When an elderly woman is found dead at her home, newly fledged DC Kirsty Wilson is called to the scene. It appears that the woman had a mysterious visitor in the early hours of that morning - someone dressed as a carer but with much darker intentions. It soon becomes obvious that this was not death by natural causes; in fact it was murder.
Before she can catch her breath, DC Wilson is thrown in at the deep end as another body turns up. This time it's a gruesome crime scene, the victim a well-known drug dealer from Glasgow's mean streets, and there's no question that this was a brutal execution.
The two cases appear to have nothing in common, but when a second vulnerable person is murdered in their sleep, the police realise that it's only a matter of time before the next victim emerges, and Detective Superintendent William Lorimer is called in to help DC Wilson investigate.
This case is big, and it's about to get more personal than either of them could have imagined....
©2015 Alex Gray (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"The Scottish writer Alex Gray has been building a reputation as one of the most reliable practitioners of crime fiction at work today, and Keep the Midnight Out is one of her very best books. The series featuring her protagonist Detective Superintendent Lorimer has gone from strength to strength." (Good Book Guide)
"Brings Glasgow to life in the same way Ian Rankin evokes Edinburgh." (Daily Mail)
Detail is good. Detail sets the scene. Detail makes you feel, makes you smell, makes you imagine, scream, giggle or jump. Unfortunately here, the first 4 chapters are full of detail that lead you to yawn and scratch and wonder what you'll have for tea and ultimately to snooze.
I love books. I love well written books that bring people and places to life but this is simply monotonous. The earlier books are fantastic and I was looking forward to this but the irritation it has caused means it is going back for a refund.
Think how long you had to work to pay for this book. Is that length of toil worth it for what feels like never ending drudgery? Unlikely.
"Is it just me"
or is the religious voice starting to become more strident? While I still enjoyed this book, and continue to enjoy the development of characters, I felt almost as if I were being preached at. I have read non-secular works with less religious undertone.
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