When DCI Andy Gilchrist is called to a crime scene to find an amputated hand clutching a note addressed to him, he is pulled into an investigation that will test him to the limit. Soon other single word clues are found along with amputated body parts and the murderer's vengeful message becomes clear as the identity of the next intended victim is revealed. But when someone close to him disappears, Gilchrist knows he is too late. Together with Nance Wilson, the sexy DC with her own agenda, Gilchrist comes to see the answer to the present murders lies within the secrets of his past.
Forced to confront his demons, Gilchrist must solve the cryptic clues and find the murderer before the next victim, a woman whose life means more to Gilchrist than his own, is served up to him piece by slaughtered piece. Frank Muir was born in Glasgow and has been plagued from a young age with the urge to see the rest of the world Twenty-five years of working overseas helped him appreciate the raw beauty of his home country. Frank is now a dual US/UK citizen, living in Lenzie and working in the US.
His first novel Eye for an Eye was chosen by Louise Welsh as the winner of the Pitlochry Award for the best crime story by an unpublished author in 2004.
©2012 T. F. Muir (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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"Well balanced and gripping book"
I just couldn't stop listening! The plot unravels with all the usual twists and turns, not quite sure who the final culprit is. Great story line brilliant characters and all the usual demands on on DI Gilchrist. You can almost feel the sense of panic in the story and I found myself wanting Andy to win through!
Well narrated which adds to the overall feel of the book.
Go on buy it – you will not be disappointed!
"So much gore"
The story was well told. I enjoyed the narrator better than the narrative which, for me had too much explicit detail, both of brutal happenings and sexual scenes - is Andy Gilchrist the "James Bond" of the Fife Constabulary?. However, if I gloss over those things, or if you like them, this was a good story, though I am not sure it lives up to the rave reviews I have seen to date. I will listen to the next one in the series as I feel that, all things considered, it could get better and I like Scottish detectives and Scotland.
"Great story, well read"
I discovered T.F Muir through Audible and have only listened to the audiobook versions of his novels.
I enjoyed the first one, An Eye for an Eye, and was not disappointed by the sequel. DI Gilchrist is deepening as a character and the relationship with his children and ex-wife is explored in more depth in this novel.
David Monteath gave an excellent performance, reading with great interpretation and believable accents.
It's just as well that audiobooks are portable as I found myself listening at all available opportunities - while in the car, walking the dog, cooking etc.
I don't think you need to have read/listened to the first one before getting this one as the stories are entirely separate and this doesn't refer in any way to the first book. I'll certainly be getting the next one.
"Another Gem of a Crime Thriller Series"
This is a gritty and well read series of thrillers set in St Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife. I managed The Russacks Hotel up there for just over a year and these thrillers bring back a number of memories. The stories are well written and have you on the edge of your seat at times. Twists and turns galore, you cannot help but get embroiled in the main character DCI Gilchrist and his oddball team and I am so glad I gave the series a try. I have now listened to the first 2 books and have just downloaded the 3rd. I am hooked !
"Great gripping yarn"
Gripping gruesome great
Really felt for protagonist as solving the mystery became personal
In the Robison visiting suspect and psychological stand offs
Had listened to eye for eye and enjoyed that so made sense to listens to this too and not disappointed
"Hand for a Hand"
Enjoyed this book even more than the 1st in the series.
So glad to have discovered T F Muir. The main character DCI Gilchrist is very believable and his relationship to his family is woven into the story very well.
"Fantastic loved the whole series!"
Just a great book loved the way the series went, this 4 book set must be read in order. 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 fact that the plot kept you thinking all the way along the story line!
he is Gilchrist, isn't he? lol
All of the above, a great roller coaster!
Just 5 star for author and narrator
"Brutal, but hard to care about characters."
Characters I could empathise with.
The characters didnt act in a believeable way, for example: A mans girlfriend is murdered and he just drinks and watches football?
It is a middle aged mans fantasy, which made it a cringeworthy read - Hard man Gilchrist drinks heavily (it seems hes more concerned with having a pint than solving the case, rediculous concidering who it involves), speeds around in his midlife chrisis mobile, and has sex with his much younger female coworker - who fawns over him for some reason. She also feeds him fish and chips while hes speeding along in his Mercedes.
It also has the typical cop story cliche of tension between Gilchrist and his superiors.
There is also a key part of the plot which involves a laptop password, and a lot of prining, its pretty silly.
The performance was a bit hit and miss, sometimes it was spot on, but at others it became comical - sometimes robotic, or made characters sound like the were asking a question instead of stating a fact or opinion.
There was a twist near the end which was interesting.
"I need a fifth book please."
Four books all of which I did not want to end.
Anger, frustration, fear, love, revulsion its all there but you feel its real!
Gilchrist without a doubt. A very human man with all the weaknesses but a man you could trust.
There are a lot in each book.... But I think for me as a father finding his princess by the tower.
It pushed all my buttons and I can't wait until there is a book five.
"Brilliant crime novel based in St Andrews."
No, I tend to neverlistento books twice.
The main character is an interesting and complex character.
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