1984 - It looked like a simple job. That was why they gave it to him. Guarding a woman - nameless and almost faceless after a savage acid attack - at a Glasgow hospital, PC Alan McAlpine has no idea that this simple job will haunt his career and change his live forever.
2006 - Two decades later, Alan steps into Partickhill police station and back in time. Now a celebrated Detective Chief Inspector, McAlpine has been drafted in to lead the hunt for a man the press are calling the 'Crucifixion Killer'. Two women are already dead, their mutilated bodies displayed with arms outstretched.
ABSOLUTION has two threads. One is the investigation of the murders and the other is following the gradual disintegration of McAlpine's life as the ghosts of his past begin to overwhelm him.
If there is one criticism, it is that the book seemed to lose just a little momentum towards the end. Then again that just could be me and life getting in the way of reading.
I don't know what it is about Scotland that produces so many fine crime writers: Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Alexander McCall Smith, Christopher Brookmyre, Denise Mina. The list goes on and on. Add Caro Ramsay to that list. ABSOLUTION is a fine debut novel. I look forward to more.