The Step Down – It’s 2014 and the vote for Scottish Independence is just over the horizon. First Minister Jack Collie is brimming with confidence, until the killer sends him a message; a mutilated and crucified body found hanging at Bannockburn. Now it’s a race against time to catch the killer and ensure the campaigning can continue.

Temporarily re-instated Acting Detective Inspector Ged Forest is the man tasked with finding the killer, but he’s up against it from the start. Political and professional interference, media intrusion and an infatuation with his colleague DS Senga McLean are all hindering the investigation.

As Forest desperately hunts the killer dubbed Pontias Pilate by a press baying for blood, Superintendent Hargreaves has his own ambitions, and is running interference on behalf of his political paymasters.

But what motivates the killer, and why are all the victims from the lowest rungs of Scottish society?

Blackly humorous, this part crime thriller, part political satire will keep you entertained from the first page until the last heart-rendering scene plays out.
“Comically written… flows easily… an once started you won’t want to put it down.”
“A gritty Scottish Crime novel……bring on the next book.”

“Very Scottish indeed. A great debut novel.”

“…hard language, graphic descriptions and human flaws both good and bad…”

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