Today I am sharing my thoughts on Dark Suits and Sad Songs as I continue my Denzil Meyrick series catch up. Here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
When a senior Edinburgh civil servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch harbour, DCI Jim Daley comes face to face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It’s clear that dark forces are at work in the town.
With his boss under investigation, his marriage hanging on by a thread, and his sidekick DS Scott wrestling with his own demons, Daley’s world is in meltdown. When strange lights appear in the sky over Kinloch, it becomes clear that the townsfolk are not the only people at risk. The fate of nations is at stake. Jim Daley must face his worst fears as tragedy strikes. This is not just about a successful investigation, it’s about survival.
Well this book certainly opens in memorable style. I’m beginning to think that there is no such thing as a quiet day in Kinloch. Not sure whether it is DCI daley who brought a bag load of danger with him, or whether it’s all just an unfortunate coincidence but it’s not exactly the nice picturesque coastal town that anyone thinking of Scotland might picture. And I love it.
This is one heck of a story. Full of thrills, danger, emotion and edge of the seat tension, it is everything fans of the series could want. There are moments in the book that completely made my eyebrows lift, so much so anyone going past me whilst I was out and about on my daily walk, listening to audiobook as I did so, would be forgiven for thinking I’d had the world’s most drastic facelift. Put it this way, and I’m not sure If I really want to know if it happens like this out in the real world, but the method of dispatch for one of the drug dealers is quite, well … gross for want of a better word. Not quite what I was expecting and one of those scenes that Denzil Meyrick excels at that had me chuckling in a ‘part horrified but also totally amused’ way. I’ll never look at a tube of UHU in quite the same way again.
As well as the very disturbing murders in this book, there is a lot of double crossing and subterfuge. The animosity between Daley and Superintendent John Donald seems set to reach boiling point and that adds a later of tension and conflict that compounds the already tough case that Daley is working on. And following the dramatic conclusion to the previous book, Daley doesn’t have the usual level of support around him, personally or professionally. It’s really interesting seeing how the author has played those aspects of the story out on the page. They have an authentic feel, but rather than detracting from the story they enhance it.
Character is the real draw of this series and Daley and Scott are two absolutely cracking protagonists. The banter and friendship between them make them an irresistible team to read about. Neither is perfect, far from it, but they make up for it in determination and, in Daley’s case especially, an unerring sense of right and wrong, even if it may cost him everything. I love the use of the very scottish vernacular, the fact that the author doesn’t try to dampen down that local dialect and style just to appease the audience. It’s what helps the books radiate authenticity and part of what makes me smile each and every time.
Tense, action filled and full of perfectly pitched drama, this is a story of drug dealing, corruption, abduction and murder. Yet another story that had me fully engaged and entertained from start to finish. Top notch reading and definitely recommended.
About the Author
Denzil Meyrick was educated in Argyll, then after studying politics, joined Strathclyde Police, serving in Glasgow. After being injured and developing back problems, he entered the business world, and has operated in many diverse roles, including director of a large engineering company and distillery manager, as well as owning a number of his own companies, such as a public bar and sales and marketing company. Denzil has also worked as a freelance journalist in both print and on radio.