AFTER A DEAD DOG by Colin Murray



A Scottish writer still entranced by an old flame is drawn into her family’s murderous dysfunction.

A dinner with the Crawford family, incisively described by narrator Iain Lewis, features brittle sniping between patriarch Peter and his wife Margaret. At Margaret’s funeral a quick dozen years later, Iain reconnects with Peter and Margaret’s daughter Carole, his first love, and with her brother Martin and her husband Duncan. Iain, once a promising poet and the darling of academia, has settled for an unchallenging but lucrative career as a screenwriter. But it’s Carole who creates a perfect scene when she drops the news that her late mother killed her father years ago. Now trouble begins to simmer for Iain. Duncan, recognizing him as a romantic rival, secretly spikes his drinks. He’s stopped by a belligerent cop who claims he’s been driving erratically and threatens to arrest him. He nearly runs over a dead deer in the road. Someone breaks into his home, steals nothing, but leaves an expensive briefcase in his desk. Then comes the worst: While enjoying some stolen moments with Carole on the beach, Iain discovers the murdered body of Danny McGovern, a pub pal he’d chatted with at the funeral. Is Duncan right to be alarmed about Iain, or should Iain be wary around Carole?

An elaborately written debut with atmosphere aplenty.

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-7867-1961-3
Page count: 320pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2007


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