The Silent Games
by Alex Gray
on Tour March 12 - April 14, 2018
Alex Gray's stunning new Lorimer novel, set against the backdrop of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, brings the vibrant city to life in a race to stop the greatest threat the city has ever known.2014: The Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow and security is extra tight, particularly after a mysterious bomb explodes in nearby rural Stirlingshire. As the opening ceremony for the Games draws ever closer, the police desperately seek the culprits. But Detective Superintendent Lorimer has other concerns on his mind. One is a beautiful red-haired woman from his past whose husband dies suddenly on his watch. Then there is the body of a young woman found dumped in countryside just south of the city who is proving impossible to identify. Elsewhere in Glasgow people prepare for the events in their own way, whether for financial gain or to welcome home visitors from overseas. And, hiding behind false identities, are those who pose a terrible threat not just to the Games but to the very fabric of society.
Critical Praise:“An excellent procedural in which Gray ... does for Glasgow what Ian Rankin did for Edinburgh in the annals of crime fiction.” — Kirkus Reviews on The Silent Games
“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
“Brings Glasgow to life in the same way Ian Rankin evokes Edinburgh.” — Daily Mail (UK)
I have read several of the novels featuring Lorimer and enjoyed them. This is a gritty one as one of the cases Lorimer works on deals with human trafficking. Some of the scenes were hard to read but I think they accurately reflected that often hidden segment of society.
I do like the balance Gray strikes between character development and police procedure. I appreciated getting to know Maggie, Lorimer's wife, a bit better. She is gracious but astute, especially when an old flame of Lorimer's stays with them for a while. She is a good help to her husband.
I was fascinated with the many references to singing birds and bird songs in the narrative. It turned out those references had something to do with aspects of the plot too. One character says, “I am a bird who cannot sing.” Another makes reference to a “singing bird,” one who tells on his mates.
I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy the British style of mystery with lots of description and character development along with the ongoing police work.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: March 13th 2018
Number of Pages: 368
Series: A DCI Lorimer Novel, #11 (Stand Alone)
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