Follow the Dead

Lin Anderson

4.11 based on 229 ratings & 35 reviews on

2018 Nominee

The McIlvanney Prize Scottish Crime Book of the Year

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10 August 2017
464 pages

Longlisted for the 2018 McIlvanney Prize.

Follow the Dead is the thrilling twelfth book in Lin Anderson's Rhona MacLeod series.

On holiday in the Scottish Highlands, forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod joins a mountain rescue team on Cairngorm summit, where a mysterious plane has crash-landed on the frozen Loch A’an. Added to that, a nearby climbing expedition has left three young people dead, with a fourth still missing.

Meanwhile in Glasgow, DS McNab’s raid on the Delta Club produces far more than just a massive haul of cocaine. Questioning one of the underage girls found partying with the city’s elite reveals she was smuggled into Scotland via Norway, and it seems the crashed plane in the Cairngorms may be linked to the club. But before McNab can discover more, the girl is abducted.

Joined by Norwegian detective Alvis Olsen, who harbours disturbing theories about how the two cases are connected with his homeland, Rhona searches for the missing link. What she uncovers is a dark underworld populated by ruthless people willing to do anything to ensure the investigation dies in the frozen wasteland of the Cairngorms . . .

All in all this is a scintillating read, and whether you are already an Anderson fan or have never picked up one of her books I would recommend spending some time with Follow The Dead – though you might need a blanket handy to deal with the chills


Shades of The Wicker Man, with a touch of Agatha Christie. Superb

Daily Mail

The bleak landscape is beautifully described, giving this popular series a new lease of life

The Sunday Times