Book of the Month: April

‘The new Ian Rankin’ Daily Record

‘Oswald’s writing is a class above’ Express

From one of the UK’s biggest crime writers – the man who brought you the bestselling Inspector McLean novels – comes a phenomenal new series guaranteed to have your heart in your mouth.

Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong. Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss, and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He’s been executed – a single shot to the head. In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con’s shoulders.

She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief . . . right until the moment someone also tries to put a bullet through her head.

There’s no place to hide, and no time to cry.

No Time To Cry
Who is Constance Fairchild?

The character sprang into my mind, if not quite fully formed then at least substantially so,

on a long train journey from Fife to London late last year. In one of those serendipitous moments, a number of ideas that had been swirling around in my head for ages all merged into something that felt like it might just work. For a long time now, I’ve wanted to use the name Constance for a character who quite clearly isn’t – someone a bit flighty and air-headed, perhaps. When it came to it, though, my young detective constable was anything but. Her doggedness, her refusal to give up in the face of overwhelming odds, is her defining characteristic.

It’s important to push your boundaries as a writer, but creating a character who is female and in her thirties – two things I am not – might be taking that a little far. Nevertheless, I’ve had a lot of fun and learnt a fair few things writing No Time To Cry. I’m looking forward to plenty more adventures with Con in the future.

James Oswald