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Detective Sergeant Thomas Hutton is back in a stark and brutal portrayal of a police officer on the edge and a killer in control.The Plague Of Crows plants his victims in a forest clearing, bound to chairs embedded in the ground. The lucky ones die quickly, the tops of their skulls missing, birds feeding on the flesh inside.DS Hutton lives on the side of a Scottish mountaiDetective Sergeant Thomas Hutton is back in a stark and brutal portrayal of a police officer on the edge and a killer in control.The Plague Of Crows plants his victims in a forest clearing, bound to chairs embedded in the ground. The lucky ones die quickly, the tops of their skulls missing, birds feeding on the flesh inside.DS Hutton lives on the side of a Scottish mountain, only coming down for weekly psychiatric sessions in town. But this new serial killer forces Hutton to end his sick leave and return to duty in Glasgow.As the months pass and the police remain clueless in the face of the horrors perpetrated by the most inhuman serial killer of his time, Hutton finds himself haunted by his past and plummeting further and further into a desperate world of sex, alcohol and guilt. And while he has no idea where to look for the Plague of Crows, the killer knows exactly where to find him…...

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ISBN : 18709219
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Number of Pages : 481 Pages
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a plague of crows Reviews

  • Nigel Bird
    2019-03-17 17:22

    This is my first Hutton novel, but not my first Doug Lindsay book – that pleasure went to his most excellent creation, Barney Thomson. For those of you who have read the work from the Barney series (and if you haven’t you should), you’ll be aware of the amazing shades of darkness that Lindsay can create as well as the tremendous use of humour and character that are as much part of the sandwich as the butter and the bread.What’s different about the Hutton story in ‘The Plague Of Crows’ is that it exists in the more mainstream world of the police procedural, not that it’s an entirely conventional setting.For the fans of the police detective and the ins and outs of the process of finding a killer, there’s plenty here that will satisfy the appetite. There’s also a huge amount more that is likely to leave fans of the genre expecting something extra from their next choice, simply because of the extra layers and dimensions Lindsay offers.Hutton has been rediscovering himself after a suspension from the force, a suspension brought on by his super-strong sexual desire, his lack of care for what others think about him, his love of danger and his hard-as-nails fists. He’s spent his time in a tent in the Scottish countryside and has reached a place of inner-peace, giving up the women, the cigarettes and the booze. When he’s called back into operation to help out on a very particular case, it’s inevitable that he’s going to find his way back to his old habits and that things will spiral out of control. Him being an ex-war journalist who has seen plenty, it’s also easy to find some sympathy with him for his unabridged behaviours.The thing is, the case is hugely different to most you’ll come across. More macabre and intelligent than the majority of those you’ll find in other novels. It involves woodland and crows, saws and cement and a very particular kind of psychopath. I’d tell you more, but think you should find out for yourself. I found it hilarious and disturbing in equal measure – the humour of the situation seems to magnify the power of the crime and to allow for such barbarity to become palatable.In terms of the plot, the journey is one you should take for yourselves. What I can offer here is to suggest that you’re likely to fall completely for the first-person voice that has no frontal-lobe editing and moulding phrases and thoughts into the politically correct. His ideas might have had me cringing, but also got me laughing at the way he seems able to say things with elements to which I couldn’t help identify (damn). There are lots of laughs, but that doesn’t mean this book doesn’t have a deeper thrust. There’s also the tension and mystery that you’d want from any book. It leaves plenty to be thought about and should take enough hold that you’ll likely to have with you for a good while after finishing; the book’s still with me and I can imagine I’ll have it lurking around for a good while yet.This novel emphases my notion that Douglas Lindsay is a fine Scottish export that should be hailed in the same way as whisky, Rankin, haggis, tartan and those Jimmy hats that you can pick up from the Royal Mile.Super stuff.

  • Keith Nixon
    2019-03-20 19:36

    A Plague of Crows is the second of Lindsay’s police procedural novels with Edinburgh cop, DS Thomas Hutton at the helm. Lindsay is best known for his Barney Thomson series. At the outset Hutton, usually hellbent on drinking and screwing himself into an early grave, is on a health kick, living in a tent at the foot of a Scottish mountain after being suspended for fighting with a colleague. He’d been having an affair with the man’s wife. Hutton has been undergoing psychological evaluation and, despite being classified as mentally unfit for service, with the ghosts of his past trying to be heard, is recalled after a particularly brutal murder.And so begins the hunt for the killer called The Plague Of Crows. The person employs a particularly nasty method of taking lives – kidnapping apparently unrelated victims – a reporter, a copper and a social worker – and after a gruesome process attracting crows to finish them off. The police are baffled and have no idea where and when the next victim might appear – the murderer is meticulous in their planning and execution. The Plague Of Crows then strikes for a second time, placing three more bodies in an isolated wood, but on this occasion recording everything for posterity and releasing it on social media, sending the press and public into a frenzy.I thoroughly enjoyed Plague Of Crows. It’s another superb example of Scottish crime noir. There are a number of elements to highlight. The writing is excellent. Sharp, fast paced, gripping. The author manages to be economical with his words, yet delivers a very strong story.There’s the characterisation. Hutton himself is excellent. He’s naked (often literally) in his pursuit of the opposite sex. He enjoys a drink and has quite a few demons from his past that he refuses to face. He admits to not being the most professional of coppers. Paperwork? He couldn’t even spell the word. And by the time the investigation is just halfway through he’s back to caffeine, drinking and womanising. Yet, despite all that, he’s dilligent in his pursuit of the bad guys. He could easily give up, but won’t. I also like the fact he’s a sergeant. Often we work with the senior officers in stories such as these – ambition drives all.Talking of officers, next is Hutton’s boss, DCI Taylor. Quite the opposite to his DS he’s a thinker married to the job. And there’s the recently appointed Superintendent Connor. He’s a complete arse, the worst kind of boss and one that most of us have experienced. I developed a real dislike for the guy. In general the characters are likeable and easy to associate with and, except the killer, I was happy to spend time with them.As most of the novel is written from a first person perspective through the DS’s eyes he is able to throw out acerbic one-liners about people and activities. They’re wry and often funny. And there’s a good sense of humour running through the novel too, despite its generally grim contents.It takes the police a long time to finally track down the perpetrator, they’re frustrated and know they’re virtually powerless to act. And this comes across too in the story (and not in a Harry Potter, search for the horcrux fashion either).Ultimately there’s little to criticise here. Lindsay is an accomplished author as Plague Of Crows illustrates.Originally reviewed for Crime Fiction Lover.

  • Josh
    2019-03-09 21:36

    The second police procedural in the DS Thomas Hutton series pits the complex and downtrodden lawman against a brutal serial killer with a penchant for public violence in the most macabre fashion.Hutton, living as a recluse in the woods following a mandatory leave of absence from the force is brought back into the modern world where he's reinstated to capture a killer who's sadistic nature is like nothing the police have seen. The victims taken to a secluded woodland area, are cemented in place, tied to a chair, and the tops of their skull removed, leaving exposed brain matter for the circling crows. More horrific - the victims are forced to watch one another as the hungry birds land and devour their gruesome meal. As the slowly dying cant feel their life being taken away bite by bite, the onlookers and fellow victims watch in horror. This story is not for the fainthearted. In THE UNBURIED DEAD (book #1) we were introduced to Hutton's womanizing ways and uncompromising investigative prowess, and this instalment is no different despite the added characterisation and backstory applied to Hutton. His time in Bosnia is fleshed out with the events a major factor on his current day self. This added another level of depth to a series that is reminiscent of McBain's 87th precinct (in terms of characters and varied plots).Like the Barney Thomson books, author Douglas Lindsay ensures there is a healthy dose of humour to balance out the serious nature of the disturbing killings. I was at once cringing at the horror of the murders and then laughing from Hutton's interactions with the finer sex. It takes a talented author to pull off such a seamless switch of gears and Douglas Lindsay is just that.I'm looking forward to reading more entertaining cases featuring Thomas Hutton. As for A PLAGUE OF CROWS, it's an essential read for those who are familiar with the character from the first book and fans of the Barney Thomson series. This review also appears on my blog: http://justaguythatlikes2read.blogspo...

  • Tom Greer
    2019-03-07 20:19

    I read the first book in the Thomas Hutton series and thought that was worth 5 stars. The reason I gave this one star less was because in the previous novel Douglas Lindsay's portrayal of Thomas Hutton was note perfect but now he seems to have moved the character into DS Bruce Robertson of Irvine Welsh / Filth fame which I think is a mistake.However, that aside, the character is very well written (in the first person), VERY dark yet VERY funny and really, REALLY grusome in places

  • Woofas
    2019-03-19 19:24

    I found this book very enthralling. The story rolls along at a good pace with interest maintained by the history of the "hero" and the relationships/politics between other police officers. The build up is both gripping & surprising. However I then found the last moments of the finale to be rather a let down and rather unbelievable. The chapter detailing the so called explanation/confession was rather baffling and left me rather in the air.

  • Mysticpt
    2019-03-10 21:47

    i recently finished and i have to say i enjoyed it even more than the first one. the crimes are gruesome (some of the strangest i have read) but the backstory we learn about Hutton is tragic and heartbreakingly brutal. talk about a protagonist with demons. glad to hear there will be a third book, looking forward to it!

  • julia cosgrove
    2019-02-21 18:34

    Once again fantastic actually laughed out loud at numerous points throughout.A definite five stars. Brilliant writing a great sense of humour. Felt like I was literally going insane laughing out loud then being self conscious enough to glance round...I live on my own!! Would definitely recommend to others..

  • Kathy
    2019-03-13 16:35

    I enjoyed the first book in this Hutton series by Douglas Lindsay, but I liked this even better because Hutton's complexities and background are more thoroughly explored. It is a riveting story but not for the faint of heart; It's graphic in more ways than one. It's also a police procedural unlike any other I've read.

  • Miss Dizzy Read
    2019-03-10 00:48

    A bit darker than the first, but still up there with a good thriller.Did think I'd missed one of the series mind, as there seemed to be an event that happened with a colleague that had him suspended in the beginning of the book, found that a bit strange, didn't seem to follow on from last book.

  • Julie
    2019-03-17 16:33

    I love the "voice" of this series although I have become more than a little tired of serial killer stories. Especially serial killers stories where the copper/detective ends up in the sights of the killer.

  • Emma Mcintyre
    2019-03-14 00:41

    excellent, more please.

  • Sue
    2019-02-28 19:35

    Fantastic book if slightly gory! Loved the flaws in the main character.