Sam the butcher is missing, and maverick investigator Dominic Queste is on the case. But it’s not because he misses Sam’s prize-winning steak pies… A dangerous man has arrived in Glasgow. He’s no small-town crook, and he’s leaving a trail of disturbing clues across the city, starting with the missing cousin of Queste’s new lover. Amidst a twisted game of cat and mouse, suspicious coppers and a seemingly random burglary at the judge’s house, Queste has to keep his wits about him. Or he might just find himself on the butcher’s block.
Tag – You’re dead is the second novel to feature Dominic Queste, if like me you haven’t read The Dead Don’t Boogie, which is the first book to feature him, then fear not as it easily reads as a stand alone.
I have no idea why I haven’t read this authors books before. Having now read one I know I need to read more. Dom is a character that literally grabs the reader right from the off. He reminds me of one of those PI’s in the black and white films that you used to watch. There are some cracking one liners that had me re reading them as I loved them that much. Even having finished the novel the thought of some of them brings a smile to my face.
Dom certainly brings a bit of light relief to this novel. The story line itself is a very dark and gritty one and I think Dom’s out look on life and situations brings the perfect balance to the book. It also may leave you craving steak pies as there are more than a few references to them!
Tag – You’re Dead was a great introduction to a new author, for me that is as I am late to the whole Douglas Skelton party. It certainly whet my appetite and left me wanting to read more of his books. The author has taken a stereo typical lead character but turned him into someone that stands out from the crowd in his genre. A highly entertaining and gripping read.
My thanks to Gordon Mcghie and the author for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Tag – You’re Dead is available to purchase from Amazon.