Killing the Father is a classic crime thriller set in Gangland Glasgow. The Family, a collective of crime families, led by an unknown Father figure, carries out a series of murders. Two key suspects emerge: one, a previous Glasgow Godfather who became a celebrity author and the other, a Glasgow University professor with an interest in urban conflict. John Murphy, erstwhile psychosleuth, is ‘encouraged’ out of health retirement by his ex-wife, DCI Paula McInnes, who heads the investigation into the murders. They pursue this man who manipulates the Glasgow mob to do his killing. The kidnapping of a local PC and the threat of his murder brings together the mob and official forces, police and MI5, and politicians, national and local, to save his life. Can any of these bodies be trusted, however, where greed and a desire of power override an ordinary police officer’s right to survive?
Killing the Father is a strong psychological drama, spanning political, criminal and official divides. John Murphy must seek and destroy the Father. However, while suffering mental illness with godly delusions, he takes on the role himself, leading the Family down a different road, where the struggle between opposing forces of good and evil play out on the streets of Glasgow. Ultimately, Killing the Father, becomes an inevitable consequence. Meanwhile, McInnes breaks through that glass ceiling to become Assistant Chief Constable and emerges as a strong counter balance against the Glasgow mob. Can her professional boundaries, however, prevent her being drawn into the mob’s power dynamics.
Killing the Father is about power, the use and abuse of power, in one of the most incendiary cities in the world. The converging, evolving and shocking unexpected plot lines drive the novel in a breathless pursuit, delving into the depths of the human experience and psyche, towards a conclusion guaranteed to both shock and surprise.