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Alex Gray
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5 Dec 2013

When Kirsty Wilson lands a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by Swedish fellow student Eva Magnusson she can't believe her luck. But Kirsty's delight turns to terror when she finds the beautiful Swedish girl lying dead in their home and their male flatmate accused of her murder. Kirsty refuses to accept that he is guilty and, inspired by family friend Detective Superintendent Lorimer, sets out to clear his name.

Meanwhile, Lorimer calls on trusted psychologist Solly Brightman to help unravel the truth behind the enigmatic Eva's life and death. But it is not long until another woman, bearing a marked resemblance to Eva, is brutally murdered. Horrified, Lorimer realises that Kirsty could be right. Is it possible that Glasgow's finest detective has put the wrong man behind bars? And is there a cold-blooded killer out there orchestrating the death of the next innocent victim?

In this gripping read, Alex Gray sends her dynamic Scottish detective from the gritty heart of Glasgow to the snowy streets of Stockholm in his toughest case yet.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (5 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751548227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751548228
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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)

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The brand new page-turning Detective Lorimer novel from Alex Gray, evoking Glasgow like no other writer can.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class 12 Feb 2014
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Really do enjoy the writing of Alex Gray. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel, excellently put together with several suspects (yes, I did work out the killer early on). Look forward to reading more of her novels as they come out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 10 Feb 2014
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Enjoyed this the latest Lorimer story. As usual the Glasgow atmosphere well developed. However I felt there were some parts of the police procedure which would not have happened in reality particularly the very rapid charging of a suspect without a full investigation. I look forward to Alex's next Lorimer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best from Alex Gray 4 Sep 2013
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Sadly this novel has stepped away from her early style, it's almost as if someone else wrote the story using her character set of Lorimer and co. Previously the stories have set off with a thorough good murder in the first chapter followed by some great uncluttered story telling but this tale falls into the trend of including miles of text pointlessly describing the surroundings or characters, for example the first eight chapters stick to building characters in the story. Finally, the newer big format book with the floppy pages is terrible, not a one handed read for the commute!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping entry in this acclaimed series 21 Aug 2013
`The Swedish Girl' by Alex Gray
Published by Sphere, 7 March 2013. ISBN: 978-184744-566-7

Scandinavian blue eyes, silver blond hair, wealthy and gorgeous, Eva Magnusson is the golden girl - the one the girls want to be like, and the boys want to bed. When Kirsty Wilson gains a place in the luxury flat owed by Eva she cannot believe her good fortune. The other flatmates are three guys Gary, Colin and Rodge

The story starts in July when Eva views the flat with her father Henrik Magnusson. We then learn of the lives of the four flat mates as they take up residence at the start of the university term in September. But in December when Kirsty returns to the flat one evening she finds Eva dead.

Detective Superintendent Lorrimer is called to the incident and finds his friend pathologist Dr Rosie Fergusson is the on-duty pathologist. Eventually the police charge one of the male flatmates, but Kirsty doesn't believe that he is guilty and tells her father Detective Sergeant Alistair Wilson of Strathclyde police, but he is unconvinced. Can she persuade Lorrimer that they have the wrong man.

There are many undertones to this book. What exactly was Henrik Magnusson relationship with his daughter? And why did he select three young males as her flat mates, along with home-making Kirsty, no match for a girl like Eva. And elderly neighbour Derek McCubbin trying to avoid living with his daughter - what does he know?

Although not convinced by Kirsty Wilson's stoic belief in the innocence of her flatmate Lorrimer calls on his friend Solly Brightman, to help him find the truth behind the enigmatic Eva.

The discovery of a second body calls into question whether they do have the right man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the swedish girl 12 April 2013
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fairly good but not a patch on her early books but she is still worth reading. every writer has their off days
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5.0 out of 5 stars the swedish girl 28 Mar 2013
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yet again other great read, enjoyed it very much and looking forward to some more of this work have read all the rest by alex gray
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor. Requires an injection of reality. 8 July 2014
I can only give this book 1 star. This is unfortunate because it is actually very well written. Ms Gray’s descriptions of locations make you feel that you are there and her characters and what they think are realistic and thought provoking. She has clearly done a lot of research as well. I worked for Strathclyde Police for 27 years and can confirm that Stewart Street Police Office and Pitt Street, the Headquarters, are both as she describes them.
What lets the book down however is one of its basic themes. Colin is arrested and ends up in prison charged with murder, even though there is insufficient evidence against him. Let me reassure readers that this could not happen.
You cannot be put in prison just because a Detective Inspector thinks you are guilty. Even if the D.I. is prepared to risk a legal action against her for wrongful arrest, it is highly unlikely that her Superintendent (what happened to the Det. Ch. Inspector in the chain of command?) would fail to tell her that she needed more evidence. Even if this did happen, the Procurator Fiscal (Scottish equivalent of the Crown Prosecution Service) would certainly not be willing to prosecute without evidence and even if he or she went along with the idea that a D.I. thinking somebody was guilty was good enough for them, they would still have to convince a Sheriff that there was enough evidence (a prima facie case in legal terms) to detain Colin in prison pending trial.
Poor Colin, languishing in Barlinnie (again full marks for research) wonders who is going to get him out because he didn’t kill anyone. In reality, the answer is that his lawyer would get him out because even if all these other people hadn’t spotted the tiny but important factor that there was no evidence, his lawyer certainly would have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Great as usual
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gripping
Couldn't bear to put it down. Absolutely gripping from start to finish.
Published 6 days ago by Lindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as usual superb
Published 19 days ago by john batty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very engrossing story. Keeper your attention from start to finish
Published 1 month ago by Michael J Larkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Took this book on holiday and read it at night finished in the fourth night, couldn't put it down sometimes. First time reading this author's books, certainly won't be my last.
Published 1 month ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good read
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Alex Gray my new favourite author.
I read this book some time ago but it stayed with me for a long time after completion. The end was unexpected so kept in suspense to the finish . A good read.
Published 3 months ago by Betty McQuade
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
As always a terrific read from Alex Gray. Lorimer & his family and friends come to life and enfold the reader as one of them, whilst descriptions of Glasgow mean you're really... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jess Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Alex triumphs again
Another good read from Alex Gray. Always keeps you in suspense till the end of the book, although it is fun trying to figure "who dunnit"!
Published 5 months ago by Bizzie
3.0 out of 5 stars sloppy police procedures?
This is quite a nice read in some ways, but as the intrepid flat mate points out there *is* no evidence against Young (crying at a police interview after someone has died suggests... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Belinda Cunnison
5.0 out of 5 stars The Swedish Girl
Terrific book - can't put book down, have to keep reading. Hope next DCI Lorimer book is on its way.
Published 5 months ago by Strone 1
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