Police Mystery Set in London a 2017 Lambda Literary Award, Over the Rainbow Booklist Finalist

by Samuel Rumore, Springville Road Regional Branch Library

Bitter Legacy
Dal Maclean
One Block Empire, 2016
2017 Lambda Literary Award/ALA Over the Rainbow Booklist Finalist for Gay Mystery

I thoroughly enjoyed Dal Maclean’s debut novel, Bitter Legacy, an engaging police procedural set in London’s Metropolitan Police. It involves Detective Sergeant James Henderson, an up-and-coming detective on the fast track to become an inspector, in his first murder investigation of barrister Maria Curzon-Whyte. During the course of the investigation, James comes across a group of men who intrigue and tempt him to join their circle. One man, in particular, photographer Ben Morgan dares him to embrace a carefree, promiscuous lifestyle. In spite of his best efforts, the investigation balloons into a spate of cruelty and wickedness. As the body count rises and disturbing secrets are revealed, James finds his personal and professional lives threatened by a bitter legacy from the past.

Lambda Literary is the nation’s oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature. The 29th Annual Lambda ("Lammys") Literary Awards finalists were chosen from nearly 900 submissions and over 300 publishers.

The Over the Rainbow Book List is an expansion of the highly successful Rainbow Book List. Over the Rainbow Book List is created by a committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.