In the last year and a half, I have read 14 books written by Willie Meikle. Not because Meikle is some literary genius, a modern-day Robert Burns. But, rather, because what Meikle writes is fun. Looking through a list of Meikle titles, you get a solid feel for the entertainment that lies between his books' covers. Carnacki, Holmes, Professor Challenger, throw in a fair mix of HP Lovecraft, Dashiell Hammett, HG Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson and Louis L'Amour and you are getting fair idea of what Meikle is about.
"The Concordances of the Red Serpent" is a Dan Brown-esque mystery with a pinch of a Dashiell Hammett-esque detective on the case. From the streets of New York through some of the oldest Scottish seats of royalty, Meikle's hero pursues a murderer that is himself in pursuit of a much desired secret.