Simon McLean was born in 1950’s Glasgow and raised in the Possilpark scheme. As a child he was forced to cross the cities religious divide, and avoiding the dangers of the ‘Old Firm’ became a lifelong ‘Jags’ man. Whilst working in the Clyde shipyards he sustained a serious football injury, and had to reconsider his future. He then found himself in Campbeltown, Argyll as a rookie Police officer. He very quickly made Detective, transferred to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute and in short order joined the elite Serious Crime Squad.
First as a murder squad detective, and ultimately an accomplished surveillance expert, he moved on to other establishment roles further afield, and still widely consults and trains in that field today. He has a grown up family and supports the Cystic Fibrosis Trust having lost a daughter to that disease in 2011, and still coaches football, albeit at the walking pace. His memoir The Ten Percent is his debut novel which attempts to give us an insight into the lives of those tasked with upholding the laws of the land over the last four decades.
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