A body in the river

The Riverman by Alex Gray is part of a police procedural series where the main character is SCI Lorimer. The books are based in Glasgow and the local geography features in the writing – I always like books which are based in an area even if I don’t know the location well. This book is part of a series and I haven’t read any others but it didn’t disadvantage me in understanding the story.

The police are called when a dead body is fished out of a river in the city. The dead man is an accountant and he has been murdered but there are few clues to follow up on. As the team investigates another murder takes place in the same firm – are they connected ? If so, how ?. Meanwhile events are occurring in the home life of the characters which affect how they think and react.

This is a plot full of twists and turns and I think it is very hard to work out for yourself who the murderer is – it takes the investigating team most of the book and they do have some excellent good luck in the form of coincidences to help them. It’s not too complicated that I had any problem keeping track of what was going on.

This is well written and enjoyable. It’s not very gritty but it is atmospheric. It doesn’t really stand out from the crowd of similar books from many authors but it’s well enough done and the location and the characters are compelling sufficiently to encourage me to read other books by the same author.

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