Book: The Order - Dark Urban Scottish Crime Story (Parliament House Books Book 2) by John Mayercategories: Book, Mystery, British, Legal, Courtroom, Police Procedural, Detective, Scotland, Crime Thriller
John Mayerabout this book: The Order is the second full length novel in the Parliament House Books series. In war torn West Africa, a child is stolen and used by diamond smugglers as a courier . Fast forward to the West coast of Scotland where Brogan McLane's blood brother Big Joe Mullarkey is arrested under suspicion of smuggling the child, but no-one knows where the child is.Who can McLane believe when all of the evidence against his blood brother is put in front of him? A call from the local Russian Mafia boss puts Brogan and Joanne McLane in a situation that will change their lives forever.
I spent much of my working life in and around the magnificent Parliament House in Edinburgh Scotland. Like Brogan McLane, I came from Glasgow, a very different place, where reality was only too apparent, and something from which there was little escape. When I made my own move to Edinburgh, and the hallowed halls of University and Faculty I became intrigued by the sharp contrast I found between the people, the classes and culture of the two cities. The public perception of judges who know and care nothing for the "real" world and overpaid lawyers whose only aim is self advancement is I found to be sadly, often true. Thankfully I found some of the legal establishment to be honourable, intelligent men and women who spend their lives striving to uphold the finest principles of our legal system. It was the minority that really intrigued me though. The cliques, the secret societies and the cover-ups that were talked about enough to cast deep shadows, but somehow not deep enough to ruin careers.
A life in Parliament House may look very different from most people's lives, but in fact there you see and hear the stuff that we all have to deal with every day. The public come to Parliament House at the very worst and most stressful time of their lives, whether through accident, acrimonious divorce or business disaster.The people and the extraordinary stories there are often stranger than fiction. My American friends were particularly astonished at some of the stories I told them, with names changed to protect the guilty naturally and encouraged me to start putting them down on paper.This led me, many years later to begin writing The Parliament House Books series and I think explains the series popularity in the U.S.A. Brogan McLane is a man who holds the Law in the highest regard, and whilst not entirely conventional is deeply honourable himself and holds those around him to the same high standard. However, his origins in the working class community of Calton in Glasgow mean that he also has a deep and unbreakable tie to those people. People whose circumstances have sometimes led them away from the straight and narrow, but who have their own unshakeable code of honour and brotherhood. Some might view this community as "low life". In my stories I explore how sometimes, the low life are not who you might expect, and show how in fact you often find Low Life in High Places in the Old Town of Edinburgh.
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