The Silent Games
by Alex Gray
on Tour March 12 – April 14, 2018
Alex Gray’s stunning new Lorimer novel, set against the backdrop of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, brings the vibrant city to life in a race to stop the greatest threat the city has ever known.
2014: The Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow and security is extra tight, particularly after a mysterious bomb explodes in nearby rural Stirlingshire. As the opening ceremony for the Games draws ever closer, the police desperately seek the culprits. But Detective Superintendent Lorimer has other concerns on his mind. One is a beautiful red-haired woman from his past whose husband dies suddenly on his watch. Then there is the body of a young woman found dumped in countryside just south of the city who is proving impossible to identify.
Elsewhere in Glasgow people prepare for the events in their own way, whether for financial gain or to welcome home visitors from overseas. And, hiding behind false identities, are those who pose a terrible threat not just to the Games but to the very fabric of society.
“An excellent procedural in which Gray … does for Glasgow what Ian Rankin did for Edinburgh in the annals of crime fiction.” — Kirkus Reviews on The Silent Games
“Gray has no equal when it comes to unmasking killers and she has excelled herself here . . . Gray is the new master of Scottish crime writing.” — Scottish Daily Express
“Brings Glasgow to life in the same way Ian Rankin evokes Edinburgh.” — Daily Mail (UK)
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: March 13th 2018
Number of Pages: 368
Series: A DCI Lorimer Novel, #11 (Stand Alone)
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Review by Chill and read
About a year before the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, a bomb explodes in a nearby place. Detective Superintendent Lorimer is called one day earlier from his vacation to handle the case and respond to the press. What is really behind this bombing? It is not clear yet, but could it be an act of terror?
At the same time, Lorimer receives a reunion invitation, organised by his former girlfriend and first love, Vivien Fox Gilmartin. Vivien is still a head turner and can still attract his attention, all those years later. When she calls him in the middle of the night to tell him that her husband is dead, after the reunion party is over, he runs to her. The husband was a famous theater director, while Vivien was an aspiring actress when she met him. His death appears to be a heart attack, but forensics show that he was poisoned. Furthermore, the police discovers the body of a Nigerian girl out in a pond, close to the Commonwealth Games location. Things are getting more complicated and Lorimer has a lot of parallel cases running. Could they all be connected somehow?
This is the second book of the DCI Lorimer series that I read from Alex Gray and it is not disappointing! Not at all I would say! The plot is complicated enough, for the reader to look into the different cases and try to find how and if the all connect. The different aspects of each one of them is given piece by piece and leaves room to think and make assumptions.
The characters are very well built. Lorimer, the main character, is the same one met in previous books. A very competent and intelligent officer, dedicated to his work and aware of his responsibility of public safety. He is also a good and loving husband to Maggie and a good friend to Rosie and Solly. He will ask for their opinion or support, but he will not disclose any information that would endanger them or make them unease.
As expected when reading The Swedish Girl Kirsty Wilson shows up again, now a member of the police force, not a university student any more. She is working in Lorimer’s department, along with her father and they are all involved in the same complicated cases, trying to avoid conflicts of interest and discrimination.
It is a fast paced book, that keeps the reader’s attention with a plot full of twists and turns!
Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the Department of Health, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English. Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles, and commissions for BBC radio programs. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, she is the author of thirteen DCI Lorimer novels. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.
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