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Published by Sphere, 19 March 2015.
Superintendent William Lorimer has taken
a break from Glasgow to enjoy with his wife Maggie a holiday on the beautiful
Isle of Mull, one of their favourite places. But taking his first early morning
walk his tranquillity is abruptly shattered by the discovery of the naked body
of a red-haired man.
This is the twelfth
book in the series featuring William Lorimer, now a Superintendent. But the
sight and markings on the corpse takes Lorimer back twenty years to when he was
a new detective constable, and to another young man who had been murdered. That
he had failed to solve the case had remained with him through the years. An
itch he was unable to scratch.
The case is handled by DI Stevie
Crozier of the local police.Aware that
he is out of his area and has no power to interfere in the investigation
Lorimer does his best to keep on DI Crozier’s good side so as at least to be
keep abreast of developments.But it
grows increasingly more difficult for Lorimer as the investigation proceeds and
the similarities between this and his old case become more obvious.But could this be same killer, two decades
the hunt for the killer provides the reader with a gripping mystery, the
flashbacks to Lorimer’s early career is as equally absorbing.And personally this is a special time for
Lorimer and Maggie, quite newly married.The back story is moving, and the search for the killer dramatic as the
story switches between the Mull killing and Lorimer’s cold case in Glasgow of twenty
years earlier.Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Alex Grayborn 27 May 1950, Glasgow, is a Scottish crime writer. She was
brought up in the Craigbank area of Glasgow
and attended Hutchesons' Grammar School. She studied English and Philosophy at Strathclyde University and worked for a period in
theDepartment of Heaklth & Social
Security before training as an English teacher. In 1976 she lived in Rhodesia for three months, during which time she
got married, and she and her husband returned to Scotland. She continued teaching
until the 1990s, when she gave the profession up and began to write full-time.
Alex is a member of the Femmes Fatales crime writing trio, together with
Alanna Knight and Lin Anderson .She has published six novels, all set around
Glasgow and featuring the character of Detective Chief Inspector Lorimer and
his psychological profiler Solomon Brightman, the earlier novels being
published by Canongate and later books by Little Brown. She has also written
several magazine articles.