LONDON HAD SHERLOCK HOLMES. THE DARK ALLEYS OF EDINBURGH HAD INSPECTOR McLEVY. 'DAVID ASHTON IMPECCABLY EVOKES EDINBURGH' Financial Times ELEGANT AND CONVINCING' The Times 'ASHTON IS THE DIRECT HEIR TO ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON' Brian Cox 'EXCELLENT' The Sherlock Holmes Society 'A REAL PAGE-TURNER' Sunday Post 'DRIPPING WITH MELODRAMA AND DERRING-DO' Herald 1887. The streets of Edinburgh seethe with anarchy as two gangs of students rival each other in wild exploits. After a pitched battle between them, an old woman is found savagely battered to death in Leith Harbour. Enter the Thieftaker - Inspector Jame McLevy. With Constable Mulholland at his side, he scours the low dives of the waterfront and then sees the tendrils of the case spread to more respectable nooks and crannies. When the inspector encounters Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in the city to bury his deceased father, the two recognise each other as fellow travellers, observers of the dark side of human nature and both hopeless insomniacs. Glimpses of the murderer indicate a slender, androgynous figure with a silver cane, which is used to lethal effect.
A dancing killer non unlike Mr Edward Hyde. THE INSPECTOR MCLEVY SERIES 1 - Shadow of the Serpent 2 - Fall from Grace 3 - A Trick of the Light 4 - Nor Will He Sleep
David Ashton was born in Greenock in 1941. He studied at Central Drama School, London, from 1964 to 1967, and most recently appeared in The Last King of Scotland. David started writing in 1984 and he has seen many of his plays and TV adaptations broadcast - he wrote early episodes of EastEnders and Casualty, and eleven McLevy series for BBC Radio 4. david-ashton.co.uk