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Glasgow is being terrorised by a serial killer the media have nicknamed The Cutter. The murders have left the police baffled. There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason behind the killings; no kind of pattern or motive; an entirely different method of murder each time, and nothing that connects the victims except for the fact that the little fingers of their right hands have been severed.
If DS Rachel Narey could only work out the key to the seemingly random murders, how and ...
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Overview

Glasgow is being terrorised by a serial killer the media have nicknamed The Cutter. The murders have left the police baffled. There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason behind the killings; no kind of pattern or motive; an entirely different method of murder each time, and nothing that connects the victims except for the fact that the little fingers of their right hands have been severed.
If DS Rachel Narey could only work out the key to the seemingly random murders, how and why the killer selects his victims, she would be well on her way to catching him. But as the police, the press and a threatening figure from Glasgow's underworld begin to close in on The Cutter, his carefully-laid plans threaten to unravel - with horrifying consequences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847379870
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 46,542
  • File size: 257 KB

Meet the Author

During his 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, Craig Robertson interviewed three recent Prime Ministers; attended major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann; beenwas pilloried on breakfast television, beat Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India. His debut novel, RANDOM, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger and was a Sunday Times bestseller
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  • Posted March 7, 2012

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    Random, murderer vs. Glasgow, randomness vs. logic and pleasure vs. fear. The next victim? Maybe you┬┐

    This novel is a whole thrilling insight into the obscure mind of a serial killer with no obvious acting pattern. The Cutter appears to be a dangerous psychopath, on the inside he is a smart and hurt man longing for revenge and destruction. Random involves a murderer plot which is interwoven with a kind of underworld plot. In my opinion the involved underworld plot slows the overall story down and blurs it unnecessarily.

    The story is told from the murderer’s point of view that puts the reader into a moral conflict. Other novels are written in the POV of a detective, but Craig Robertson wants to show the other side, show the motives of a desperate murderer. Feel sorry for the culprit or the victims? A decision, not as easy as in most thrillers.

    Most interesting about Random are the random tactics and techniques the murderer applies to choose his victims. The author presents a very profound theoretical and historical background to the plot. He provides us with an insight into biological and psychical processes of his victims. Several chapters consist of newspaper articles talking about the cruel murders of the Cutter. Form, style and content are authentically written in newspaper style so that the creation of an actual and authentic crime case is supported. Although the overall atmosphere is dark and depressing, the plot is lightened up by a few jokes and irony.

    As a little advice: Some of the murders are brutal and many swear words are applied. Random deals with a dark and criminal milieu, so I don’t recommend reading this novel if you are rather squeamish.

    I read this novel on train rides and I never got bored. Reading this novel in public, the most unsafe place you could be in Random, was a new experience, always wondering about murderers minds and the always present anxiety of being a possible victim to fate. I find it very shocking that the applied strategies to sort out a random victim really fascinated me and I thought about how they would work in real life, how dangerous someone applying those methods would be for public life and safety.

    THE VERDICT

    The first novel of a journalist with major media knowledge and a great sense for the exciting mind and moral gamesof a killer.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Zach

    Sets a tree on fire

    1 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    It Just Never Got Better

    You know how you start a book and you don't like it, but you keep reading because you think it's going to get better? Don't make that mistake with this book. It doesn't get better. Also the Scottish accent throughout the book made it difficult reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Testing

    &heart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    TMS

    Awsome!!! A bot of spelling errors, the name Pailflower? Awsome story!!! Come read mine at Morning reses. The chapters got switched around. Keep going!!! Love it! &#9829 &#9825

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    To all

    Sorry blue i thought the rp was dead. Ill move to circle all results. To tms yeah theres quite a few. I was in a rush ill post the rest at circle

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    <in>Hellohhddjddjd

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Hey guys

    This is Pink reporting in. Sorry I havn't posted for so long, but I've been working on a new series. You can see it at the Staff of Serapis. It's called Daughter of Lycan.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    &elepsion

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    &#9786 &#9787 &#9828 &#9833 &#9835 &#9825 &#9826

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    To ember

    *a giant crash happens outside devon is in a feild of grass unconcious

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Click me!!!

    I don't know why this book ia called Random, but its not random. This book is not random its very sad. Read th description for this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Eyes

    Name: ______ Age/hight: _____ and ____ Gender: Unknone Looks: long mottled cloke. Blue eyes. Strangths: Hidden assasinations. Creativeness. Hiding. Sharp objects. Weeknesses: hand to hand combat. High places. So d*** mystireout. Other: she/he says nothing. Ever

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Chartreuse

    Name: you can call me Chartreuse. Age: 18 Hight: 5'8 Apperance: dirty blond hair, light, spring green eyes, and a pixie nose. Mask: from forehead to the tip of her nose, light green, two feathers, white and gold, on the left side. Personality: fun-loving, always up for a good time... assassin style. Activity: I'm a night owl, on every day sometime past 7 central time. Usually earlier. Strength: Creativity Weakness: huge sweet tooth, will do anything for chocolate Other: I'm single, arguing is one of my strong suits, and I tend to not take things seriously.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    White

    Hi im white. Im albino so i have red eyes and a white haired pixie cut. Im 13 years old but can keep up fine. What i lack in size i make up in with speed and smarts. My weakness is strength. I dont have any fancy weapon i just carry a pistol. POST

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Blue

    Ummmm. That was boring. Keep a stable tense and do not switch between past and present tense. Use paragraphs, and if you do not know how, use < p > no spaces at the beginning and end of every paragraph. Use better grammar and spelling, and try to fix your typos. The plot and characters are seriously lacking, and it was really short. Build your plot around your characters and their personalities. Otherwise, it is in my rp. If you would like to continue it here skip res two, which is random acts of trust. Please take this into account. <p>
    <p> ~Blue

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Great Plot, wonky typing.

    I loved the plot and ending to Random, but there seemed to be a lot of typos. The book is written in the scottish accent, but because I'm used to the accent, i could understamd it fine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Jack

    I smile af ria

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Couldn't Make It Past Ch 5

    I had a very slow start and never really picked up and I continued. I saw lots of positive reviews but personally the book was not to my taste.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Ria

    Smiles back, then looks back and forth between justice and jack. "Sooo, what now?"

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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