Calling Cards is a fresh and exciting addition to the ranks of Tartan Noir. It is an novel exploration of the impact of stress and trauma on individuals, encompassing their resort to addiction, recovery, and denial. It highlights the influence of the equally corrupting desires for success or revenge. Linking the small Scottish worlds of journalism and politics, it has been favourably compared to State of Play in its creation of an intricate network of linked strands, as it builds to a compelling climax that leaves many people changed forever.
Calling Cards is a psychological thriller worthy of a place in the top rank. It is well-written, and easy to read with a fast flowing style.
The Glasgow setting
An anonymous email leads West End Journalist Frank Gallen on a quest to unravel the links between a campaign against a housing development proposal in Kelvingrove Park; personal and political corruption at the highest level in Glasgow City Council; and the increasingly frenzied activities of a Glasgow serial killer.
Gallen and DI Adam Ralston engage in a desperate chase to identify the serial killer from the clues he is sending them, in time to stop him from implementing the climax of his campaign of killing.
Calling Cards is a fascinating examination of people under stress. Extremely well-written in a fluid style very easy to read, it is both the story of an increasingly desperate hunt for a Glasgow serial killer, and an examination of how people cope under intense pressure. It marks the arrival of a new and very welcome addition, Gordon Johnston, to the ranks of distinguished Scottish crime writers.
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Title: Calling Cards
Author: Gordon Johnston