Book Review “The Accused” by Owen Mullen


The Accused SYNOPSIS/Book Blurb

When Private Investigator Charlie Cameron agrees to take on a cold case, he is drawn back into Glasgow’s dark underworld…

Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron knew Kim Rafferty was bad news the moment they met. Desperate people always spelled trouble in his experience, and Mrs Rafferty was as desperate as they come. What she was asking for was insane. If he agreed to help the wife of the notorious East-End gangster, the consequences for them both could be fatal.

Twenty-four hours later, another betrayed woman with a hopeless case is pleading for Charlie’s help. The PI is her only chance to keep an innocent man from serving a second prison sentence for murders he didn’t commit.

Dennis Boyd is on the run, and as Charlie fights against the clock to keep him out of jail, he crosses a line that puts him on the wrong side of the law and pits him against his old friend and ally, DS Andrew Geddes.

As the body count grows, and the defence for his client falls apart bit by bit, Charlie refuses to accept the inevitable. But everyone has their limits – even the infamous Charlie Cameron. Will he be forced to admit that this case may be the one to beat him…


Secrets and intrigue lie at the heart of this murderous thriller. Some of the characters are dastardly with cruel intentions and will literally do anything to get away with murder and frame innocent people, or are they as innocent as they want us to believe?

Charlie, the Private Investigator does not want to get drawn in to this deadly game but he is intrigued enough by Dennis that he just can’t keep away from the case. He has many fingers in many pies and is able to discover things that have lain dormant whilst Dennis was in Prison for a crime he is adamant he did not commit. However as the body count rises Charlie begins to doubt everything he has been told. Should he really continue trying to prove that his client is innocent or get out now while he is still alive?

The case of Kim Rafferty that Charlie also reluctantly takes on becomes quite grisly and had me almost recoiling at the violence that ensues. A cleverly written storyline that drags you along with it even though you’re not sure you really want to go there. The descriptive writing is excellent and you just don’t want to put the book down.

I was enthralled by Owen Mullen’s writing style. It’s edginess keeps you interested without being over the top with gratuitous violence. There are violent acts but they fit with the nature of the characters and the worlds they move in.

The Accused is one of those books that you don’t want to end because you’re enjoying it so much, well written, engaging and an all round scorcher of a thriller.

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Author Bio –  Owen Mullen is a highly regarded crime author who splits his time between Scotland and the island of Crete.  In his earlier life he lived in London and worked as a musician and session singer.

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