The Dead Don't Boogie

A missing teenage girl should be an easy job for Dominic Queste – after all, finding lost souls is what he does best. But wouldn’t it be better sometimes if lost souls just stayed that way?  Jenny Deavers is trouble. She’s being hunted, and for the people tracking her, murder is nothing. As the bodies pile up, so does the pressure on Queste, both to protect Jenny and to find out who wants her dead. The trail leads him to a brutal world of gangsters, merciless hitmen, dark family secrets and an insatiable lust for power in the highest echelons of politics. Modern noir at its finest.


“Crime to make you laugh out loud. I look forward to reading more Queste adventures.” - Alex Gray, Books of the Year, The Times

"Classic noir effortlessly transposed from the mean streets of Raymond Chandler's L.A. to 21st century Glasgow. Dominic Queste is an engaging new hero with a unique voice." – Mason Cross

“Fast-paced, funny and frightening – Dominic Queste’s first outing supplies it all.” - Lin Anderson

“If you like your humour black and your detective novels hard boiled, The Dead Don’t Boogie is a cut above the rest.” - Theresa Talbot

“A white-knuckle, wisecracking thrill-ride.” - Caro Ramsay

“Dark noir at its finest … compulsive reading. One of the best crime novels I have read in a long time. Hugely enjoyable.” - Mark Leggatt

“Fierce, all too believable.” - Daily Mail

“Doug Skelton has been hiding his talent for long enough. High time he shared it with the rest of us.” - Quintin Jardine


Douglas Skelton was shortlisted for the William McIlvanney Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2016.

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Publication Date

September 2016


The Dead Don't Boogie on the Saraband Books website