The Father is a gritty crime thriller, with a strong psychological undercurrent. It is a deep, dark and gripping read. One reviewer described it as a hybrid of the police procedural, noir, Brit Grit, black comedy and political thriller.
It’s a about a serial killer and a psychologist – a forensic profiler as was. The serial killer has a bit of a difference, he kills through others, he’s a proxy killer, he doesn’t get his hands dirty, he kills through crime families in Glasgow. The psychologist, Sean Rooney, our hero, or antihero, the psychosleuth, is also a bit different. He is a mentally ill, alcohol abusing, burned out man, with demons. His perverse interest in man’s propensity to kill and the fact that this is a proxy killer – he has always wanted to pursue a proxy killer – draws him out of his retirement. He is obsessed by the how and why proxy killers do it – how they use their power to kill through others.