day. Wholeheartedly recommended.” Undiscovered Scotland

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


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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. Runaway is her third novel and continues the Harcus & Laird series. Cross Purpose was longlisted for the McIlvanney Award 2017, and Burnout was longlisted for the Hearst Big Book Award 2018.

Praise for the Harcus & Laird series:

“Gripping.” Good Housekeeping

“A terrific writer.” Kirsty Gunn, Scotsman

“A wise and all-too-pertinent voice.” Raven Crime Reads

“A brilliant new talent for the lover of crime.” Dame Sue Black, forensic anthropologist

“Refreshingly different… a fast-paced tale.” Shirley Whiteside, Herald

“Fantastic … a gritty book with a surprisingly warm theme.” The List

“Terrific … compelling to the end.” Theresa Talbot