Grave Situation

Grave Situation

by Alex MacLean




Halifax cop Allan Stanton is a troubled homicide detective who has lost everything, including his family and his sense of justice. When he finally decides to leave the force and start over, he's assigned a string of murders that all bear the signs of a serial killer collecting trophies.

As Stanton unravels each grisly crime scene, the mounting evidence points uncomfortably close to him and a case more disturbing than anything he's ever seen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466396807
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Alex MacLean is a writer, martial artist and an avid reader, with a special interest in books dealing with cultural history. He makes his home in Nova Scotia where he has spent many years working in the security industry.

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Grave Situation 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
fromkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a seriously mixed review. First, the good: Alex MacLean is at his best at crime scenes and autopsies. I don't know how accurate his descriptions are, but they are riveting. Now the bad: MacLean's dialogue and internal monologues are weak. At first, I thought the stilted speech/thought had something to do with the characters being Canadian, but I soon realized that I was being charitable; it's MacLean, not Canada. MacLean could certainly have used a better editor. He uses "parent's" when he should have used "parents'". "Toronto" is an international city, and does not need to be followed by "Ontario." The suspect enters a graveyard with a shovel and duffel bag, but leaves only with the shovel; the police don't find the duffel bag. What happened to it? A psychiatrist says, "the murderer is sorry for what they did," one of many examples of lack of subject/pronoun agreement. "It's never about the victim's..." Finally, motive was weak, and the driving force behind the plot was preposterous. Sorry, but I can't recommend this one.
horrorbrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the mystery/crime genre I specifically requested this ebook through LibraryThing¿s Member Giveaway, and overall, I was not disappointed. The story itself is intriguing, and is told through two separate viewpoints, that of police detective Allan Stanton and serial killer Herb Matteau. Although superficially on opposite ends of the spectrum, both men struggle with their own inner demons and it this development that makes the characters interesting and propels the story forward, especially since the identity of the killer is established early on. A well written and descriptive narrative that will keep you wanting more as you try to decipher the cause of the events and the eventual end game.
LesliK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book was ok in a whole. Some parts were better then the others. I felt like there could have been more information/details about the serial killer and the man that wanted the body parts.
RenaeSullivan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very good mystery/detective story. I enjoyed it.
brie867 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of a cop, burnt out in his job and what his life has become; searching for a killer whose victims seem to flout any pattern. Great twist at the end, some characters seemed to be very well developed while others leave the reader wishing to know more. Great quick read, can be rather engrossing as you near the end! Great mystery!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Well, once again I have read a series out of order. I first read One Kill Away (Bk 2) a short while ago and loved it! I then added GRAVE SITUATION to my wish list. I received a digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review ... thank you so much! Allan Stanton is a great series character. He has personal issues with an ex-wife and a young son that he doesn't get to see near often enough. Being a detective, he sees all the worst of humanity and the more he sees, the more he wants to walk away. He has just about decided to leave the force and move closer to where his son resides. But right now he has another case. A string of murders with the serial killer taking trophies from each of his victims. These are gruesome murders and there's no rhyme nor reason to why these particular people were chosen. The story line is well written. Dialogue is believable. Characters are carefully fleshed out to show not only the good, but the bad as well. And... I have it on good authority that we will definitely see more adventures of Allan Stanton. 4.5 stars
Bloggabook More than 1 year ago
This is a cut and dry mystery/suspense with a straight forward plot structure. Not really any surprises here as to how this is going to shape up.  I wish there had been some more plot twists or depth to these characters. I enjoy Mr. Maclean's writing style. It is very linear and not overly verbose. However, I felt some things were left by the wayside in this one.  The main detective's relationship with his child is one. It seems to be a big part in one section then is forgotten for a while in the next.  The biggest void for me is the killer's motivation. Nothing quite fits into the analysis provided of a serial killer. Even if this guy doesn't fit the mold, he still has so little depth to him to be almost scenery instead of a main character. All in all it is a comfortable ride with not much of interest along the way.
sewolf0310 More than 1 year ago
How do you catch a serial killer who not only seems to leave the scene without any witnesses or clues, but he also dismembers his victims?  And why does he dismember them? Luckily, Lieutenant Allan Stanton is a very determined man.  Not only is he a dedicated lawman, although his dedication cost him his marriage, but what he feels for the victims, whether it be Trixy, the hooker, her sister, Cathy, or any of the others, compels him to find and catch the killer. Herb on the other hand, is very meticulous in his planning, down to the last detail. Details, this book is full of them!  From the scenery, to the recollections and in some cases, very graphic descriptions of the murders.  Parts of this are not for the faint hearted.  The cast of characters is as great as the details, making it seem even more realistic.  A serial killer case can not be solved by one man alone, and Alex MacLean leaves no one out or is made to seem less important.  This book will keep you turning pages until the end!
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read, that I could'nt put down. I almost felt as though I was in the middle of a real police investigation. Everything was tied into the plot, with so many different twists and turns throughout the story. Not only are the crimes heinous, but you also follow the struggles of a police detective that is overworked and stressed out about the way his life is going. While reading this book I could actually feel myself being drawn into the stories and lives of all the characters involved. P.S. The ending was not what I was expecting. Great storytelling and writing.