When several young girls are abducted from various locations in Edinburgh, Detective John Grainger and his brother Alan, a reporter, investigate the cases from different directions. The abductor is cunning, always one step ahead, and the only clue he leaves behind at each scene are the brutalized corpses of black swans.

When the brothers’ investigations finally converge at a farmhouse in Central Scotland, they catch a glimpse of where the girls have been taken, a place both far away yet close enough to touch. A land known throughout Scottish history with many names: Faerie, Elfheim, the Astral Plane – Brigadoon. It is a place of legend and horror, a myth. But the brothers soon discover it is real, and, to catch the abductor, they will have to cross over themselves.

You’ve just given your wee posh company car away to a known villain in exchange for an old banger and two bacon rolls, you’re on the run accused of murder, and your only alibi is that you were away in Fairyland with a big black bird. It’s hardly any wonder something smells of shite.

To catch a killer, John and Alan Grainger will have to battle the Cobbe, a strange and enigmatic creature that guards the realm, a creature of horrific power that demands a heavy price for entry into its world. The fate of both realms hangs in the balance… and time is running out…

Shall we talk about the Black Bird?

Totally gripping, The Exiled delivers a killer story that will appeal to fans of both crime fiction and dark fantasy. – GINGER NUTS OF HORROR

This book will appeal to people in the overlapping section of a Venn diagram showing Grimm Tales readers, Stephen King fans and crime fiction lovers. – THIS IS HORROR

Meikle takes the old tale of faerie abductions and puts a creative, harrowing spin on them. I really enjoyed the results! – ERRANT DREAMS

Meikle proves that he is definitely in the upper echelon of talented writers today. –

A must-read for any fan of horror or truly dark fantasy. Highest possible recommendation. – Horror After Dark

A supernatural police procedural – I love it! Highly original, it grabbed me from the get go. – cayocosta72 Book Reviews

William Meikle has gifted us with something unique, fresh and exhilarating. This was dark fiction at its best and I believe you will enjoy every moment of it. – My Book Habit

A great read if you enjoy your fairy tales and dark fantasy. – Books and Tales

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