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Constable, 3 September 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4721-1233-0 (HB)
2016. ISBN: 978-1-4721-1235-4 (PB)
Anne Randall is a new name in the crime fiction world, and you could be
forgiven for assuming that this gritty police procedural is a debut. But it’s
actually the second in a series set on the mean streets of Glasgow – and
streets don’t come much meaner. The first, Riven, was published under
the genderless name A J McCreanor; this time the author chooses another name,
and owns up to being a woman.
Silenced is leaner, and if possible even meaner, than its
predecessor. The Glasgow McMafia is still very much in evidence, though this
time on the receiving end of one of the crimes. Elsewhere, a young woman is
missing, an escaped psychopath is roaming the streets with a view to repeating
his previous crime in the name of revenge, yet another killer is targeting
homeless people and prostitutes in a self-styled ‘clean-up’ of those mean
streets, and a centre for esoteric studies seems to be entangled in all three
D I Kat Wheeler is back, and
very much on the case: cool-headed, ex-army and health-conscious, the opposite
of her sidekick Acting D I Ross, whose lack of empathy with witnesses is more
of a problem than his chaotic love life and taste for junk food.
The author is either well
acquainted with Glasgow’s homeless shelters and dark alleys or possessed of a
dark imagination. Many of the images she conjures vary from depressing to
downright sinister, and it’s often a relief when the action moves to more salubrious
surroundings. She’s good at weather too; driving February sleet, howling wind
and a peculiarly Scottish phenomenon called thundersnow left me shivering and
looking for an extra sweater.
As well as vivid settings,
Randall knows how to create characters the reader can believe in; bit-part
players such as a flamboyant gallery owner and a stoic pub landlord come to
life as effectively as the leading police figures and the major villains. The
many-stranded plot, too, is deftly handled, with skilful use of multiple
viewpoints, each with its own distinct voice.
Whatever name she chooses to
write under, Anne Randall is revealing herself as a force to be reckoned with
in the world of ‘tartan noir’.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Anne Randall was born in Glasgow, and after university taught English in various
secondary schools in inner Glasgow. In 2011 she won first prize for crime
fiction writing at the Wells Literature Festival. Anne now lives in Glastonbury
with her husband, two cats and one dog.
Lynne Patrick has been a
writer ever since she could pick up a pen, and has enjoyed success with short
stories, reviews and feature journalism, but never, alas, with a novel. She
crossed to the dark side to become a publisher for a few years, and is proud to
have launched several careers which are now burgeoning. She lives on the edge
of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with books, about half of them crime