The Lost Sister by Russel D. McLean: Hardboiled and Fully Souled

The Lost Sister by Russel D. McLean is a taut and moving crime story, told by narrator Steed McGee, private investigator from Dundee, Scotland. McGee is so hardboiled he puts Sam Spade to shame and at the same time the man is so soulful he had me in tears.  His recitation of how he sets about searching for the victim of a possible kidnapping, and in the searching uncovers a deeper story of family, held me in tight suspension, battling my own hopes and fears as he battled, unceasingly, to find the girl and in the finding, right some badly-done wrongs. Alas, his struggle is a battering of skulls — mainly his own — against cement walls of corruption, greed, and obsession, and in the end, the wrongs still outnumber the rights and few are left standing.  I certainly wasn’t: I was left prostrate on my couch, clinging to the slightest glimmer of possibility left to me by McLean and his McGee. I want another book about this Dundee p.i., and I want it fast.

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