Eddie Mallon has grown away from his roots, and away from the city of Glasgow. Eddie was just a child when his family fractured down the middle. He went to America with his mother; his sister Joyce stayed in Glasgow with their father, the charming, violent, mercurial Jackie Mallon.
Now Jackie Mallon has been murdered and the son he didn't know is coming home for the funeral. Try as he might, Eddie Mallon cannot resist pushing behind the bland front presented by the local investigators. And when he does, Eddie finds himself spiralling into the mysteries of the past, as well as the present.
The Bad Fire is a place where children are told they will go for being naughty. Mallon is about to find out that even after all these years, the fire never goes out.
Lyrical, elegiac, suspenseful and thrilling, 'The Bad Fire' is a novel populated by a cast of superbly drawn individuals and some unforgettable grotesques, and in which the city of Glasgow is a brilliantly evoked character in its own right.