ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: April 6, 2011
Shadow of the Serpent
By (author) David Ashton
The first in the McLevy series, this is wonderfully evocative detective fiction, based in dark, violent, Victorian Edinburgh. It’s 1880 and the city is gripped by election fever. But while the rich and educated argue about politics, in the dank wynds of the city it’s a struggle just to stay alive, especially when a murderous madman seems to have resurfaced after 30 years. McLevy is lured into a world of politics, perversion, deception and mystery and into the shadow of the serpent.
Reviews of Shadow of the Serpent
'David Ashton's writing is excellent, his characters thoroughly convincing, and his narrative grabs you … and doesn't let you go' THE SHERLOCK HOLMES SOCIETY OF LONDON 'McLevy is a sort of Victorian Morse with a heart … Ashton impeccably evokes Edinburgh so vividly that you can feel the cold in your bones and the menace of the Old Town s steep cobbles and dark corners' FINANCIAL TIMES
David Ashton was born in Greenock in 1941. He studied at Central Drama School, London, from 1964 to 1967, and most recently appeared in “The Last King of Scotland.” David started writing in 1984 and he has seen many of his plays and TV adaptations broadcast–he wrote early episodes of “EastEnders” and “Casualty,” and seven McLevy series for BBC Radio 4.