Floyd Donnelly has already spent four of his twenty-six years in prison for robbery with violence. Foul-tempered and amoral, he's exhausted
the patience of his fellow squatters in Forbeshill Road, Cairnburgh – he couldn't be less interested in their communal values. He seems to have a limitless capacity to anger everyone he meets,
but it’s still a surprise for all of them when his body’s discovered outside the only night club in Cairnburgh.
DCI Jack Carston thinks he knows who's behind Floyd's death: David Burchill, consultant engineer, self-made man and Carston's personal bête noire. Burchill owns the house in which Floyd was squatting and admits to sending round the 'bailiffs' the day before the murder. But, as usual, he has a cast-iron alibi.
Burchill is also a possible suspect in another of Carston's cases: a protection racket. Hilden, an unsuccessful antiques dealer from the poorer part of town, has been threatened on a number of occasions and has finally been beaten up by a thug who also destroyed much of his stock. Carston desperately wants to nail Burchill - but his prey always seems one step ahead. And with Hilden reluctant to identify his attackers, Carston fears that both cases are destined to remain unsolved for a very long time.
This tough, gritty murder mystery takes readers back once more to the granite streets of Cairnburgh and Aberdeen.
"There is a brutal rape in Rough Justice by Bill Kirton. It isn't there to titillate, but to carry the story forward and ultimately bring about the climax to a thoughtful and thought provoking book. The detective leading the hunt for the killer of a young thug from a local squat is also after a local self-made man he believes to be behind various rackets and who is protected by fellow masons in the senior ranks of the police force. The book involves some very human, intelligent Scottish coppers and ought to bring Bill Kirton the attention he deserves."
Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph
"A downright rogue and social reject is found murdered in a Scottish city, but has he been murdered by an equally roguish tycoon, as seems obvious, or is the web a good deal more tangled and shocking than that? That's the simple premise of Bill Kirton's second crime novel set in Cairnburgh and Aberdeen and, although the premise is simple the structure and plotting – the core of any decent read – are sound and compelling. Some of the Scots dialogue is a little suspect and inconsistent, but that doesn't spoil the pleasure in the plot twists, the flashes of humour and the denouement."
Press and Journal, Aberdeen