Chief Inspector Jacobson is starting to wish he'd stayed on holiday. The Crowby Crawler, a notorious serial rapist, is back on the streets with a mob of baying vigilantes at his heels. It's almost a relief - professionally, at least - when he's assigned what appears to be an open and shut murder case.
Bored, adulterous Jenny Mortimer lies dead on the driveway and her jealous, domineering husband Gus hasn't the shred of an alibi. Even when DS Kerr casts doubt on the simplicity of the case, Jacobson isn't overly concerned. If Gus hasn't done it, Jacobson has his eye on another suspect just as close to home: Jenny's youthful, bohemian lover, Kevin Holland. But when Jacobson starts to investigate Gus Mortimer's business interests it soon becomes clear that this simple crime of passion is anything but...
In the tradition of Ian Rankin.
STUDY IN DEATH is first in the Chief Inspector Jacobson and DS Kerr series, MAKING A KILLING is the second, PERFECTLY DEAD is the third, and KILLING FOR ENGLAND is the fourth.
Iain McDowall is Scottish. He was born in Kilmarnock.