Just when you think an author can't possibly get any better - he does. I LOVE THIS BOOK! It stands head and shoulders above Johnstone's earlier work and I am rapidly running out of superlatives to describe him with. ( EUROCRIME)
I was tremendously impressed with this novel. It manages to combine an undeniably dark plot with an extraordinary freshness and liveliness, largely owing to the wonderfully conceived character of Martha, who is carried through the increasingly upsetting revelations she uncovers by her spirit, energy and determination. ( Harriet Devine, SHINY NEW BOOKS)
'There's a tangible sense of expectation and excitement to this rollercoaster tale of dark secrets as Johnstone weaves his way into the mind of the rebellious, straight-talking and energetic young woman as she carves a rocky road through the wall of silence into a past she never knew existed.' ( Lancashire Evening Post)
Riveting. Fearless. Twisted. If Tartan Noir was a family with an irreverent rebel child, his name would be Doug Johnstone. ( The Daily Record)
'As with Hit & Run, this is a novel which leaves you breathless.' ( Scots Whayhae)
The Dead Beat still sees Johnstone in fine stride, and in Martha Fluke he has the perfect foil through which to view the bands, songs, technology and culture of his own misspent youth. Her soliloquys on cassettes, The Breeders and Teenage Fanclub charm effortlessly. As ever, Edinburgh is a central character, her geography tightly coiled around the plot's serpentine twists and turns. This is superior crime fiction, a level up from the repetitive procedurals and thinly-veiled politicising of more mainstream tartan noir. (Bram E. Gieben The Skinny)
A twist-laden tale of family secrets, interspersed with the sounds of early Nineties alt-rock (Howard Calvert Mr Hyde)
If you're so special, why aren't you dead?
Meet Martha. It's the first day of her new job as intern at Edinburgh'sThe Standard. But all's not well at the ailing newspaper, and Martha is carrying some serious baggage of her own.
Put straight onto the obituary page, she takes a call from a former employee who seems to commit suicide while on the phone, something which echoes with her own troubled past.
Setting in motion a frantic race around modern-day Edinburgh,The Dead Beat traces Martha's desperate search for answers to the dark mystery of her parents' past. Soundtracked by and interspersed with a series of gigs from the alternative music scene of her parents' generation in the early '90s, Doug Johnstone's latest page-turner is a wild ride of a thriller, and a perfect follow-on to his #1 Kindle bestseller, Hit & Run.
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