LONGLISTED FOR THE CWA DAGGERS FIRST NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF THE BRADFORD LITERATURE FESTIVAL NORTHERN NOIR CRIME NOVEL AWARD
CHOSEN BY VAL MCDERMID AS ONE OF THREE TOP PICKS FOR NEW CRIME FICTION AT BLOODY
‘Cuddies Strip is a wonderful novel. I read it with a tear in my eye. I could hardly bear to read the
ending but it was beautiful.’ – Cathi Unsworth, novelist
Two young sweethearts, Danny Kerrigan and Marjory Fenwick, walk home along the Cuddies Strip, a lover’s lane on the outskirts of Perth.
Suddenly, two shots ring out. Eighteen-year-old Danny slumps to the ground. Seventeen-year-old Marjory flees, but is chased, caught, and brutally assaulted.
What follows is an investigation which shook the quiet city of Perth.
The local rural police force treat Marjory with suspicion, subjecting her to humiliating medical and legal inquiries. The community shun and ignore her. Only two policemen believe and support Marjory – the old Inspector Victor Conoboy, and new young Constable Bob Kelty. Together, they conduct a dogged and determined investigation, navigating the weeds of ingrained prejudices and bias to pursue the offender and catch him before he strikes again.
Cuddies Strip vividly envisions the beautiful Perthshire countryside, the city itself as it was in the 1930’s, and the final dramatic denouement set in a grand Edinburgh court.
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