The Crime Readers' Association

‘Edge of the Grave’ by Robbie Morrison

19th February 2021

Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison is a dark historical crime novel set in 1930s Glasgow. A city still recovering from the Great War; split by religious division and swarming with razor gangs. For fans of William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw, Denise Mina and Philip Kerr.

Glasgow, 1932. When the son-in-law of one of the city’s wealthiest shipbuilders is found floating in the River Clyde with his throat cut, it falls to Inspector Jimmy Dreghorn to lead the murder case – despite sharing a troubled history with the victim’s widow, Isla Lockhart.

From the flying fists and flashing blades of Glasgow’s gangland underworld, to the backstabbing upper echelons of government and big business, Dreghorn and his partner ‘Bonnie’ Archie McDaid will have to dig deep into Glasgow society to find out who wanted the man dead and why.

All the while, a sadistic murderer stalks the post-war city leaving a trail of dead bodies in their wake. As the case deepens, will Dreghorn find the killer – or lose his own life in the process?

Praise for Edge of the Grave:

‘A mesmerizing debut. Early gangland Glasgow with the gloss razored off’ – Peter James

‘A magnificent and enthralling portrait of a dark and dangerous city and the men and women who live and die in it. Chilling and brutal, but also deeply moving and, most importantly, beautifully written. Robbie Morrison has produced an astounding debut’ – Mark Billingham

Published by Pan Macmillan 4 March 2021.

You can read more about Robbie Morrison and his books here.

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