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The Hangman's Song by James Oswald

The Hangman's Song

by James Oswald

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Utan tvekan är Bödelns sång den bästa boken hittills i serien av kommissarie McLean. De två första böckerna var även de bra men det var något med denna bok som verkligen tilltalade mig, som gjorde att jag sträckläste boken under en dag. McLean har det som vanligt inte lätt på jobbet, han har en ny chef som hatar honom och ifrågasätter allting han gör och är mest intresserad att så snabbt som möjligt avsluta fall. Så ett självmord är något som McLean inte alls borde forska i. Men det gör han och han inser att något inte stämmer och när fler självmord inträffar måste han så snabbt som möjligt finna den gemensamma kopplingen så att han kan få stopp på dem.

Som vanligt är det ett drag av paranormalt i boken och det är just det paranormal som gör serien så speciell och är skäl till att jag gillar serien så mycket. Ett anant skäl är humorn i boken. Trots det mörka temat i boken så fäller McLean och andra så otroligt härliga kommentarer hela tiden, det gör att boken är nåde spännande och roande att läsa. En kombination som jag gillar.

Jag tyckte om att Emma var tillbaka i handlingen så snabbt efter vad som hände med henne i förra boken. Hon har blivit en favorit karaktär, i och för sig gillar jag rätt många, men just allting som rörde henne i boken var verkligen intressant och jag gillar verkligen Emma och McLean tillsammans.

Bödels sång var mycket läsvärd, jag önskar att jag kunde läsa nästa bok på direkten men får vänta på att den översätts till svenska. Jag rekommenderar denna serie stark till läsare som gillar annorlunda kriminalare.

Tack till Modernista för recensionsexemplaret!


I think that The Hangman's Song is the best book I have read so far in the Inspector McLean series. I do of course, like the previous books very much as well. However, there was something with this book that really appealed to me. I liked it so much that it only took a day for me to read it. McLean has, as usual, it not easy at work. He has a new boss that really hates him and that's always questioning him and just want cases close as soon as possible. So a suicide case is not McLean should be investigating, but he feels that something is not right and then more suicides occur and he has to find out what is connecting the suicides before more bodies are found.

As usual is there a paranormal part to the story and it's the paranormal part that makes the series so special to read and also a reason for me liking the series so much. Another reason is the humour. Despite the dark theme in the book are there many funny one-liners and dialogues in the book. This makes the book both thrilling and funny to read. A combination that I love.

I liked that Emma is back in the story so fast, especially when you think about what she went through in the last book. She has become a favourite character, although I do have a lot of favourite characters in the series. But, I do find that everything concerning Emma and what happened to her and how it has affected her is fascinating to read about. Also, I do like Emma and McLean together.

The Hangman's Song is a very good book, I wish I could read the next book right away, but I must wait for it to be translated into Swedish first. I recommend this series warmly to anyone that likes to read a different kind of crime novel.

Thanks to Modernista for the review copy!
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  MaraBlaise | Dec 14, 2017 |
This is the third book in the Tony McLean series and I have to say they just keep getting better and better...this one was excellent. In spite of his unorthodox investigative methods...Inspector McLean has a case solve rate that can't be disputed even though his superiors often try. The characters are so full of individual personality that you have no problem liking some and totally disliking others. The books have a touch of the occult, that makes them all the more intriguing. Anyone that is devoted to Ian Banks or Stuart MacBride will want to give James Oswald a try. ( )
  Carol420 | Oct 26, 2017 |
Book Description:
The body of a man is found hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force, this appears to be a simple suicide case. But something about the scene strikes Detective Inspector Tony McLean as off. Days later another body is found hanging from an identical rope, with a noose tied in the identical way. McLean is convinced that these people are either being murdered or somehow coerced into suicide. Then a third body is found.
Under pressure from his superiors to wrap the case up quickly and neatly, McLean must also deal with the fallout of his last big investigation and complications in his personal life. But the deeper he digs, the more he comes to believe that something dark and sinister is stalking Edinburgh’s streets. Will he be able to stop it before someone else succumbs to the hangman’s song?

My Review:
This book had me hooked for the very beginning. It's a police procedural set in Edinburgh, Scotland with elements of supernatural/occult. The plot had lots of twists that created a page turner that kept me guessing until the very end. Oswald's writing, dialogue and characters especially Tony, Grumpy Bob and Duguid make for a fantastic read. We get a good picture of prostitution and the criminal underworld from the story. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series and I would recommend this book to those who like police procedurals with a touch of the supernatural. ( )
  EadieB | Oct 25, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this book. It is sometime since I read book two in the series, but it didn't take long to re-acquaint myself with the characters. Good solid storyline in this book with clear links to the previous two and hopefully the next in series. The question of 'why are you still here' keeps cropping up and remains unanswered. Part of me really hoped Mclean would pack his bags and go off travelling with Emma and the other part wants him to stay put and continue his battles with Daguid! I felt that this episode was more emotional than the previous novels - perhaps inevitable with the ongoing bullying from the senior officer, the ties to the past through Emma and her medical (and supernatural) problems and the temporary move to a new team, whilst contstantly being pulled back to the old familiar team of Grumpy Bob and DC MacBride.
Looking forward to reading the next installment. I hope Emma is not absent for the whole book and I wonder if there is still more to be unveiled in the connection between Emma and Mrs McCutcheon's cat? ( )
  Elainedav | Apr 2, 2015 |
A well written engaging mystery, but easy to figure out who the killer was while still having over 200 pages left in the book. ( )
  zmagic69 | Jan 31, 2015 |
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A young man is found hanging by a rope in his Edinburgh home. A simple, sad suicide, yet Detective Inspector Tony McLean is puzzled by the curious suicide note. A second hanged man and another strange note hint at a sinister pattern.

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