No Good Deed

By Manda Scott
(Bantam, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553584684, 432pp.)

Publication Date: August 26, 2003

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Her writing has been called “powerful and subtle,” (The Times, U.K.) her plotting “original and shiver-count high.” (The Times, U.K.) Now Manda Scott has written a powerful thriller debut, the terrifying tale of a lone woman pitted against an enigmatic killer—a man who deals out death without a second thought....


For Detective Inspector Orla McLeod, violence is a way of life. As a child, her own world was ripped apart by a brutal, unforgettable moment of terror. So when the Special Branch operation she is spearheading goes disastrously wrong, she will do everything she can to protect the nine-year-old boy caught in the cross fire. For Jamie Buchanan was the sole witness to an act of savagery committed in cold blood by a man rapidly becoming one of the most feared criminals in Europe.

Orla and her partner, Luke Tyler, had risked their lives to infiltrate Tord Svensen’s criminal world. Together they had gone deep undercover in a Glasgow tenement to get close enough to bring him down. Then in a series of harrowing events, everything in Orla’s life would change forever.

Now Orla finds herself haunted by the memory of what happened—and tormented by the guilt she feels over her own survival. What keeps her going are the promises she made to her partner Luke and to orphaned Jamie Buchanan. Jamie is the only person who’s seen Tord Svensen’s face, the only one able to ID him. Officially pulled off the Svensen case, Orla spirits Jamie away to the only place she feels safe, a lonely cottage under the shadow of a snowcapped Scottish mountain. But there will be no sanctuary for them in the Highlands. For, like Orla, the hunter who pursues them knows exactly what to do to survive. And that means putting both Orla and her vulnerable young charge in the grave.

Chilling, intense, and stylishly written, No Good Deed places Manda Scott among the forefront of today’s best thriller writers.

About the Author

Manda Scott is the author of four novels, including Night Mares and Stronger Than Death. Born and educated in Scotland, she was the only British author to be shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 1997 for her first novel, Hen’s Teeth. Trained as a veterinary surgeon, she now practices part time as a vet in Suffolk. No Good Deed is her first stand-alone thriller.

Praise For No Good Deed

"Scott’s prose suits her tough yet sensitive heroine and her storytelling is equally unflinching. Graphic violence contrasts with wilderness beauty in a thriller that has plenty of touching moments ... [Scott] delivers humane characters and supercriminals, romance without sentimentality, and adventure without easy answers. Orla McLeod’s American debut ensures that she will take her place in the top ranks of fictional female detectives."—Publisher's Weekly

“Compulsive reading from page one to the shattering conclusion.”—Denise Mina, John Creasy Award winning author of Garnethill

“There’s not a word wasted in this unflinching novel, which still manages to demonstrate the profound power of love. It’s a joy to read something so intelligent, so direct and so beautifully crafted.”—Val McDermid, Golden Dagger Award winning author of A Place of Execution

“Manda Scott picks us up by the scruff of the neck, drags us kicking and bumping along the rough side of life, then makes us fall in love with her characters along the way. WOW, JUST...WOW.”—Laurie R. King, Edgar Award winning author of Folly

“Gritty, literate and engaging, No Good Deed is an exceptional achievement.”—J. Wallis Martin, Edgar-nominated author of A Likeness in Stone

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