Midnight in Glasgow, 28th of July 1950: a stolen car drives backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards over a prone, broken body. A mother of two is brutally murdered. Away from her body, on the edge of the pavement, two faux-leather shoes sit innocuously, the first clue for police that this is not just a simple traffic accident.
A family man; a religious devotee, honoured member of the mysterious Plymouth Brethren: more than this, P.C. James Robertson was a man of the law. How can he be connected to a case of this nature?
The involvement of a respectable bobby in an unmarried mother’s murder made for one of the most scandalous High Court trials in Glasgow’s history. The brutal murder and unlikely suspect are only the first striking details of this case, however. Robertson’s performance in the witness box and his total disregard for his eventual fate at the gallows baffled his legal advisers and continues to mystify students of the case even today. A.M. Nicol’s incisive novel stays true to the known facts of the case whilst examining how the blind faith of a devout can co-exist with the cold-blooded indifference of a murderer.
‘Allan Nicol is not only an excellent storyteller, he takes you right into the world in which these real events occurred.’
– Donald Findlay.
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Author: A.M. Nicol