Five Ways to Kill A Man
by Alex Gray
on Tour July 30 - August 30, 2017
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?
I enjoyed this novel, the latest in the DCI Lorimer series. It is a good combination of investigative procedure, character development, and scene description. The frequent exploration of the personal lives of the characters helped remind me that policemen (and women) are real people with personal lives that also have important events. It reveals as well some of the emotions that policemen experience in their daily work.
Gray uses a sort of universal viewpoint where we are privy to the experiences and thoughts of many characters, including the murderer. I always find that a little disconcerting until I get used to the narrative jumping around to different people and settings.
The plot is a good one as it weaves together the investigations Lorimer is doing with his personal life. We are offered many clues along the way but I was still unsure of the culprit near the end. The style of the narrative is like the English mystery, with little suspense.
I recommend this novel to those who enjoy exploring the psychology behind the behavior of characters while reading a police procedural mystery. I have read earlier book in this series and it was interesting to read more about some of the characters and how their lives are changing. It does read well as a stand alone mystery, however.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Procedural
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Number of Pages: 368
ISBN: 0062659189 (ISBN13: 9780062659187)
Series: DCI Lorimer #7, All are Stand Alone
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the Department of Health, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English.
Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles, and commissions for BBC radio programs. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers' Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing.
A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, she is the author of thirteen DCI Lorimer novels. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.
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