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  • Published: 18 June 2024
  • ISBN: 9781787634954
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $38.00

In a Place of Darkness

The haunting and darkly entertaining new novel from the number one Sunday Times bestselling author and 'one of this country's finest crime writers' (Daily Mail).


Detective Constable Angus MacVicar has just landed his dream job – transferred out of uniform and assigned to Oldcastle’s biggest ongoing murder investigation: Operation Telegram, hunting the 'Fortnight Killer'.

Every two weeks another couple is targeted. One victim is left at the scene, their corpse used as a twisted message board. The second body is never seen again.

This should be the perfect chance for Angus to prove himself, but instead of working on the investigation’s front line, he’s lumbered with the forensic psychologist from hell. A sarcastic know-it-all American, on loan from the FBI, who seems determined to alienate everyone while dragging Angus into a shadowy world of conspiracies, lies, and violence.

It’s been twelve days since the Fortnight Killer last struck, and the investigation’s running out of time. Angus's shiny new job might just be the death of him…

  • Published: 18 June 2024
  • ISBN: 9781787634954
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $38.00

About the author

Stuart MacBride

Stuart MacBride is the Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels. He's also published standalones, novellas, and short stories, as well as a slightly twisted children's picture book for slightly twisted children.

Stuart lives in the northeast of Scotland with his wife Fiona, cats Gherkin, Onion and Beetroot, some hens, some horses, and an impressive collection of assorted weeds.

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Praise for In a Place of Darkness

Praise for Stuart MacBride


Dark and gripping. A riveting page-turner.

Independent on Sunday

Skilful storytelling ... both intriguing and engrossing.


Stuart MacBride is an automatic must-read for me... always fast, hard, authentic – and different.

Lee Child

One of this country’s finest crime writers.

Daily Mail

MacBride is a damned fine writer.

Peter James

Unmissable ... Superb storytelling.


A terrific writer.

The Times

Crime fiction of the highest order.

Mark Billingham

Dark and brilliantly written.

Linwood Barclay

Deft plotting and whipcrack dialogue, a must read.

Peter Robinson

A cocktail of dark violence and even darker humour.

Jane Casey

MacBride’s thrillers just keep getting better.


The pages turn effortlessly. His best work yet.


MacBride is the master at taking you to a place which you think cannot get any darker, and then turning the lights off.

Peter James

Stuart MacBride has become synonymous with superb storytelling, fearless imagination and dry wit in his galloping crime thrillers.


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