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Summary

An unpredictable killer is loose on the streets of Glasgow, experimenting with death. Beginning with brute force, the murderer moves on to poison and drowning, greedy for new and better ways to kill. Faced with a string of unconnected victims, DCI Lorimer turns to psychologist and friend Solomon Brightman for his insights.

Lorimer is also assigned to review the case of a fatal house fire. His suspicions are raised by shocking omissions in the original investigation. Some uncomfortable questions have been buried, but Lorimer is the man to ask them. As the serial killer gets closer to Lorimer's family, can the DCI unmask the volatile murderer before the next victim is found too close to home?

©2010 Alex Gray (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"The fourth novel by the woman touted as Glasgow's answer to Ian Rankin." ( The Herald)
"An efficiently plotted story with the necessary red herrings and an interesting twist." ( Sunday Herald)
"An absorbing, vivid police-procedural." ( Literary Review)
"Gray artfully intertwines Lorimer's personal and professional lives, balancing action and gore with the kind of emotional depth that keeps the heart thudding and pages turning." ( Scottish Daily Record)
"A fast-paced thriller." ( Hot Stars)

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5 ways to kill a man

brilliant - I really enjoyed his book - it kept me guessing right to the end. Great imagination, beautifully told and good narrator. I will look out more for his work. Well done

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Interesting and entertaining with some editing issues

The story itself took a little time to grab me, but then moved at a good pace and was entertaining. Narration was good but the recording is poorly edited; there are some passages that repeat, which is a little irritating.

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Fair story but Poor editing

Fairly decent story marred by some poor editing. There were a few paragraphs particularly in chapters 6 & 7 that were repeated, for example one paragraph relating to a fire & the possibility it was due to a chip pan. You found that the story would plod along getting then the narrator woukd repeat the last paragraph again which was very off putting. Also the narration would suddenly stop then start again with the last word or words repeated again. Other than these little niggles it was a an engrossing story if a little far fetched in places.

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Great listen

Engaging story and kept me wanting to listen. Great narration. I'll be looking out for more listens by both the author and narrator

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Bad recording but good story

Terrible recording as there were so many repeated sections. Very unusual to have so many in one recording.

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  • jk
  • 27-12-20

Another Cracker !

I am really enjoying this series by Alex Gray. If you like a good crime story with great characters you will not be disappointed. And so it’s onto the next one.......!

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Good listen

Good listen again. Good continuing story in the back ground with a good murder mystery

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Long winded poorly written dull story

Narrator was wasted on such a poor story. Too much of the story felt like padding rather than intrinsic to the plot. Hardly riveting but would be an excellent accompaniment to watching paint dry.

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Incredibly boring

Deary me this was so long and drawn out. The narrator told the story as if the listener was an imbecile, slowly pronouncing the words and articulating with such 'care'.. that was irritating, but the story was odd to say the least, only a couple of the characters were likeable, . Most were not at all rounded and felt as if they were cardboard cut outs. Really incredibly boring.

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  • Dorothy Darby
  • 16-06-17

Five ways To Kill A Man

Great suspense ,the characters ,the book was phenomenal,I am intrigued by DCI Lorimer ,and Professor Sully

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