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The Bird That Did Not Sing (DCI Lorimer Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

Alex Gray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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In Alex Gray's page-turning new Glasgow-set crime novel, Detective Lorimer must protect his city from a terrifying threat in the countdown to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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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.

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1463 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (13 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FLY3U52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers' Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing and is the co-founder of the Bloody Scotland international crime writing festival. Married with a son and daughter, she lives in Scotland and is currently writing the next book in the Detective Lorimer series.

www.alex-gray.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soft boiled thriller 21 July 2014
By markb
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I have been a fan of Gray's Lorimer books since the Riverman, which still remains the best of the series, in my opinion.

Nevertheless The Bird That Did Not Sing remains an entertaining addition to Lorimer's exploits. Set in the build up to the Commonwealth Games we are introduced to terrorist threat, people trafficking and plain murder all in a day's work for Supt Lorimer and his team as they deal with their Glasgow beat. We learn more about some familiar characters and meet some sinister villains, the charming and the brutish.

This is not profound hard-bitten stuff. It is, though, a pleasurable well written tale with sufficient twists to keep the reader's enthusiasm. Three stars only, but a worthwhile soft boiled thriller.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable, and not in a good way 29 April 2014
Format:Hardcover
Good old Lorimer, eh? Bless his couthy socks, no doubt newly darned by faithful Maggie, his long suffering wee wifey. She's just made some pancakes by the way, they're as flat as the characters in this book. Sorry, that's a bit harsh - this book is ok, only I'd just finished Nesbo's latest and this was pretty tame by comparison. So what was wrong? Some of the key scenes just didn't add up. Would a murderer bury key evidence in a copper's garden? Would the spooks arrest a terror suspect at his home but not search the house? Would Lorimer tackle a weightlifter on his tod? And anyway, is it believable a group of tartan terrorists would target the games? Em, no. It's also told in a somewhat didactic manner. Don't tell me stuff, show me through sparkling dialogue. At other times it reads like visitscotland pr. There's no doubt this book deals with weighty issues - trafficking, prostitution, terrorism, but I didn't feel any sense of real danger. Kailyard crime rather than tartan noir. The ending is a bit of a damp squid too. Spoiler alert: the baddies get their comeuppance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DCI LORIMER 30 July 2014
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Could not put this book down. It was a topical background as the Commonwealth Games are about halfway through. Maybe I'm being a bit parochial but I loved the fact that she used actual place names ie The Southern General Hospital which is close to where I live. Having followed the Lorimer series I thought this was the best one yet. Hopefully there's more to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, as always. 20 July 2014
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Couldn't wait to read this latest book from Alex Gray, just love Lorrimer's character. I must admit although its a must read for all Alex Gray fans, this book didn't grip me like the others, on saying that, I did enjoy it, but not a "couldn't put down book", that's only my opinion. But a must read for all Alex Gray fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best 16 April 2014
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Enjoyed this book, not as sharp as previous Lorimer books
Story is topical I suppose with the so called Homecoming and the games. It was inevitable someone would write about it.
I felt it was just a bit predictable . It will not stop me reading the next book but I hope it's a better storyline
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 14 April 2014
By Stu
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Excellent story and superbly crafted. You actually feel that you are right there with the characters. Looking forward to the next book
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 13 July 2014
By Pete
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Absolutely fantastic book can't wait for the next one. Pity STV or BBC Scotland don't serialise these books on television.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read in three days. 14 April 2014
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A great and unto date story and I am looking forward to her next book. A relaxing and joined up group of plots.
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