Named a Best Book of 2017 by Just Reviews
In the depths of a freezing winter, Glasgow finds itself at the mercy of not one, but two serial killers
This is Detective Inspector Lorimer’s worst nightmare and beyond anything he’s faced in his many years on the force. Can he find a link between the brutal slaying of prostitutes in the back streets of the city and the methodical killing of several unconnected businessmen?
When the latest victim turns out to be a prominent Scottish politician, the media’s spotlight is shone on Lorimer’s investigation. Psychologist and criminal profiler Solly Brightman is called in to help solve the cases, but his help may be futile as they realize that someone on the inside is leaking confidential police information. Meanwhile two killers haunt the snowy streets and Lorimer must act fast, before they strike again…
Gray's ninth procedural featuring Glasgow's Det. Supt. William Lorimer and psychologist Solly Brightman (after 2011's Sleep Like the Dead) covers well-trodden terrain in a too familiar manner. The Glasgow police must deal with two serial killers one preying on prostitutes, the other on affluent businessmen. One of the latter victims turns out to be Edward Pattison, Scotland's new deputy first minister, whose slaying only ratchets up the pressure on Lorimer and his team. Once again, Lorimer asks Brightman for help in getting inside the minds of the murderers they seek. Trite setups include a capable woman who ends up a hostage after making the sort of mistake that would have a movie audience screaming, "Don't go in there!" The resolution of the two mysteries does nothing to impress the reader with the lead's acumen.