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Cross Purpose

(2017)
(The first book in the Harcus & Laird series)
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Awards
McIlvanney Prize Best Novel (nominee)
THE FIRST BOOK IN CLAIRE MACLEARY'S MULTI-AWARD-LISTED HARCUS & LAIRD SERIES


'Claire MacLeary has, with little fuss or fanfare, written a crime series that subverts and rejuvenates the crime genre' Scots Whay Hae


Two Women, One Quest, Grave Consequences.


When Maggie Laird's disgraced ex-cop husband suddenly dies, her humdrum suburban life is turned upside down. With the bills mounting, she takes on his struggling detective agency, enlisting the help of neighbour ‘Big Wilma’. And so an unlikely partnership is born.


But the discovery of a crudely mutilated body soon raises the stakes... and Maggie and Wilma are drawn into an unknown world of Aberdeen's sink estates, clandestine childminding and dodgy dealers.


Cross Purpose is surprising, gritty, sometimes darkly humorous – a tale combining police corruption, gangs and murder with a paean to female friendship, loyalty and how an unlikely duo can beat the odds.



Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A dark, devious delight." - Neil Broadfoot


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