***THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING DETECTIVE SERIES***
'One of the best is Alex Gray' Literary Review
'Intensely exciting and atmospheric' Alexander McCall Smith
'Move over Rebus' Daily Mirror
The perfect murder takes practice.
An unpredictable killer is loose on the streets of Glasgow, experimenting with death. Beginning with brute force, the murderer moves on to poison and drowning, greedy for new and better ways to kill.
Faced with a string of unconnected victims, DCI Lorimer turns to psychologist and friend Solomon Brightman for his insights. Lorimer is also assigned to review the case of a fatal house fire. His suspicions are raised by shocking omissions in the original investigation. Some uncomfortable questions have been buried but Lorimer is the man to ask them.
As the serial killer gets closer to Lorimer's family, can the DCI unmask the volatile murderer before the next victim is found too close to home?
Whether you've read them all, or whether you're coming to Alex Gray's highly acclaimed Lorimer series for the very first time, this is the perfect, page-turning winter read if you love Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid or Ian Rankin.
***PRAISE FOR ALEX GRAY***
'Convincing Glaswegian atmosphere and superior writing' The Times
'Brings Glasgow to life in the same way Rankin evokes Edinburgh' Daily Mail
'Exciting, pacy, authentic' Angela Marsons
'Sums up everything that is golden and enthralling about a good book' Fully Booked
Scraps of a psychotic killer's pre-homicide musings alternate with jerkily amalgamated passages unveiling police angst, both public and private, in Gray's pedestrian seventh procedural featuring Glasgow police detective William Lorimer (after Glasgow Kiss). As the killer progresses through the senseless murder of one helpless old lady after another, Lorimer investigates the suspicious death by arson of financier Sir Ian Jackson, and classily fends off vamping advances by resentful Det. Insp. Rhoda Martin, who's after his job, while his wife, Maggie, struggles with her mum's stroke-related problems, which illuminate British socialized medicine. Gray tries too hard to flesh out her slim plot with one conventional device after another, and though she labors mightily to mask it in a crescendo of gory malice and some ham-fisted attempts at twisted psychological motivation, she telegraphs the killer's identity too soon, and pounds it home through the observations of Lorimer's profiler colleague, Dr. Solly Brightman.