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Eye for an Eye (DCI Andy Gilchrist Book 1) by [Muir, T.F.]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in DCI Andy Gilchrist (6 Book Series)
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'Detective Rebus has a new rival who's cleaner living and better looking than the hard-drinking cop. Gilchrist is a 'tall Tom Cruise'. ' --The Sun

'Everything I look for in a crime novel' --Louise Welsh

'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.' --The Daily Record

About the Author

Frank Muir was born in Glasgow 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, living in Lenzie and working in the US, Frank is currently working on the third Gilchrist novel, Tooth for a Tooth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1051 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00838EQ56
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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...Frank Muir has rapidly become one of my favourite crime writers... murder is a dark, murky, dreadful event, and Muir doesn't shirk from that premise... the shocking series of killings in the Scottish town of St. Andrews reeks of a vengeful perpetrator, whose modus operandum stalks the target victims---women-abusive men from various walks of life... the sometime unwilling hero, main character Detective Andy Gilchrist, fights against internal police hierarchical politics as well as sticking doggedly to the task of hunting down the murderer... the rawness of the East Coast weather intrudes as is its wont, a fitting, sobering backdrop as the narrative unfolds... the evidence and history is there to be picked out of a kaleidoscope of clues... but let the reader beware--- the road to solving the case is not as straightforward as it seems--- one thread overlaps another, and then another... overlay emotional tugs from several directions--- a divorced wife and distant family, past romantic liaisons and recurrent intervals of self-questioning from Gilchrist, and the story becomes even more absorbing... a terrific read...
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Oooh - a cop story set in St Andrews! How could I resist? Not sure I believe that the Fife constabulary drive Mercedes sports cars though, but I dare say there might be one.

I really don't believe that someone is brutally bumping off all the wife-beaters in the town though. How would anyone know whom to kill? Nor that there is a sex pervert murdering people as well, in an entirely unrelated series of killings. Nor that the cop with the Merc has a sixth sense which leads him unerringly to the right answer.

Naturally the cop is at odds with his superior. This happens all the time, but luckily he can redeem himself by single-handedly catching the baddie in the nick of time.

Sounds like I didn't enjoy it? Well in fact I did - I just found the murder rate for a town of 15000 was unfeasibly high - something like 20% of the whole of Scotland. And I struggled to see why the cop reached the conclusions he did on apparently no evidence. And oddly there don't seem to be any students about, a bit odd for a university town in term-time.
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By Aspen TOP 500 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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