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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Luath Press Ltd (1 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905222564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905222568
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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T.F. (Frank) Muir is the author of the best-selling contemporary crime series set in St. Andrews, Scotland, featuring DCI Andy Gilchrist. The first in the series - EYE FOR AN EYE - won the Scottish Association of Writers' Pitlochry Award in 2004 for the best crime novel by an unpublished writer. Born in Scotland, Frank was plagued from a young age with the urge to see more of the world than the rain sodden slopes of the Campsie Fells. By the time he graduated from University, he'd already had more jobs than the River Clyde has bends - bartender, farmhand, postman, laundry van driver, lumberjack, labourer, surveyor, among many others. Thirty-plus years of living and working overseas helped Frank appreciate the raw beauty of his home country. Now a dual US/UK citizen, Frank has returned to Scotland, where he lives with his wife in the outskirts of Glasgow. Frank can often be seen in St. Andrews, checking out the many local pubs and restaurants for his next gruesome tale.

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"Rebus did it for Edinburgh, Laidlaw did it for Glasgow. Gilchrist might just be the bloke to put St. Andrews on the crime fiction map." -- Daily Record "Daily Record"

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Born in Glasgow fifty-plus years ago and plagued from a young age with the urge to see more of the world than the rain sodden slopes of the Campsie Fells. Twenty-five years of working overseas helped him appreciate the raw beauty of his home country. Now a dual US/UK citizen, Frank visits Scotland from time to time to sample its beers and its national food, Indian curry (didn't that used to be fish and chips?), and to visit St. Andrews and write crime stories suffused with dark alleyways and cobbled streets and some things gruesome. Frank is currently in the States working on his next novel.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
I had no idea what to expect from this but I am very glad I invested time and money in it - because it's excellent! Forget Stuart MacBride, this is much, much better if you like Scottish Crime Fiction. At just 276 pages it can easily be read in a day, and I will be looking out for the second in the DI Andy Gilchrist series, make no mistake.

The basic premise is that somebody nicknamed 'The Stabber' has been killing wife-abusing men, usually during violent storms, by thrusting a wooden stave into their left eyes. The story opens with the discovery of the sixth victim - so yes, it's a serial killer thriller, based in the small town of St Andrews near the world-famous golf course on the east coast of Scotand. There's very little in the way of police forensics or intimate police procedure, but maybe that's a good thing for once. Instead this is a strongly character-driven story that enables the reader to get deep into the mind and heart of the lead character, along with several others too. It's not shallow in any way, it is emotionally moving at several times and credibly so. I must admit that one or two of the closing events were somewhat predictable but in truth this did not spoil my enjoyment at all. Gilchrist has all manner of baggage to deal with, such as trying to see his re-married ex-wife and their two twenty-something children. There are several poignant moments within the story that make us realise that committing ourselves too much to our careers, at the expense of time spent with family, can have life-changing consequences; that may be obvious but I thought that the author tackled these issues with sensitivity and intrigue.

Another reviewer mentioned a similarity to Michael Connelly's writing style (praise indeed!) and I can see why. Frank Muir isn't yet a household name in the world of crime fiction but based on this evidence, he deserves to be. Pacey, thrilling, emotive and gripping to the last page. Strongly recommended!
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If you like your protagonists fallable, your fiction gritty and your crime scenes gruesome then this is the author for you!

Having lived in Fife for a number of years now and grown a very strong affinity for St Andrews, it was with the excited anticipation I usually reserve for crime fictions depictions of Connelly's LA or the isolated, dark landscapes of Nordic Noir that I purchased Eye For An Eye and I was not disappointed.

Scandanavian or American landscapes usually encompass so much of an authors work that the protagonists surroundings are depicted as a character in themselves. I initially had some reluctance that the idyllic St Andrews, which I know well, comprised primarily of one cobbled street and two roads could be given an authentic sinister portrayal. However I stand corrected, Muir manages not only to portray the troubled Gilchrist as a credible detective and human, marched down a path of self destruction and believability but he also breaths fresh life into the usual crime fiction detective stereotype. Muir also effectively introduces the reader to the imagined (I hope) hidden violent sexual deviancy of the under belly of a perfect seaside town.

No doubt critics will make immediate comparison to Rankin's Rebus, I personally saw a lot more of Connelly's Bosch in the detective. After finishing this novel in one day I am still impressed how Muir has made so much from somewhere so small as St Andrews.

Although the violence and crime scenes hold more in common with horror genres then crime I firmly believe Muir has marked Gilchrist on the Tartan Noir map. I look forward to reading the rest of the authors series, I'm certain he's here to stay. A recommend read to anyone!
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By Bookie TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Dec. 2012
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Havent read anything by Frank Muir but bought the first three books featuring DI Andy Gilchrist. This is the first and I enjoyed it. It started off strongly with intriguing and chilling opening passages. Quite descriptive ( bordering on revolting but a well described attack!) and a gripping hook into the rest of the story.

Crime thrillers are two a penny and it's a difficult genre to get right. This one works with a good plot, excellent and occasionally remorseless pace and enough turns in the story to keep the reader guessing well into the book. I also enjoyed the very strong sense of location, with St Andrews making a pleasant change from some of the better known settings in crime stories. As well as the murder mystery the story raises a couple of interesting moral issues, so there's food for thought about right and wrong. It explores themes including guilt, retribution and loss making it satisfying as a psychological thriller. I liked the Gilchrist character. He has the past with baggage, but it was sewn together well without being intrusive. My only reservation was overuse of reference to his sixth sense. I would have preferred alternative ways for the reader to understand that he works with intuition rather than having it pointed out so often. Some of the peripheral characters, although well drawn, added little to the plot, but may come to the fore in later books. I'll have to wait and see! Other than that, I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next two in the series. Thanks Mr Muir.
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The main theme of this book - the hunt for a serial killer who targets wife-beaters -has been discussed in other reviews, so I won't repeat it, but I must say I enjoyed reading the descriptions of the town of St Andrews (have never been there)almost more than the story, which was rather clichéd and not highly original.

I do get tired of reading about maverick inspectors who are persecuted by a senior officer. It seems to pop up so frequently and this was the main irritant in this story. The outcome was pretty obvious early on too.

Insp Andy Gilchrist is suspended by said senior officer because he is not catching the killer fast enough, and this suspension gives him time to catch up with his adult children and his dying former wife, as well as to rekindle a relationship with Beth, a novelty shop owner who is being stalked by an obnoxious creature called Sebastian. He sorts this problem as an added extra to his continuing investigation into the identity of the killer.

Of course, as in all of this type of story, Andy gets his killer and also saves Beth from her stalker. There is nothing original in this book, but I enjoyed the excellent descriptive writing and it was nice to have such a predictable book, which I realise would not appeal to everyone, but it was the kind of book I was ready for after reading a couple of really tense thrillers.

I have downloaded the next 2 in this series and rather hope for an increase in pace now that the problem of the nasty senior officer has been sorted.

I'd recommend this for anyone not wanting a tense thriller and who enjoys a beautifully scripted book, with plenty of atmosphere and feeling for the setting.
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