He Who Pays The Piper
This is the first book in a series featuring my Scots hero, Ridge Walker.
Ridge Walker is a hedonistic young Scot in a desperate race with the devil across Central America. Consumed by guilt at his inability to save Orla, his beautiful and wild Irish wife, after their turbulent marriage went off like a bomb, literally, he then throws himself headlong into a naive attempt to rescue his Mexican girlfriend from the clutches of The Crocodile, possibly the most dangerous man south of Tijuana.
As his hold on life becomes increasingly precarious, he miraculously overcomes encounters with a rich cavalcade of characters oozing out from under the festering sore of everyday life on the run. After surviving a death squad by playing a bizarre game of football with them his luck finally runs out and he feels the callous wrath of Mexico’s most feared drug cartel.
Nothing is what it seems.
Survival demands that he trusts those around him but as Ridge sinks deeper into a murky web of international evil, he battles a past that is still ahead of him and learns the hard way that redemption doesn’t come cheap. Pursued by government agents, terrorists, drug cartels and a mysterious phantom spewed up from the swamps of the ‘Irish Problem,’ Ridge must be willing to die before he can get to the ultimate truth. In doing so he finds allies in unlikely guises but also discovers those dear to him play to a far deadlier tune than he could have ever imagined.
The Piper’s Lament
You would think Ridge might have learned his lesson by now. But no, not our guy.
In this explosive sequel, Ridge Walker is once again plunged into an exotic world, this time it’s 4000 miles away in the humid hills of Northern Pakistan. During his daring quest to rescue a friend he is held captive by merciless terrorists and with his life swinging in the balance and time running out fast, he must choose just who to trust before everything he holds dear is cruelly snatched away from him.
Find out what happens next in The Piper’s Lament
The Devil You Know
No amount of money can disguise the fact that wealthy twenty-eight year old Lachlan Maclean is physically and morally repugnant to all who know him.
A broken human being and a killer, only a sick mind such as his could think up the experiment that he calls The Project. His aim is to excavate the deep depravity of the human condition, to create a grisly televised record of the true blackness at the centre of our bestial heart. The ultimate reality show.
Instead Lachie unearths a treasure trove of spontaneous and unaffected joy and light. For the first time in his wretched existence he feels the power and the beauty of genuine love and perhaps even a chance at redemption.
But the beast had been lurking in the shadows after all, a brooding evil borne of one of mankind’s blackest nights.
Now in a dark race against time and tormented by the forces of good and evil, Lachie is possibly the only man on earth who can save his precious new family.
The Devil You Know is a page-turning contemporary thriller
and a stark portrait of an unlikely hero.
The Piper’s Promise
This time Ridge is in Japan and it’s personal.
When Thad is arrested for a series of murders he didn’t commit on the wrong side of the planet, Ridge Walker must find the real killer in order to prove his best friend’s innocence. But as Ridge crosses swords with a merciless adversary and the savage ethos of centuries of warrior culture, the death toll speeds up and the seemingly random slayings take on a laser-sharp accuracy slicing ever closer to those he loves.
Two worlds collide in this race against time. As he sinks deeper into the macabre quagmire of a sick and vengeful mind Ridge begins to realise the full horror that awaits him.
They say ‘the apple never falls far from the tree’ and it’s going to be a bitter harvest this season.
The Loss Report
A tale of loyalty, betrayal, love and hate.
An ex-assassin thought he’d found sanctuary in his Chilean vineyard. He was wrong.
‘Colm lowered his gun and looked up to see clouds appearing from nowhere. He knew it would happen one day. He’d brought the Ulster rain to this sun-drenched valley.’
Ridge Walker’s much-needed family holiday quickly turns into a nail-biting adventure in terror as he and Orla battle for their lives against myriad foes who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the assassin’s bible, The Loss Report.
The Devil Inside
‘There’s bodies raining from the sky and the city is tearing itself in two…’
A decade after the events on Gruinard Island, Lachlan Maclean thought he’d succeeded in making a better life for himself and his young family. But he was mistaken.
First, it was the desperate homeless and pitiful junkies, who had seemingly jumped from drab Glasgow sky-scrapers. Callous indifference was the reaction from a city struggling to make sense of the global pandemic.
When an asylum-seeker was next, followed by a promising young para-athlete, it became obvious they’d been thrown to their deaths. There was only mild interest from the media.
Glasgow had more important things to think about, it was the start of the football season.
But when fans of bitter rivals, Celtic and Rangers, suffer a similarly gruesome fate, the city finally wakes up to the fact there is a maniac on the loose.
Now the city is in an uproar. Violent crime and mass disorder events spiral into anarchy, the papers start screaming for answers, yet the police have no leads.
It’s time for an unholy alliance to return to the blood-splattered streets of Glasgow.
A millionaire albino killer, an ice-blonde assassin, an ex-gang boss and a retired police inspector are forced to work together to battle a foe who will stop at nothing to satisfy a thirst for revenge.
What others have said about the Lachlan Maclean series:
The Devil You Know
‘A flawed and cynical character, Lachie is not your typical hero, but Alex Breck is going for something deeper than a crime novel – a statement about society – that had me hooked until the end.’
‘I would definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for something a little bit different.’
The Devil Inside
‘Full of action and tension, this is a good read and I look forward to reading more.’
‘Great, well-written and developed book!’
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