One psychopath. One killer. The Stabber. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye.
Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. The cobbled lanes and backstreets of St Andrews provide the setting for these brutal killings. But six unsolved murders and mounting censure from the media force DI Andy Gilchrist off the case. Driven by his fear of failure, and desperate to redeem his career and reputation, Gilchrist vows to catch The Stabber alone...
Frank Muir was born in Glasgow and plagued from a young age with the urge to see more of the world than the rain sodden slopes of the Campsie Fells. Twenty-five years of working overseas helped him appreciate the raw beauty of his home country.
©2008 T. F. Muir (P)2013 Audible Ltd
"Detective Rebus has a new rival who's cleaner living and better looking than the hard-drinking cop. Gilchrist is a 'tall Tom Cruise'." (The Sun)
"Everything I look for in a crime novel." (Louise Welsh)
"Rebus did it for Edinburgh. Laidlaw did it for Glasgow. Gilchrist might just be the bloke to put St Andrews on the crime fiction map." (The Daily Record)
The first time I have come across this author ... and what a find. An excellent story, kept me guessing right to the end. More than just a writer, he is a wordsmith too and some of the language was almost poetry! I believe he won an award with this book and it was well deserved. Will look for his other book now, A hand for a hand.
Must also mention the narrator who really did bring this story to life. He was a pleasure to listen to. Will watch out for him too.
"Gripping story, well narrated"
Gripping story, well narrated, it was as if was there, watching from a distance.
Was Disappointed when it ended.
Cannot wait to read the next book.
"Looking for more"
This was a chance buy. It's not Rebus, nor is it a Serrailer but....!? I was quickly drawn in, probably as much by the narrator as the initial plot but soon could not leave it alone. DI Gilchrist has as many personal issues as we come to expect but he also seems very human - struggling with communicating with his children and ex-wife. I was put off a bit by the reference to Prince William studying at St Andrews, a bit unnecessary in my opinion and it will date the book terribly. Am heading off to search for more in the series for my next credits.
"Very good, drew me in ...."
Enjoyed this book so much I am going to buy another DI Gilchrist novel. David Monteath read the book very believably, and I have to say I was gripped almost from the beginning - even listened to it while I was cooking, which I don't normally do. If you enjoy detective stories and like suspense in your stories then this is the book for you.
OK story, a bit slow and bleak
yes but the second one is similar and the storys merge together in my head
Ok read just a bit slow after the fast pace of other crime thrillers
"Good Characters, Compelling Story, and New Setting"
I wouldn't listen to it again, but that is because I hate the slow recolection of what will happen next.
It was interesting to experience a brooding and seedy side of St Andrews to contrast with my own experiences of the town.
As usual an excellent performance from David Monteath.
I would hve liked to have a single sitting but had to break it down to a few 1 to 2 hour sessions.
The following volumes of this series while still exciting stories, well presented, become a little unsatisfactory as Gilchrist and his friends and family are constantly at the focus of violent crime. The rogue non-conforming policeman character also wears a bit thin. I will still listen/read the remaining books.
"More than a bit over-rated."
Being a fan of Henning Mankel, Ian Rankin, and Michael Connelly, and having read some of the review comments about this book, I came to it with high expectations. Sadly, I was very disappointed, so much so that I didn't actually finish the book.
I take the point made by the previous reviewer that there is a literary, almost poetic, quality to some of Muir's writing, especially descriptions of landscape, weather and so on. On the other hand his description of peoples' emotions and their responses sometimes seemed laboured and unconvincing. There are passages early in the second half of the book when Gilchrist, full of self loathing, and a sense of failure in all aspects of his life speaks in silent monologue about these feelings. The result is rather banal and histrionic rather than painful and sad, as it should be. Attempts to portray this kind of painful and tragic failure are also present in the scenes where Gilchrist is in contact with his grown up children and his terminally ill ex wife, but again I was unconvinced by the author's descriptions of the emotions involved.
As to the story itself, I found it verging on being gratuitously violent. By the time I gave up there had been something like ten murders plus a couple of rapes, which, for me, is several too many and to my mind smacks of not being able to keep the plot moving without another body. Finally I thought the narrative a bit over-intense. It could have done with a bit more wit and irony.
"Very enjoyable start"
To be fair this is my kind of series, dysfunctional Scottish detective tracking down vicious killers. Gilchrist is a little different in that he is younger and better looking than many of them but you won't find any genre-shattering bombs within these pages.
However, it's very well written, well narrated and so I have gone on through the rest of the series which I'm happy to confirm keeps up a consistent standard making it well worth investing in.
"A crimewriter up with the best!"
A rather silly and misleading question. There are many equally excellent elements to this audiobook. The characters are interesting and well developed, the dialogue is intuitive, edgy, and sharp, the protagonist is likeable, flawed, and gutsy, with a depth that makes the very detectives stand out, the plot is deliciously multi-layered, and finally, an excellent performance by a reader I'd not listened to before, David Monteath.
Another moronic question...I don't do spoilers!
Do we have a few hours?...hmm. In a nutshell, the two are not comparable. If you read a book, you bring in your own imagination, which is fine, but it will depend on the level of that imagination as to how good the book could be...you are, after all, limited by your own acting and storytelling ability. When you get a good reader, he will no doubt be trained in acting, and will have that creativity that brings something extra to a story that most people would not be able to do. He will bring dimensions to a book that you may not be able to unearth...I'm sure there'll be indignant readers out there who will argue this, but, believe me, when I hear people say they feel they'd like to do audiobook reading, because they've been told or think they have a good voice, when they actually give me a sample by reading something, they are usually embarrassingly bland and uncreative. You may lose a sense of achievement by listening to an audiobook, but the quality of the narrator can more often than not far outweigh this.
What on earth does this have to do with listening to an audiobook?
TF Muir aka Frank Muir is a gem of a crimewriter that I sincerely hope becomes a household name in crimewriting. He is definitely up there with the Peter James, Mark Billinghams, and possibly better. There are some similarities, but only some, to Ian Rankin, and not because he's Scottish. If you like Rebus, or even Fenwick (Elisabeth Corley) then you will not be disappointed with this series. It's a real shame that there's only a handful of books at the moment, and he's not the most prolific of writers, but perhaps with increased popularity, he may devote more time to writing.
Please give us back the option to write free hand reviews.
"run of the mill crime drama"
An eye for an eye was ok. Perhaps I have read too many of this type of book and fail to be enthused, but it was middle of the road.
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