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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751548227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751548228
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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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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The story doesn't flow very well
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verygood
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The latest in the gritty Glasgow based crime series.If you liked Taggart you will love this.
A book you can't put down
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Great read
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well written
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This was the first book I had read by Alex Gray. I really enjoyed it, I found it hard to put down. I enjoyed the fact it was set in Glasgow. Well worth a read!
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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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`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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