15 Miles by Rob Scott. Book review

15 Miles by Rob Scott. Gollancz ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jim McLeod

Detective Samuel ‘Sailor’ Doyle, has transferred from Vice to homicide, bringing with him a drink and drugs problem, brought on by the years of being a vice cop.  He hates himself, he hates the fact that he now has a mistress, and he hates how he is driving his family away. A visit from a Presidential candidate, and the discovery of two corpses at a rundown farm, littered with dead animals, throws the rookie detective on a murder trial that may well spell the end for all. For unbeknownst to Detective Doyle, he is now the carrier of something terrible, could this be revenge from beyond the grave?

Before you naysayers start groaning about another severely damaged cop with a drink and drugs problem, let it be said that Rob Scott has created a brilliant protagonist in Doyle; through the course of the novel you will go from utterly hating the man to grudgingly having respect for the detective. 

This is Rob Scott’s debut solo novel, and it marks the introduction of another gifted author to genre fiction, although the supernatural elements of the story are fleeting and barely touch on the narrative. Personally I would have liked a stronger supernatural aspects to the story. That said this is a good story, well written, and will keep you enthralled right up to the conclusion.

15 Miles by Rob Scott. Gollancz ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jim McLeod

Detective Samuel ‘Sailor’ Doyle, has transferred from Vice to homicide, bringing with him a drink and drugs problem, brought on by the years of being a vice cop.  He hates himself, he hates the fact that he now has a mistress, and he hates how he is driving his family away. A visit from a Presidential candidate, and the discovery of two corpses at a rundown farm, littered with dead animals, throws the rookie detective on a murder trial that may well spell the end for all. For unbeknownst to Detective Doyle, he is now the carrier of something terrible, could this be revenge from beyond the grave?

Before you naysayers start groaning about another severely damaged cop with a drink and drugs problem, let it be said that Rob Scott has created a brilliant protagonist in Doyle; through the course of the novel you will go from utterly hating the man to grudgingly having respect for the detective. 

This is Rob Scott’s debut solo novel, and it marks the introduction of another gifted author to genre fiction, although the supernatural elements of the story are fleeting and barely touch on the narrative. Personally I would have liked a stronger supernatural aspects to the story. That said this is a good story, well written, and will keep you enthralled right up to the conclusion.