Written by: Peter Turnbull
Produced by: BBC 4 Radio
This deftly written procedural realistically captures the life of modern Glasgow and the men who keep law and order there. A young cop on the beat finds a body laid out, with the head hacked off and neatly left on the chest of the torso. No clues to the victim's identity are available, but several peculiar aspects of the crime cause the detectives of Glasgow's P Division to conclude that some sort of ritual murder has occurred.
For one thing, the victim was washed and dressed in new clothes after death and moved to the spot where he was found. Dogged police work reveals that the dead man is Samuel Lurinski, an accountant with a blameless past. The investigation into why and how he was killed leads Detective-Inspector Donoghue and his men to a fashionable nightspot and its rather unsavory owner, a woman dying of AIDS, the city's Chinese community, and a series of arson cases dating back over several years.
The ending takes a satisfyingly unusual turn. Turnbull (The Claws of the Gryphon ) writes realistically and without sentiment about his cops, interesting the reader in their lives without glamorizing them. In the well-filled ranks of procedurals this is a superior specimen.
Robert Carlyle, Martin McCardie, Crawford Logan, Jake D'Arcy
Peter Turnbull’s Glaswegian cops investigate a corpse discovered on Maryhill Road. Stars Martin McCardie and Crawford Logan.
A headless body puzzles the Glaswegian cops – there’s not a speck of blood on it. Stars Crawford Logan and Robert Carlyle.
Police probe an accountant’s killing in Glasgow. Why was Samuel Lurinsky decapitated? Stars Martin McCardie and Jake D’Arcy.
Glaswegian detective Donoghue closes in on Lurinsky’s killer – but where is he? Stars Crawford Logan and Robert Carlyle.