The Hangman's Song, Paperback

The Hangman's Song Paperback

Part of the Inspector Mclean series

4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The Hangman's Song is the thrilling third novel in James Oswald's Inspector McLean series set in Edinburgh.

Look out for the fourth installment in the bestselling Inspector McLean series, Dead Men's Bones, available for pre-order from Penguin.

A young man is found hanging by a rope in his Edinburgh home.

A simple, sad suicide, yet Detective Inspector Tony McLean is puzzled by the curious suicide note.

A second hanged man and another strange note hint at a sinister pattern.

Investigating a brutal prostitution and human trafficking ring, McLean struggles to find time to link the two suicides.

But the discovery of a third convinces him of malicious intent.

Digging deeper, McLean finds answers much closer to home than he expects.

Something terrifying stalks the city streets, and bringing it to justice may destroy all he holds dear.

The first two titles in the series, Natural Causes and The Book of Souls, are both available as Penguin Paperbacks and ebooks.

Praise for James Oswald: "A star of Scotland's burgeoning crime fiction scene." (Daily Record). "Crime fiction's next big thing." (The Sunday Telegraph). "Literary sensation...James' overnight success has drawn comparisons with the meteoric rise of EL James and her Fifty Shades of Grey series. " (Daily Mail). "Fifty Shades of Hay." (The Times). "Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers." (Daily Mail). "The new Ian Rankin." (Daily Record). "The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish." (The Herald). "A good read." (The Times). "An excellent start to what promises to be a fine series." (Guardian). "Classy, occasionally brutal, and with the odd suggestion of the supernatural, this will doubtless be another deserved hit.

Oswald's writing is in a class above most in this genre." (Daily Express).


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781405913188



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Better than No.2, a more neatly managed plot and exciting denouement. I very much enjoy the politics of the police station as portrayed here, and the main character is very sympathetic. Galloped to the end of it and now looking forward to the next one. Just worried about the fate of Mrs. McCutcheon's cat!

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I can't believe I haven't heard of this author before. James Oswald writes a captivating mystery touched ever so slightly by the occult. Detective Inspector Tony McLean works for the Edinburgh, Scotland, police force. In this third installment of the series, we find McLean's current girl friend, Emma, in the hospital in a coma. While McLean is frustrated that he can't do anything to help her, he buries himself in work. A suspicious suicide catches his attention at work. A young man has apparently hanged himself, yet McLean feels something is odd about it. When another body is found killed in the same way, McLean's instincts point to murder. His boss and fellow detectives can't or won't see the connection. Inspector McLean has to fight to keep the investigation open, while looking after Emma, who has come out of the coma, yet is not herself. Evil forces may be involved in both circumstances. Great fun. Book provided for review by Amazon Vine.

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Typically I have no issues jumping right into the middle of a series. I am not one of those people that refuses to read a book unless I have read the prior books in the series. Good thing or I would miss out on some good series. Sadly, this book did not draw me in enough to really want to check out more books in this series. I did not connect with the characters. Some of this might have to do with the fact that I had not read the prior books so I did not develop a relationship with Inspector McLean. Again I say "some" only because again I have jumped into series and felt connections. I thought despite my instant connection with Inspector McLean that I would like this book as the bodies started piling up. Yet after a few bodies the story stood still and went into slow motion with a lot of talking. I put the book down and walked away for a while and came back but it did not get better for me and I finally put it down after a third of the way in.

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