The Riverman: A DCI Lorimer Novel

The Riverman: A DCI Lorimer Novel

by Alex Gray

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Overview

Fans of atmospheric police procedurals will love watching Glasgow vividly come to life with the shocking twists and turns that have made Alex Gray an international bestseller

When a dead body is fished out of Glasgow’s River Clyde the morning after an office celebration, it looks like a case of accidental death. But an anonymous telephone call and a forensic toxicology test give Detective Chief Inspector William Lorimer reason to think otherwise. Probing deeper into the life and business of the deceased accountant, a seemingly upright member of the community, Lorimer finds only more unanswered questions.

What is the secret his widow seems to be concealing? Was the international accounting firm facing financial difficulties? What has become of the dead man’s protégé who has disappeared in New York? And when another employee is found dead in her riverside flat these questions become much more disturbing. Lorimer must cope not only with deceptions from the firm, but also with suspicions from those far closer to home . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062659125
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Series: DCI William Lorimer Series , #4
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 170,981
File size: 700 KB

About the Author

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.

 

http://www.alex-gray.com/

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The Riverman 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Belsornia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
'The Riverman' is a competent murder mystery, but lacks any features which make it stand out from its myriad companions in that genre. The case itself is the strongest component, although the denoument requires some suspension of belief, with a variety of suspects and sufficient twists and turns in the investigation without too many wild goose chases or irrelevant diversions. The choice of a corporate environment was also interesting, and the characters there were mostly well drawn and sympathetic, showing that many choices in life, in work and in crime are not matters of black and white.Unfortunately, this did not extend to the investigating team. DCI Lorimer must be one of the lease interesting detectives in crime fiction, and most of the supporting team barely merited a cursory description (aside from copious references to Brightman's beard). Lorimer is extremely dull, characterised by his aparent lack of interests aside from his job and his equally bland wife, and his ability to behave completely properly and virtuously at all times in work and in life. Unlike with the suspects, decisions for him are always clean cut, and he always comes down on the right side. The only personal moments focus on a tedious subplot in which Lorimer's wife wonders whether he is cheating (of course, he is not). Detectives with troubled personal lives, drinking problems, or musical passions may be tropes but they help the reader to identify with the character and take an interest in the progression of his story. There is none of that with Lorimer; indeed he could easily have been replaced with a different detective with no significant changes to the plot or resolution of the story.I was also disappointed by the location. The marketed as "Glasgow's answer to Iain Rankin" the references to location were purely geographical and conveyed none of the character of the city.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the body count mounts & the plot twists & turns, Glasgow & DCI Lorimer come alive. Well written! aj west
CMash More than 1 year ago
This book was SO good! First time I read anything by this author but she is now on my "authors to read" list. The story and suspense flowed throughout with a cast of characters that were rich in substance. The setting, even though I have never been to Scotland, could picture it with the author's description of her written words. Murders, betrayals, savory characters with secrets, disappearance, relationships both good and bad and much more. I had a hard time putting this one down. And to my pleasure, as I turned the last page, learned that Ms. Gray's next book, PITCH BLACK will be out in March of this year. Can't wait!!!!
Karatheredhead More than 1 year ago
The Riverman was amazing. Alex Gray is one of the most descriptive authors I have come across. I felt like I was walking the streets of Glasgow, Scotland. At first, I didn't know how I was going to keep up with so many characters, but all of the characters weaved together perfectly. No one was left out, and every turn the story took, was explained. It wasn't like at the end of some movies where you are left questioning what happened to so and so or why did they never go back to this theory? Everything was completed to the T. I also love how I guessed who did it, but at times I almost went back on my theory. The mystery and thrills were intense, and I was also thoroughly surprised throughout the book! I recommend this for anyone, especially if you like any TV BBC series such as Inspector Lynley, Prime Suspect, Cracker, etc. I give The Riverman 4 out of 5 stars! I can't wait to read the rest of this series (and the beginning ones as well). Thank you to Alex Gray, Witness Impulse, and Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for providing this copy of The Riverman for my honest review for the blog tour!
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Glasgow’s River Clyde gives up a dead body, a probable accidental death, but for DCI William Lorimer, that probability is tossed out the window when forensics and an anonymous call point to something far more sinister. The victim was an accountant, his company a powerful international firm. Was the company in financial trouble? Is that why this man was found floating in the cold river? What secrets will Lorimer uncover? How many deaths, lies and secrets will be uncovered that are related to this global firm? Follow the trail of deceit, greed and personal agendas as the bodies begin to pile up while the answers remain allusive. Someone knows what is going on and they are not talking, could it be the last person anyone would expect? Twisted, dark and filled with edgy and taut suspense, Alex Gray’s THE RIVERMAN is a suspense reader’s delight as it slowly heats to a boil and spirals to its amazing conclusion. I received this copy from Alex Gray in exchange for my honest review.
BookReviewerJoan More than 1 year ago
This is a great novel to read during these dark winter evenings. The plot is complex yet engaging. I enjoyed how the facts of the case were uncovered bit by bit. It took dogged determination on Lorimer's part to get to the root of the mayhem. The police work is methodical but kept my interest throughout the novel. I felt the ruminations of the characters were well balanced with periodic action. The point of view jumped around a bit at the beginning but the threads were brought together as the novel progressed. Relationships are an essential aspect of this novel. They are more important in this novel than those concentrating on action. In two of the marriages, there was some concern about the husband having an affair. I liked how those concerns brought a sense of reality to the characters. This is the first novel about DCI Lorimer I have read by Gray. I could tell there was some back story I had missed, such as between Lorimer and his wife, but this novel reads very well on its own. I really enjoyed the setting and the focus on the river in Glasgow. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy the European style of mysteries, with methodical plots that uncover the mystery layer by layer. I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review.