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The Last Witness (DCI Daley #2) (original 2014; edição 2014)

por Denzil Meyrick

Séries: D.C.I. Daley (2)

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James Machie was a man with a genius for violence, his criminal empire spreading beyond Glasgow into the UK and mainland Europe. Fortunately, James Machie is dead, assassinated in the back of a prison ambulance following his trial and conviction. But now, five years later, he is apparently back from the grave, set on avenging himself on those who brought him down. Top of his list is his previous associate, Frank MacDougall, who unbeknownst to D.C.I. Jim Daley, is living under protection on his lochside patch, the small Scottish town of Kinloch. Daley knows that, having been the key to Machie's conviction, his old friend and colleague D.S. Scott is almost as big a target. Nothing, not even death, has ever stood in James Machie's way.… (mais)
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Título:The Last Witness (DCI Daley #2)
Autores:Denzil Meyrick
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There's something about the accents of some narrators that just make things so easy to listen to and David Monteath is doing a terrific job with the DCI Jim Daley series. There's enough wry, dry humour here, alongside some reasonably gritty plot lines to keep the reader engaged, although the series does have a hefty dose of the personal as well if you're a fan of that sort of thing. Daley has a complicated sort of a lovelife with a wife he doesn't exactly trust, a new position in a small Scottish town (introduced in book 1 in the series: Whisky From Small Glasses and a surprisingly active Scottish gangster population surrounding him.

Another one of those quintessentially Scottish sounding audible books - perfect for listening to over an extended period of time. ( )
  austcrimefiction | Dec 11, 2018 |
Another fast-paced story set in fictional Kinloch (Campbeltown in reality) where DCI jim Daley faces problems, both personal as well as work. A notorious Glasgow gangster apparently rises from the dead and exacts revenge on former associates who helped convict him and DCI Daley and sidekick DS Daley are in his sights too. As in the previous Kinloch story, the three main characters, Daley, Scott and the Chief Supt Donald leap off the page and the dialogue between is often very humerous, despite the grim happenings all around them.. ( )
  edwardsgt | May 29, 2018 |
This book takes place several months after Whisky from Small Glasses. DCI Jim Daley is now stationed in Kinloch permanently and living happily with his wife Liz in a rented cottage. Things fall apart at a rapid pace as a gangster killed five years earlier suddenly reappears to exact revenge on those who took him down, including Daley and his DS Brian Scott. The primary witness against 'JayMac' (James Machie) is living near Kinloch in a witness protection program.
The action is fast-paced and the story moves right along. There's a secondary case with drugs and tobacco smuggling that might be separate from the mysterious rebirth of JayMac though Daley isn't sure. I really enjoyed the twists and turns here and was surprised by some of them. I also enjoy the residents of Kinloch so it was fun to visit with Hamish, Annie, and some others. The writing is compelling and I love the descriptions of the Kintyre peninsula where the fictional town of Kinloch is located. Superintendent Donald is even more of a mystery; I hope he gets his comeuppance in the next book. DCI Daley is great thriller series for all those who like this genre. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Feb 5, 2018 |
Another good read in this little known detective series based in the remote location of Kinloch on the west coast of Scotland. Despite being set in this remote area certainly no lack of drugs issues or revenge killings affecting the area, having originally started in Glasgow years before. I do like this series and the central group of characters, but I do think I enjoyed the last one more. Worth searching out for if you like detective books ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Aug 20, 2017 |
The book begins with a couple of vignettes guaranteed to get your attention.

In the first, legendary Glasgow gangster James Machie is being transported back to prison from hospital when the ambulance is….erm….intercepted. Suffice to say he won’t have to worry about serving out those 5 life sentences.

The second takes place 5 years later in Melbourne. Gerald used to run with the Machie clan. After giving evidence at Machie’s trial, he & his wife got new identities & were whisked away to Australia. You’d think that would be far enough. You’d be wrong. The attack itself is brutal but when the killer’s face is caught on CCTV, jaws drop in police stations right across Scotland.

For Kinloch DCI Jim Daley, it qualifies as a full-on WTF moment. Five years ago he & colleague DS Brian Scott were largely responsible for the case that finally put away much of the notorious Machie clan. It was a stressful & dangerous time. Many of the cops received death threats & Brian was shot.

When Jim was transferred to Kinloch by Superintendent John Donald (a total git, BTW, but I digress….) he saw it as a chance to slow down, relax & spend more time with his wife. It’s good to have a dream, Jim. But the reality is the killing didn’t end in Melbourne. Family members of Machie’s old goon squad begin to drop like flies. It seems someone is getting revenge on those who helped put Machie away.

Jim & Brian are grateful to be far from Glasgow until Supt. Donald comes clean. One of the biggest rats was Frank MacDougall & he & his family disappeared into witness protection after the trial. In fact they’ve been stashed on a farm outside Kinloch for the last 5 years.

This is the first I’ve read from this author & I really enjoyed it. There are several sub-plots running along side the main story line which revolves around “just how dead is he” James Machie. Office politics, a bent insider, old mobsters who would sell their mother & Jim’s personal life all contribute to a thorny, fast paced story. Characters range from the enigmatic to the colourful. Brian in particular was a bit of a challenge. Dialogue is written to reflect the vernacular of where he grew up & his accent could mince haggis.

Much is cleared up by the end but there are a few loose threads that will have major repercussions for several characters in the future. This is actually book #2 in the series after “Whiskey in Small Glasses” & I look forward to getting my hands on the next one to see how it plays out. ( )
  RowingRabbit | Dec 23, 2016 |
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James Machie was a man with a genius for violence, his criminal empire spreading beyond Glasgow into the UK and mainland Europe. Fortunately, James Machie is dead, assassinated in the back of a prison ambulance following his trial and conviction. But now, five years later, he is apparently back from the grave, set on avenging himself on those who brought him down. Top of his list is his previous associate, Frank MacDougall, who unbeknownst to D.C.I. Jim Daley, is living under protection on his lochside patch, the small Scottish town of Kinloch. Daley knows that, having been the key to Machie's conviction, his old friend and colleague D.S. Scott is almost as big a target. Nothing, not even death, has ever stood in James Machie's way.

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