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  • It was consistently above the run of any mill. You could smell the fish, the whores and the cordite. This was everything afternoon radio was invented for.

    Euan Ferguson, The Guardian
  • David Ashton's writing is excellent, his characters thoroughly convincing, and his narrative grabs you ... and doesn't let you go

    The Sherlock Holmes Society of London
  • McLevy is a sort of Victorian Morse with a heart ... Ashton impeccably evokes Edinburgh so vividly that you can feel the cold in your bones and the menace of the Old Town's steep cobbles and dark corners

    Financial Times
  • A fascinating insight into the Victorian underclass ... a powerful writer.

    Daily Mail
  • McLevy’s tales more than pass the first and most important test, in that they are an outstandingly good read.

    Quintin Jardine

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