his first novel by the comics writer Morrison is set in 1932. Jimmy Dreghorn is a police inspector charged with keeping the peace in Glasgow’s toughest neighbourhoods. A veteran of the Great War, he is brought face to face with his past after a body is hauled out of the Clyde with its throat cut. The dead man had married into a wealthy shipbuilding dynasty and Dreghorn was once, years earlier, the widow’s bit of rough. Further killings follow as he struggles to find the murderer.
A hugely impressive debut, let us hope Morrison puts aside the comic writing for a while so lucky readers can return to Glasgow in the company of his wonderful creations.