Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: The Heretic (August 2022)

By Liam McIlvanney

August 8, 2022

Glasgow, 1975

A Deadly Fire

An arson attack on a Glasgow warehouse causes the deaths of a young mother and child.  Police suspect it’s the latest act in a brutal gang warfare that’s tearing the city apart – one that DI Duncan McCormack has been tasked with stopping.

A Brutal Murder

Five years ago he was walking on water as the cop who tracked down a notorious serial killer.  But he made powerful enemies and when a mutilated body is found in a Tradeston slum, McCormack is assigned a case that no one wants.  The dead man is wearing a masonic ring, though, and Duncan realizes the victim is not the down-and-out his boss had first assumed.

A Catastrophic Explosion

As McCormack looks into both crimes, the investigations are disrupted by a shocking event.  A bomb rips though a pub packed with people – and a cop is killed in the blast.  With one of his own unit now dead, McCormack is in the firing line.

But he’s starting to see a thread – one that connects all three attacks…

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