Lin Anderson

02 April 2020
288 pages


Seventeen years ago, she gave up her newborn son. Could it be his dead body at the scene? Driftnet is a thrilling, fast-paced crime novel by Lin Anderson and is the first novel in the series featuring forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod.

'One of the most satisfying characters in modern crime fiction' – Daily Mail

Summoned in the early hours of the morning to a Glasgow flat, forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod is confronted by a horrific crime scene. A teenage boy has been found mutilated and strangled to death by a vicious killer.

But her grim task of scanning for evidence is made even more unsettling than normal by the boy’s remarkable resemblance to her – and by the fact that she gave up a baby boy for adoption all those years ago . . .

Overcome by guilt, Rhona sets out to find the boy’s killer and establish whether the young victim is her long-lost child. Soon, she finds herself immersed in an investigation seeking to expose the dark underworld of Glasgow as it preys on the young and vulnerable. And, as the case builds, it becomes clear that some very powerful men have a lot to lose if Rhona succeeds – and everything to gain if she dies . . .

'The best Scottish crime series since Rebus' – Daily Record

Driftnet is the first in the brutal, thrilling investigations of forensic scientist Rhona Macleod. Continue the series with Torch.

Forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod has become one of the most satisfying characters in modern crime fiction — honourable, inquisitive and yet plagued by doubts and, sometimes, fears . . . As ever, the landscape is stunningly evoked and MacLeod’s decency and humanity shine through on every page
The best Scottish crime series since Rebus
The bleak landscape is beautifully described, giving this popular series a new lease of life