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Constable, 14 April 2017. ISBN:
Just when you thought the mean streets of Anne Randall's Glasgow
couldn't get any meaner, this rising star of 'tartan noir' finds some whole new
depths to plumb.
In Torn, the third in
her dark, sinister series featuring DIs Kat Wheeler and Steve Ross, she
explores the murky territory of porn and sex clubs, in particular the kind that
specialize in BDSM. A beautiful young woman is found murdered, bearing the
marks of a kind of leather collar used in erotic asphyxiation; the trail the
two DIs follow leads them to a seedy wedding photographer with a rather more
lucrative sideline, back into the past to an unsolved case and the now-retired
detective who investigated it, and eventually to a club catering for somewhat
extreme tastes, taking in a hugely popular rock band and the grimmer side of
foster care along the way. And just to make things even more difficult, Wheeler
treads on some high-profile and influential toes, and has to battle her way
through barrier after barrier to reach the truth she knows is out there
Once again I was moved to
wonder whether the author had a personal acquaintance with the world she
describes, or if a dark and fertile imagination is at work; either way it's all
too horribly convincing. The gloom is leavened by a couple of very human
protagonists with plenty of baggage, and an unexpected humorous take on the
main theme when hobnail-booted regular DC Boyd reveals a little too much about
his own private life to the rest of the team.
Multiple viewpoints are
something of a trademark with Randall, and she focuses on victims as well as
cops and bad guys, with a knack for making them sympathetic even when their
lifestyle choices aren't exactly admirable. Suspects from the less salubrious
side of Glasgow life come to life too; and both Glasgow and a couple of less
defiantly urban locations are very much a feature.
The world of ‘tartan noir’ is
a natural home for Anne Randall's gritty themes; her robust style is laced with
colourful language, and her characters pull no punches. Torn is not for
the faint-hearted, but if the darker side of crime fiction is your bag, look no
further; this one's well worth some attention.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Anne Randallwas 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’s first book in the
Wheeler and Ross series Riven was
written under the name A J McCreanor. 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