McIlvanney Prize Longlist 2016: The Special Dead by Lin Anderson
When Mark is invited back to Leila’s flat and ordered to strip, he thinks he’s about to have the experience of his life. Waking later he finds Leila gone from his side. Keen to leave, he opens the wrong door and finds he’s entered a nightmare; behind the swaying Barbie dolls that hang from the ceiling is the body of the girl he just had sex with.
Rhona MacLeod’s forensic investigation of the scene reveals the red plaited silk cord used to hang Leila to be a cingulum, a Wiccan artefact used in sex magick. Sketches of sexual partners hidden in the dolls provide a link to nine powerful men, but who are they? As the investigation continues, it looks increasingly likely that other witches will be targeted too.
Working the investigation is the newly demoted DS Michael McNab, who is keen to stay sober and redeem himself with Rhona, but an encounter with Leila’s colleague and fellow Wiccan Freya Devine threatens his resolve. Soon McNab realizes Freya may hold the key to identifying the men linked to the dolls, but the Nine will do anything to keep their identities a secret.
About Lin Anderson
Lin Anderson has published eight novels in the highly successful forensic thriller series featuring Dr Rhona MacLeod, which have been translated into several languages and are currently being developed for television.
Lin has recently signed a deal with Pan MacMillan for two more books in the series. Lin is also a screenwriter. Her script Dead Close adapted from a short story will shoot in Edinburgh Spring 2014. Lin is working on a new crime series set in Cannes and featuring former British diplomat Patrick de Courvoisier.
Lin will be appearing at the following events: