Edge of the Grave

Books on Tape. (Jimmy Dreghorn, Bk. 1). Oct. 2023. 13:47 hrs. ISBN 9780593821374. $95. M
In 1930s Glasgow, corruption at all levels of society is the order of the day. Razor-wielding gangs menace the streets, the wealthy use bribery and blackmail to get what they want, poverty is rife, and action and retribution cycle endlessly. Amid the violence, detective inspector Jimmy Dreghorn and his partner Archie McDaid strive to bring justice into the world. When Charles Geddes, a member of one of the city’s wealthiest families, is pulled, dead, from the river, Dreghorn and McDaid are assigned to the case. Dreghorn has history with the Geddes family, having had a brief romantic interlude with Charles’s widow before she married, and having served under her brother-in-law during World War I. As his investigation continues, Dreghorn uncovers incest, trafficking, bribery, and murder while contending with a rising body count and clear indications that a serial killer is on the loose. Angus King provides a gripping narration of Morrison’s (Drowntown) series starter, channeling the grim atmosphere and Dreghorn’s struggle to do right. King supplies evocative accents, including a thick brogue for Dreghorn.
VERDICT A chilling, blood-soaked gangster noir, set on the historic streets of Glasgow. Fans of the Netflix series Peaky Blinders will want to take note.
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