James Oswald is the author of the Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The first five, Natural Causes, The Book of Souls, The Hangman's Song, Dead Men's Bones and Prayer for the Dead are available as Penguin paperbacks and ebooks. He has also written an epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, which is published by Penguin, as well as comic scripts and short stories. In his spare time he runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep.
Creepy, gritty and gruesome * Sunday Mirror * Crime fiction's next big thing * The Sunday Telegraph * The new Ian Rankin * Daily Record * Oswald's writing is in a class above most in this genre * Daily Express * The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish * The Herald * Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers * Daily Mail * Fifty Shades of Hay * The Times * Hugely enjoyable * The Mirror * Literary sensation . . . James' overnight success has drawn comparisons with the meteoric rise of E L James and her Fifty Shades of Grey series * Daily Mail *