Pub Date 22 Feb 2018
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Book 2 in the Grace Macallan detective series
Scarred by the Troubles in Belfast, Billy Nelson returns to his Loyalist roots following his discharge from army service. But Belfast and the people he knew have changed, and after his gang are responsible for a series of violent attacks on innocent victims, he is forced out of the city and moves in on the drugs business in Edinburgh.
Taking on the family who have been the main players in the city for years, a battle for control amongst the criminal underworld of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast ensues, and the balance of power is upset...
Grace Macallan, recently promoted to Superintendent in the Specialist Crime and Counter Terrorism Directorate, has her hands full as a series of incidents leaves a trail of victims. As the old demons of the Troubles come back to haunt her again, can Grace keep the streets of Scotland safe, as well as balancing the conflicting interests of the police in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Security Services, who all have an interest in Nelson and his paramilitary contacts in Belfast...
‘Cause of Death is a first-rate police procedural by someone who evidently knows what he’s talking about. . . Peter Ritchie masterfully weaves the past into the present to create a rich tapestry of living, breathing characters, both brilliant and flawed’
Hania Allen, author of the Von Valenti series and The Polish Detective
‘Audacious, Ritchie’s street talk sizzles with wit and invention. Cause of Death is engaging, eventful and original’
M. P. Wright, author of the JT Ellington series