Potter's Field

By Chris Dolan

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Crime novel by established Glasgow novelist and writer for the screen and stage, Chris Dolan. Murdered children raise questions about the government, the church and society at large. The complex intrigue of brutality and corruption is accompanied by the equally complex but very human story of the female procurator fiscal's family background.

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Vagabond Voices

Founded in 2008 and based in Glasgow, Vagabond Voices is an independent publisher that is both Scottish and fervently European in its aims. Vagabond is committed to introducing new titles from Scottish authors and translating fiction from other languages. Our library reflects our aims to promote literary ambition and innovative writers, and to challenge readers.

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In Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park, the bodies of two youths lie with bullet holes in their heads. Hungover, nicotine-starved and ill-attired, procurator fiscal Maddy Shannon attends the scene, unaware that this grim morning is about to spiral out of control. The corpses have been carefully disfigured, perhaps signs of gangland revenge or, worse, ritual slayings. Motives and suspects are hard to find. It soon becomes clear that this disturbing case will hold a mirror to the government, the church and society at large. As the gruesome complexities of the investigation multiply, the fragmented story of Maddy's immigrant ancestors - her grandfather Nono and his Great Adventure - emerges as a counterpoint to brutality and corruption. As she struggles to prove her worth against the darkest side of human nature, we discover the history and heartbreak that created this strong-willed woman. This first crime novel by versatile Scottish author Chris Dolan is written with wit and empathy, and he is unafraid to explore literary themes, making Potter's Field a work concerned as much with home and heritage as it is with violence and intrigue.


It is a novel about Glasgow, told in an intimate voice with a profound knowledge of an exuberant, flawed city.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Vagabond Voices
Publication Date 22 Sep 2014
SKU 9781908251329-grouped
Number of Pages 289

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"Following the tradition of McIlvanney, Dolan draws a hypnotic image of Glasgow as a city haunted by violence, beauty and the weight of its own history. A gorgeous new voice in Tartan Noir.! - Denise Mina "Chris Dolan has turned his considerable talents to crime. The result is a wickedly good, page turning classic cut through with literary bite." - Louise Welsh

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