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The Last Witness is a thrilling police procedural

The Last Witness: A Detective Daley Thriller

By Denzil Meyrick

Pub date: December 8, 2015


From an authentic, gritty new voice in Scottish thrillers comes Detective James Daley, whose past has come back to haunt him in the small Scottish town of Kinloch

James Machie was a man with a genius for violence, his criminal empire spreading beyond Glasgow into the UK and mainland Europe. Fortunately, James Machie is dead, assassinated in the back of a prison ambulance following his trial and conviction.

But now, five years later, he is apparently back from the grave, set on avenging himself on those who brought him down. Top of his list is his previous associate, Frank MacDougall, who unbeknownst to his lochside patch, the small Scottish town of Kinloch. Daley knows that, having been the key to Machie’s conviction, his old friend and colleague D.S. Scott is almost as big a target. And nothing, not even death, has ever stood in James Machie’s way .


The Last Witness is a gritty and realistic police procedural, pitting Detective James Daley against one of the most fearsome criminals of his career. Denzil Meyrick masterfully captures the flavor of rural Scotland. His depiction of the location and the vernacular is remarkable, adding depth and realism.

Five years ago James Machie died along with his police escort in the back of a prison ambulance. Now, a specter back from the grave, James Machie is back for revenge against those who betrayed him to the authorities. A brutal string of murders follows, heading straight to Kinloch. Not only does Machie's former colleague live here under police protection, the two police officers who played a major role in his capture are stationed - Detective Inspector Daley and DS Scott. Daley and Scott know that they are on Machie's hit list, and if they can't stop him, they will be likely to lose more than their lives.

Denzil Meyrick is a gifted author with a profound ability to create complex and memorable characters. Readers should be prepared for a number of surprising twists. The Last Witness isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy gritty, realistic police procedurals, this is a novel that's not to be missed.


The Last Witness is available for preorder and will be released December 8, 2015.

I received a copy of The Last Witness from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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