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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Meet Allan Linton ... a detective with a difference.

It’s not exactly L.A. But dead bodies are the same wherever they turn up.

Allan Linton became a private detective by pure chance. He may not follow the rules, but he always gets the job done. Until he's hired to track down a missing girl.

All he's got to go on is an old photo and the help – and hindrance – of the city's big
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Published July 19th 2018 by Black & White Publishing
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Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, William A. Graham, and Black & White Publishing for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

William A. Graham seeks to impress with his debut novel, set in the heart of Scotland, with an interesting investigative twist. Allan Linton is a private investigator with a great deal of sleuthing experience. Before grabbing his magnifying glass and tweed coat, he worked as an investigative re
Whispering Stories
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Allan Linton lives and works as a Private Detective in Dundee, Scotland. One afternoon he is visited by a mysterious man who asks Linton to find a young woman for a large sum of money. He is given a lump sum upfront and £5000 to follow when he has information on where she is.

The man only has a photograph to go on of a young blond girl in a school uniform, though Linton is informed that the girl is actually a brunette and that her name is Tina L
Linda Strong
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meet Allan Linton, accidental Private Investigator and his Associate Niddrie. When a well dressed man walks into the office of Allan Linton & Associates, he hands over a picture of a young girl dressed in a school uniform. The man offers a fee that Allan just can't justify turning down.

But the new client isn't who he says he is ... and the girl he's looking for isn't who he says she is. Quite a conundrum for Allan and Niddrie.

It becomes even more interesting when a dead body turns up.

This is the
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vermin, the first novel to feature Dundee based PI Allan Linton, is a superb piece of crime fiction with all the bells and whistles required to keep a reader enthralled. I couldn't put it down and found myself finishing it in a single gripping sitting. It has a solid, unpredictable plot aided by the twists and surprises throughout, and as the narrative is solely from Allan's perspective it's easy to follow and immerse yourself in. The humour interspersed within the pages is quite amusing and bri ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC. Review to follow soon :)
The Cats’ Mother
Vermin is a brilliant private investigator story set in Dundee, by a debut author who has created a wonderful hero in Allan Linton, so I hope that this is just the beginning of a series. Linton reminded me of Robert Crais’ detective Elvis Cole, which is a good thing as that’s one of my favourite series.

Allan Linton, who used to be a crime journalist but now runs his own investigative company, and his associate, the mysterious Niddrie, are asked by a wealthy client to track down a young woman wit
Elaine Tomasso
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Netgalley and Black and White Publishing for an advance copy of Vermin, the first novel to feature Dundee based PI Allan Linton.

When Mr Carter offers Allan Linton a substantial amount and even more on completion to find a young woman called Tina Lamont who hails from Dundee but has disappeared he takes the job despite the only clue being a photograph of her in school uniform. Enlisting the help of his associate, Niddrie, he sets to work but it's like looking for a needle in
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Allan Linton may be a 'new' character in detective-land, I certainly hope to read more about him and his 'adventures'. What a wonderful read for readers who love mysterys set in Scotland. You can almost hear Allan talking, and certainly thinking.
Of course, finding a missing girl is never easy, and especially not when she really wants to disappear, but not for the obvious reasons. Allan and his associate Niddrie are a strange but very effective team so the reader needn't be surprised they take ex
Heath Henwood
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By William A. Graham

Here is a very different private detective story – enjoyably so!

William Graham has written an engaging and easy to read mystery story.

As a reader we are not overloaded with characters, which allows Graham to develop some depth into the characters, showing a human story to them with short backfilling history asides.

The Plot centres around private detective Allan Linton, who generally makes up the rules as he progresses. This time he is hired to track down a missing girl
Donna Maguire

This book is excellent!!

I really enjoyed the plot and they are right with the tag line – Allan Linton certainly is “a detective with a difference”. I thought he had a great personality, some brilliant lines in the book and a great way of working that made the book really exciting.

I was hooked as soon as I started reading and I enjoyed the setting very much. I fond the book to be an addictive read and I flew through the pages and before I knew it I was over
Angela H.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley for sharing this book with me for a honest review.

To summarize my review in one sentence, the author crafted a well balanced plot without the drama. This is one of the best, "cozy-mystery" book I have read.

1. The story is elaborated from one plot of finding Tina. Through his good and questionable connections, private investigator finishes the job!

2. I loved how well the story flowed. It was such a coherent read. I simply could not put the book down.

3. It was a fast paced r
Jo Ann
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a joy it was to read this book.

Set in Dundee Scotland Vermin is a p.i. novel,( private investigator novel) or, as it says on the door, "Allan Linton and Associates, Inquiry Agents." It starts, as all good detective novels do, with a stranger walking in wanting to find someone and so begins the hunt for Miss Lamont.

Niddrie is a man of few words, a past he doesn't open up about and just why does he go to the library so much? Allan Linton is a former crime reporter who is now working as a p.i
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Allan Linton was a journalist but by pure chance he is now a private investigator. He works with a guy named Niddrie. The camaraderie and rapport between these two is very entertaining. You can't help liking them. A man called Carter gives them an old photograph and asked to track this girl down. Calling in favours he finally tracks the girl down but his troubles have only just begun. His family is threatened and now he has to call in some very big favours. He needs to protect the girl and his d ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read the synopsis for ‘Vermin’ and I was immediately intrigued. It sounded just my kind of read. I was not to be disappointed as I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.
I couldn’t help but take to Allan Linton, who is the main character in this book. He is a former crime reporter on his local newspaper, who has put his investigative skills to other uses and he is now a private investigator. His main case is to find a missing girl called Tina Lamont. Only it’s not a straightforward c
A. H.  Joy
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hello, hello friends! I hope your Christmases were merry and bright and filled with big, beautiful books.
Today’s post-holiday book review is brought to you by NetGalley and Black & White Publishing. The book is Vermin by William A. Graham, available on March 1st, 2019.

Okay, so for any of who you don’t know, I love Ireland and Scotland. They are on my bucket list to visit, though I approach this with some trepidation, as there’s a good chance I may never make the return trip if I actually go. J
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
When I first saw this book on Netgalley, I was thoroughly intrigued. I then forgot about it, then I saw it on my shelf and went oh gosh I need to read that ASAP. I then started and I was a bit let down at the beginning. I nearly DNF'd it, but I was intrigued by the storyline of who Tina Lamont really was, and I knew I was still invested in knowing the outcome of this book. I knew if I DNF'd this book, it would eat me alive to not know what happened in the end. I'm actually really glad I didn't D ...more
Kelly Lacey
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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This new crime fiction thriller brought to us by William A. Graham was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Set in the heart of Dundee, we meet PI Allan Linton and his associate Niddrie.

For me, the book is merely a very scrumptious taster of what is yet to come, it’s like William A Graham is leading us gently by the hand as we get introduced to important characters and the backstory between their connection to Linton. Letting us get the lay of the la
jeff popple
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank NetGalley and Black and White Publishing for providing a copy of this book.

This new addition to Scottish noir is a very engaging read. Allan Linton used to be a journalist on the only major paper in Dundee, but after a dispute with the owners he is now a private detective with a lot of time on his hands. When an expensively dressed, well-spoken Englishman walks into his office and asks him to find a young woman named Tina Lamont who may have once lived in Dundee, he is init
Lael Braday
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The prologue introduces low-level, low-brow politician Henry Lewis, who’s interrupted in his back alley business when his intended victim Davie is rescued. Allan Linton fell into the PI business after a newspaper takeover, and he pulled strong, silent street avenger Niddrie in as his “and Associates.” A mysterious man calling himself Carter hires them to find a woman in a photograph whose name is likely an alias. Then dear reader goes through a flashback on the rise and fall of Allan’s marriage ...more
Hannelore Cheney
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Black & White Publishing for the eARC.
Allan Linton, former crime journalist, now a Private Detective in Dundee, Scotland, is visited by an Englishman from London who hires him to find a young woman who originally came from Dundee. With just a picture and a name, Allan and his associate are facing an impossible task. But with the help of some of Allan's good friends the case slowly progresses and they manage to find the woman, with some surprising and dangerous twists.
I li
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I found this book really easy to read from the start and the author has set the main action around Dundee which makes a nice change as I have never read a book set there.

The story is about Alan Linton, how he became a private detective and his background including family life. He then got a visit from a man looking for a missing girl that he believes come from Dundee and he is given a name. That is only the information available. He takes the case on and makes enquiries.

Unfortunately Alan can f
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is always good to find a debut from an author and find it such a pleasurable read. Allan Linton the owner of the Private Investigations Agency is a great character and the use of humour in this book really does work well, both in the speech as well as the narrative. This book is a very easy read and the storyline is gripping keeping you reading. There is much background detail in this book so that those who require the backstory get it and I would expect future books to have less of this. The ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Allan Linton and Associates, Inquiry Agents is the name of the private detective firm. Allan is hired to find a young lady with nothing to go on but a fake name and a picture. The characters in this book are well developed. The good guys are likeable and the bad people end up getting their just rewards. This is a light read that can be finished quickly. It is a great vacation book. Hopefully, this book is the first in a series of books based on Allan's cases. I would recommend this book!

This boo
Tina C
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author carries you seamlessly through the story. Flashback is used to develop the relationship between characters and provide emotional ties. Good read, hard to put down. Would definitely recommend.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A private detective yarn with a hint of an Ed McBain narrative and the lighter touch of Elmore Leonard (who are mentioned as the detective's favorite writers). The plot is both addictive and plausible. With it comes a rare chance to get to know Dundee and the nearby area of Scotland. ...more
Tracie R
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
Vermin is my first read by this author and I will definitely be looking to read more. An intriguing crime story with an engaging plot and storyline. I would recommend this book to readers of crime
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just loved this book read it in day, do hope there is more books to follow,such a good story couldnt put down excellant
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
This book was 3.5 stars, but I decided to round up. I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of this book. Overall the core plot was exciting with many compelling twists. There were some parts that dragged, but I do believe these parts were to set up a solid characterization for the main characters and how they were connected. While I see the value in those moments, I thought they could have been handled better. I definitely recommend this book - a quick and enjoyable read that's well worth your time. ...more
Martha Brindley
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in Dundee and featuring Allan Linton a private detective with a difference. Some lovely touches of humour with his sidekick Niddrie. A taste of things to come in the next book and I would recommend this one most definitely. Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.
Judy Morris
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such an excellent book. It was very funny in parts and I really enjoyed this book. Thanks net gallery for the great opportunity to read such s great author. Look forward to reading more of this author
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