The Death of Ronnie Sweets (and Other Stories) by Russel D McLean

By Russel D McLean

Prior to he brought the area to Scottish inner most Investigator J McNee, award-nominated crime author Russel D McLean wrote a chain of gritty brief tales that includes PI Sam Bryson, a tender investigator with a powerful feel of justice that's established to the restrict as he walks the suggest streets of Scotland's fourth biggest urban.

The loss of life of Ronnie candies collects the entire unique Sam Bryson tales in a single quantity, with an creation via award-winning US writer Sean Chercover and an afterword by means of the writer.

Many of those tales first seemed in Alfred Hitchcock's secret journal whereas others have been released by means of exciting Detective secret journal, Spinetingler journal and Needle Publishing. They run the gamut from two-fisted stories of justice to stories of characters who locate themselves within the darkest of events. A heady mixture of homage to the yank hardboiled and the fashionable Scottish noir, those tales reveal why Russel D McLean is "not to be ignored through fanatics of straight-up hardboiled noir." (RT ebook Reviews)


"...the tales express the sort of sharp and sincere voice it’s tough to think they have been written by way of a guy in his early 20s. they're darkish tales – occasionally very darkish – yet that darkness is balanced by way of either a dry Scottish wit and a real experience of outrage for the folk concerned" Sean Chercover (from his introduction)

"...filled with rounded, human characters - no comic strip characters, simply those who love and hate and care." Steven Torres for Nasty, Brutish, Short.


"The way forward for Crime Fiction is in strong fingers" Crimespree Magazine

"An surroundings of scrumptious gloom" secret Scene Magazine

"Stylish and atmospheric." John Connolly

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If I was a few years younger I’d be down there moshing with the best of them at the front of the stage. These days, however, I just want to be back at my apartment, having a quiet drink and reading a good book. Okay, maybe hitting twenty-nine is getting old. Some girl sidles up to me. She’s drinking from a bottle of blue vodka-imbued alcopops. ” “I’m meeting someone,” I say. That’s true enough. “Aye? ” We’re doing the special kind of talk that’s reserved for nightclubs only: shouting in a conversational tone.

But it feels hollow somehow. DAY THREE Ronnie Sweets’s parents sit beside their son, holding hands and consoling each other. I stand at the door to the private room, just watching. A pretty nurse asks me if I need any help. I shake my head, take a deep breath, and walk into the room. “Mr. and Mrs. Sweets,” I say. They turn and look at me. Mr. ” “Your son’s attackers have been arrested,” I say. ” I tell them about the events of the previous night. I change a few details, make out like Sandy’s raid was a fortuitous coincidence, when in reality it was premeditated and part of the deal we made with each other over lunch.

Are ye no going to invite him Mackie stands aside. “Come in,” he says, like it’s a challenge. He’s confident, maybe even thinking I don’t have the balls to follow into the hallway. They lead me down to the right and a chipboard door into what must be the living room. a small TV in the corner no video or DVD player. The TV’s tuned to Channel 5; some lurid documentary When Carjacking Crime Goes Wrong or some such crap. There’s a dead couch and several mattresses spread out on the floor. I count four people in here and a baby’s cot in a darkened corner.

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