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)
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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.
"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.
Much less gory detail. I am only two and a half hours in and have had enough of the graphic details.
No, but it has put me off more books by this author.
Clear, well-paced, nice tone.
I hope I can return this book - not my cup of tea at all I'm afraid!
"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.
"Fantastic loved the whole series!"
I have done, my wife the whole series is great, David Monteath was brilliant he really did make this work! :) I thought Paul Thornley was the only Narrator out there I have now found my second.
The whole book
It is a thriller that had me shouting at the player! lol
Just 5 star for author and narrator
"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.
I think the audio book helped increase the tension of the story and provided more graphic descriptions than e written word would elicit.
The graphic details of the murder in the opening chapter left a lingering, if shiver inducing memory in my mind
Some of the voices seemed to be unnecessarily loud which seemed to me a little,out of sync with the rest of the narration. Otherwise the narrators voice was easy to listen to and enjoyable.
A tale of vengeance and betrayal that will keep you guessing to the end.
"Great, Gritty Crime"
Gritty, Dark and Compelling.
I loved that information about the main character and his history was slowly fed to the reader/listener. As well as discovering more about the crimes - and that twist with the killer! - you discovered more about Gilchrist.
Pretty much everything, but some of the "voices" for the female characters sounded very similar and at times it was a little confusing.
Because of the pacing of this book, it was an easy one to dip in and out of, which was perfect for me because of how I listen to audiobooks.
I loved Gilchrist and bought the second one upon finishing this one. I'd definitely read/listen to this series in order because of the way you learn about the various characters.
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