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A Dundee Detective

A Dundee Detective

(2012)
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Scott Learmont was recruited by British Intelligence while a postgraduate student of Mandarin Chinese and Classical Arabic, 'two of the world's most impenetrable languages.' In the course of his career he has saved the life of the chief executive of Hong Kong, foiled an assassination attempt on a British Prime Minister and dined with an American President.
Now Learmont has returned to his native Scotland, bought himself a house by the sea and hung up a shingle as a private eye. The novel opens with a northbound train surging out of low hills as the rising sun collides with the high girders of a railway bridge. In the First Class compartment are an elderly Chinese man, Cliff Kwan, and his nephew Ringo. They have travelled to Britain because one of Cliff's nieces, a student at a local university, has gone missing. Cliff seeks out Learmont and asks him to find his niece. Although a 'half-hearted' detective at best, Learmont agrees. He has just paid a quarter of a million for a house, his tailor requires payment and 'bullet holes don't mend themselves.'
In the course of the ensuing investigation, Learmont uncovers drug racketeering, sexual manipulation, blackmail and finally murder. All of this against a background of his own developing relationships with two very different women, slinky Oriental beauty Evita Wong and local estate agent Helen Branken. And in the context of a city that has seen better days : 'The new town was only half built, the old town was only half demolished. It wasn't so much urban renewal as urban thalidomide.'
With a lot of help from his friends, Learmont triumphs over those who wish him harm. Cliff Kwan departs on a southbound train. Look out, you Moriartys, there's a new kid on the block.

 
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October 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: A Dundee Detective
Author(s): David Aitken
Publisher: David Aitken
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