Dark Suits and Sad Songs by Denzil Meyrick

Review published on August 11, 2015.


Dark Suits and Sad Songs is the third in Denzil Meyrick’s DCI Daley series, and it is a gritty, look at crime. To say that DCI Daley is troubled would be to put it very mildly. A senior Edinburgh civil servant has seemingly taken his own life in Kinloch Harbour, whilst to add to Daley’s woes, two low level drug dealers are also dead. It is up to Daley to solve the crime, but his marriage and young child leave him pre-occupied, and his assistant DC Scott is less than his usual helpful self.

Meyrick’s writing style is gritty, but he writes in the vernacular of Scotland, with the language used being as tough and uncompromising as the criminals that Daley hunts down. The novel rockets along at a fair pace, with the 378 pages of the story being devoted to stylistically excellent writing, with forensic research that is both to the point, but also helps to add an extra punch to the narrative. The dialogue is also rich in description, but it may put of some readers who are not used to Scottish language used in this fashion.

I would say that the bad guys are caught, and there is full resolution. Of course, there isn’t. A glib ending would spoil the pacing and the realism of a book of this nature, but after the last page, we leave Daley in a better place than the one we found him in, although only the author will know how long that will last for.

Ben Macnair

Dark Suits and Sad Songs by Denzil Meyrick

Polygon (14 May 2015) pbk


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