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Soft boiled thriller
on 21 July 2014
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.