- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (6 Dec. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751543845
- ISBN-13: 978-0751543841
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Pound Of Flesh: 9 (William Lorimer) Paperback – 6 Dec 2012
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A new Alex Gray has become something to be keenly anticipated by her growing number of fans, and they'll be well satisfied by A Pound of Flesh. Gray has no equal when it comes to unmasking killers and she has excelled herself here . . . Gray is the new master of Scottish crime writing (Scottish Daily Express)
Two serial killers. One detective. No time to lose.See all Product Description
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The fans of Alex Gray books, however, will be keenest of all to find out how Detective Supeintendent Lorimer is adjusting to his new job as head of the Serious Crime Squad whose brief is to investigate a range of criminal activities throughout the Strathclyde region. You get the sense that Lorimer would rather be out there in the thick of things rather than delegating his team's activities.
However when it appears that there are two serial killers, and the Deputy First Minister for Scotland is one of the men targeted, Lorimer has to immerse himelf right at the heart of the action. Although he has been directed by the Commissionerr to concentrate all his efforts on the Deputy First Minister, Lorimer is equally obsessed with the vicious murders of the prostitutes. The psychologist Solly Brightman is the first to posit the idea that the killer of the men might be a woman. Readers have been made aware of this at the beginning of the novel, But there is plenty of confusion,and further murders before Lorimer and his squad bring the case of the serial killers t0 a dramatic conclusion
I read 'Cold in the Earth' Cold in the Earth my first book by Aline Templeton this year and before I got to the end I had already ordered another in the Galloway series. I also read 'Red Bones' Red Bones (Shetland Quartet 3)by Ann Cleeves and have since bought the first book in her Shetland Quartet. Both these writers have set their stories in rural Scotland and they have created believable characters in compelling plots and circumstances. Using them as a yardstick I felt that Alex Gray fell short in this novel.
The setting for 'A Pound of Flesh' is Glasgow and more specifically the central red-light zone of the city. The central character is the tall; dark; handsome; blue-eyed; happily married; recently promoted; and soon to be 40 Detective Superintendent Lorimer. It seems that he beguiles all the women he meets. He's just a thoroughly decent man, correct to a fault, and that is refreshing but we are so often reminded of it, that it begins to grate.
The dual plot is of the serial violent murder of prostitutes and a parallel series of killings of men in white mercedes. It's a good idea for a plot but for me the writing did not exploit this good plot line to its best effect. It lacked bite and tension. In the end I found it all a bit irritating and the dramatic ending under a full moon did nothing to redeem it for me. Disappointing therefore, sorry DS Lorimer, maybe I'll check on you another time but not soon.
Then his best friend wasn't any better. I thought I was going to find a chapter where their periods synchronised.
A good book tarnished by filler. It would be better to be 100 pages shorter because it could be more intense and gripping rather than dribbling on.
Tough intelligent copper partnered by a bright savy psychologist?
Sorry! Couldn't finish it. First book since Cody McFadyen's "Shadow Man". This book isn't as bad. McFadyen's book was so overly wordy with crappy dialogue and description, it actually made me physically sick.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent storyline and love that we learn so much about the characters. Alex Gray is fabulousPublished 5 months ago by Janette
Two killers operating in Glasgow during the freezing winter. D.S.Lorimer has his hands full this time.Published 7 months ago by KLM
Another excellent story. Although this book is well into the series, it's still possible to read & understand without having read lay of the preceding stories.Published 9 months ago by m
This is a story of murder and revenge combined with the usual updates on the lives of the main characters who appear in all the novels of this series. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Maisiemaj
Was expecting a clever crime story, with clues and evidence, a smart detective hunting a killer. Got a badly written, clichéd 12 hour episode of the bill after it had gotten... Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Mcdonald
A pleasant read with an insight into criminal psychology. Possibly not as good as Swedish Girl but builds up as you go along.Published 17 months ago by Grey haired Al