Russel D McLean

Russel D Mclean
Russel D McLean is the author of The Good Son and The Lost Sister, featuring Dundee PI, J McNee. McLean’s short stories have been published in a variety of markets including Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazineand the 2007 anthology Expletive Deleted, where ‘Pedro Paul’ was singled out by Publisher’s Weekly as “awesomely dark”. He has previously run the highly regarded noir fiction ezine Crime Scene Scotland, and still reviews crime novels both in print and online (The revamped Crime Scene Scotland review and interview hub can be found at as well as writing a regular column for the International Thriller Writer’s website – He lives in Dundee.
an exceptional talent.” – John Connolly

Books by Russel D McLean

The Lost Sister
Following on from the highly successful debut The Good Son, Russel McLean’s Scottish Private Eye, J McNee, gets drawn into trying to find a missing girl, the god-daughter of local hard man David Burns. “It was Thursday when Connolly asked for my help. He had a story waiting to break. ‘And break big,’ he said. Foresight? Reporter’s instinct? Either way, he didn’t know the half of it…”. A teenage girl, Mary Furst, is missing in Dundee, Scotland’s fourth city. Her godfather is a known criminal and her mother is hiding a dark secret. For Private Investigator J McNee, what starts as a favour for a friend soon becomes a nightmare as he races to find Mary before it’s too late.
“…compelling … an assured and uncompromising tale to whet the appetite of hardcore crime fans.” – The Big Issue
UK and Commonwealth Rights: Five Leaves Publications
US: Thomas Dunne
Pub date: Oct 2009

The Good Son
James Robertson, a local farmer, finds the body of his estranged brother hanging from a tree, an apparent suicide. Daniel’s death may seem self-explanatory, but his brother needs closure. Dundonian private investigator, J. McNee, discovers that Daniel was on the run from a London gangster, the kind of man who doesn’t take kindly to being ripped off. Which is why a pair of vicious London hard men are on the loose in Dundee. With the stench of death in the air and McNee still coming to terms with a tragedy from his own past, the fuse is lit on an explosive set of circumstances that threatens to leave no one alive.
impressive” Library Journal (starred)
Russel D McLean hasn’t only made the British PI credible, he’s updated and honed the genre to a razor-sharp edge … tight, sleek and controlled, with an emotional resonance that is utterly refreshing.
– Ray Banks, author of Beast Of Burden
UK and Commonwealth Rights: Five Leaves Publications
US: Thomas Dunne
Pub date: Nov 2008
Russel D McLean is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Allan –