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In Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park, the bodies of two youths lie with bullet holes in their heads. Hungover, nicotine-starved and ill-attired, procurator fiscal Maddy Shannon attends the scene, unaware that this grim morning is about to spiral out of control. The corpses have been carefully disfigured, perhaps signs of gangland revenge or, worse, ritual slayings. Motives and suspects are hard to find. It soon becomes clear that this disturbing case will hold a mirror to the government, the church and society at large. As the gruesome complexities of the investigation multiply, the fragmented story of Maddy's immigrant ancestors - her grandfather Nono and his Great Adventure - emerges as a counterpoint to brutality and corruption. As she struggles to prove her worth against the darkest side of human nature, we discover the history and heartbreak that created this strong-willed woman. This first crime novel by versatile Scottish author Chris Dolan is written with wit and empathy, and he is unafraid to explore literary themes, making Potter's Field a work concerned as much with home and heritage as it is with violence and intrigue.

It is a novel about Glasgow, told in an intimate voice with a profound knowledge of an exuberant, flawed city.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vagabond Voices Publication Date: 22/09/2014 ISBN-13: 9781908251329  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Chris Dolan is a Glaswegian author, playwright and screenwriter. Poor Angels and Other Stories (Polygon, 1995) was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award and his first novel, Ascension Day (Headline Review, 1998), won the McKitterick Prize. His first play, The Veil, premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1991 and Sabina! won an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First in 1996 and was adapted for BBC Radio 4 in 2000. Dolan writes regularly for radio and television, his screenplays include an adaptation of Eco's Name of the Rose and TV drama documentary, An Anarchist's Story: The Life of Ethel MacDonald, which were broadcast by the BBC in 2006. He has also written episodes of Taggart. Dolan also writes for various newspapers and magazines, including The Independent and Scotland on Sunday. He has been a literary reviewer and features writer for The Herald since 2002. In 1999, he won the Canongate Prize for Journalism. In 2012, Vagabond Voices published Redlegs, his novel set in nineteenth-century Barbados.

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