And with this, we come to the end of the Midnight Files. This troika had given me genuine pleasure as long as the novels had lasted. Like any addiction, the hangover, followed by withdrawal symptoms have arrived in due course. If I ask myself, as to what were the features of this series that had caught my imagination, I would have to compose a list, that would include: mixing of old-world horror tropes with very much updated stories, almost hauntingly beautiful settings, crisp & taut dialogue, liberal invoking of history & myths, the protagonist (to say that Derek Adams outshines all other Occult Detectives would be overstated, but the simple fact that he desperately tries to stay away from the weird, makes him a more traditional hero), and Glasgow, the old city that lies dreaming. This novel, the last one in the series, epitomises all these aspects. I'm not sure if I would ever be visiting Glasgow, but if I do, then I would raise a toast to Derek Adams and the series. Recommended.
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