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Summary

When DCI Andy Gilchrist is called to a crime scene to find an amputated hand clutching a note addressed to him, he is pulled into an investigation that will test him to the limit. Soon other single word clues are found along with amputated body parts and the murderer's vengeful message becomes clear as the identity of the next intended victim is revealed. But when someone close to him disappears, Gilchrist knows he is too late. Together with Nance Wilson, the sexy DC with her own agenda, Gilchrist comes to see the answer to the present murders lies within the secrets of his past.

Forced to confront his demons, Gilchrist must solve the cryptic clues and find the murderer before the next victim, a woman whose life means more to Gilchrist than his own, is served up to him piece by slaughtered piece. Frank Muir was born in Glasgow and has been plagued from a young age with the urge to see the rest of the world Twenty-five years of working overseas helped him appreciate the raw beauty of his home country. Frank is now a dual US/UK citizen, living in Lenzie and working in the US.

His first novel Eye for an Eye was chosen by Louise Welsh as the winner of the Pitlochry Award for the best crime story by an unpublished author in 2004.

©2012 T. F. Muir (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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So much gore

The story was well told. I enjoyed the narrator better than the narrative which, for me had too much explicit detail, both of brutal happenings and sexual scenes - is Andy Gilchrist the "James Bond" of the Fife Constabulary?. However, if I gloss over those things, or if you like them, this was a good story, though I am not sure it lives up to the rave reviews I have seen to date. I will listen to the next one in the series as I feel that, all things considered, it could get better and I like Scottish detectives and Scotland.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • Andover, United Kingdom
  • 09-12-13

Great story, well read

Would you consider the audio edition of Hand for a Hand to be better than the print version?

I discovered T.F Muir through Audible and have only listened to the audiobook versions of his novels.

What other book might you compare Hand for a Hand to, and why?

I enjoyed the first one, An Eye for an Eye, and was not disappointed by the sequel. DI Gilchrist is deepening as a character and the relationship with his children and ex-wife is explored in more depth in this novel.

What about David Monteath’s performance did you like?

David Monteath gave an excellent performance, reading with great interpretation and believable accents.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's just as well that audiobooks are portable as I found myself listening at all available opportunities - while in the car, walking the dog, cooking etc.

Any additional comments?

I don't think you need to have read/listened to the first one before getting this one as the stories are entirely separate and this doesn't refer in any way to the first book. I'll certainly be getting the next one.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Growing in Character!

In DI Gilchrist T F Muir has developed a likeable character with a highly believable mix of humanity's strengths, weaknesses and foibles. This follow up to the first book further develops that character which is something I find important, I like to feel invested in the characters before I can enjoy a story.

Of course the story is important to, it's gruesome, has multiple twists and turns and builds into a genuinely adrenaline filled climax. All supported by the excellent narration of David Monteith including both the gruesome detail and the lighter moments.

Well recommended but not for the really faint hearted!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable but grim

I enjoyed this book but I found it a bit stressful in places and if the books get much more grim I may have to give up. The narration was excellent and the main character is likeable, believable which made the difficult aspects of the plot tolerable.

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  • C
  • 11-08-17

Bit disappointed

I really liked the first of this series and used a credit to buy this which is rare for me for stories rather than learning.

The story here was just too predictable once the first victim was identified. Glasgow gangland crooks also a bit yawn! Too much reference to, and reliance on infamous "sixth sense".

Narration is good although the guy really relishes pronouncing "murder" in the famous Taggart style. But hey thats ok if you aren't in a public place with headphones or can resist repeating. And the landlord seemed to gain an Irish accent not apparent in the first book.

Grouch...overuse of the word pubis in the sex scenes. Slightly weird and annoying and find I'm still thinking about it days later and started listening out for it!

Two books in and I have realised that reference to past cases isn't a story I missed, just a bit lazy annoying literary device.

Overall feels like a bit of a rushed follow up following a pretty quick plot plan. All that said, I won't discount trying one more on the strength of the first book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Adrian
  • Halvergate, United Kingdom
  • 13-10-13

Another Gem of a Crime Thriller Series

This is a gritty and well read series of thrillers set in St Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife. I managed The Russacks Hotel up there for just over a year and these thrillers bring back a number of memories. The stories are well written and have you on the edge of your seat at times. Twists and turns galore, you cannot help but get embroiled in the main character DCI Gilchrist and his oddball team and I am so glad I gave the series a try. I have now listened to the first 2 books and have just downloaded the 3rd. I am hooked !

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A lazy piece of writing

Unbelievable story with lack of attention to basic detail. I almost gave up after a couple of hours. Wish I had.

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  • JPH
  • Hertfordshire
  • 01-07-17

Not a bad for a second book in the series.

Having listened to the first book, Eye for an Eye I was looking forward to the next. The story is a bit gory & in some aspects a little hard to believe especially when a girlfriend is murdered in a horrendous way & the boyfriends way of coping is to resort to alcohol (understandable!) but to watch football! I also got very frustrated with Gilchrist's desperate search for Maureen & what seemed the numerous useless & unproductive interviews with Topley. The author also seems to be fixated with a certain part of a women's anatomy as it's mentioned far too many times. I'm no prude but I can only hope the next book in the series concentrates more on solving the crime & less on the sexual descriptions. David Monteath gives another steller performance.

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  • Ms
  • Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 08-07-13

Great gripping yarn

If you could sum up Hand for a Hand in three words, what would they be?

Gripping gruesome great

What did you like best about this story?

Really felt for protagonist as solving the mystery became personal

Which scene did you most enjoy?

In the Robison visiting suspect and psychological stand offs

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Had listened to eye for eye and enjoyed that so made sense to listens to this too and not disappointed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hand for a Hand

Enjoyed this book even more than the 1st in the series.

So glad to have discovered T F Muir. The main character DCI Gilchrist is very believable and his relationship to his family is woven into the story very well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful