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The Stranger From Home



Author Frederic Lindsay
Rights World English
Pages 327
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Escaping to America from the turmoil of her life back in Edinburgh, DI Jim Meldrum’s daughter, Betty, is swept off her feet by a handsome man from back home. A whirlwind romance quickly culminates in marriage. But what are the secrets he is hiding? Handsome and rich, but still a mystery, has Betty married a monster?


Meanwhile, back in Edinburgh, Jim Meldrum is feeling the strain of working on a high profile case. A businessman’s wife is missing and, Jim suspects, has become a victim of foul-play. As Meldrum investigates the businessman’s past, he uncovers facts that seem to connect this case to a number of unsolved rapes…



What The Critics Said

'A skilful portrayal of the dark side of human nature'

Scots Magazine

“Meldrum is an appealing figure in classic cop guise: silent, strong, good on hunches. Lindsay’s prose keeps the tension tight”

Scottish Sunday Herald

‘If you enjoy getting to the bottom of a good mystery then you will get double your money’s worth with this book...You will almost certainly be caught up in the pace of the novel, and the twists and turns of the dual plots.’

‘Pacy, densely plotted novel...Lindsay accomplished and scrupulous plotter...the characters in his novels are never simple.’
‘There are few [crime writers] more intelligent and sympathetic, few who more surely present us with a convincing and disturbing simulacrum of life as we know it, or fear it may be.’
‘In most mystery series the central figure...becomes less interesting with each book...But Meldrum has become more interesting’

The Scotsman

‘Frederic Lindsay is without a doubt one of Scotland’s most underrated crime fiction writers. Skilful, smart, and refreshingly absent of clichés, his work is on a par with Rankin, Jardine and Mina but, for some reason, major success has eluded him. Perhaps The Stranger from Home will provide the break-through he deserves.’

Allan Laing

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