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Suspenseful, pause-resisting crime writing at its gripping best featuring DCI Andy Gilchrist and set in St Andrews, Scotland

Will DCI Andy Gilchrist end up like the others - dead, beheaded on a beach? The middle of winter in St Andrews. When a young woman's half-naked body is found on Fife's Coastal Path, frozen and with remnants of a rope manacle around her wrist, DCI Andy Gilchrist is given the case.

Gilchrist's investigation uncovers a bloody trail of shootings and executions that lead him to the heart of a trafficking war. Links to Scotland's foremost criminal family, the Home Office, and a killer intent on expanding his territory, pull Gilchrist deeper into this murderous web until he comes face to face with the most dangerous man he has ever met.

Born in Glasgow and now a dual UK/US citizen, T. F. Muir a crime novelist with the first two books of his DCI Andy Gilchrist series published - the first, Eye for an Eye, won the Pitlochry Award for the best crime novel by an unpublished writer, and the second, Hand for a Hand, continues to garner great reviews. He is now working on his next Andy Gilchrist novel, another story suffused with dark alleyways, cobbled streets and all things gruesome.

©2013 T. F. Muir (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • Tracey
  • craigmore, Australia
  • 09-01-17

life

What made the experience of listening to Life for a Life the most enjoyable?

these are a good series well read a time pretty graphic but that is a thiller for you

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

it keeps you wondering what next is coming

What about David Monteath’s performance did you like?

i like the reader he brings characters to life in voice Gilchrist becomes a person you could see in character

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

as above life for a life

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  • M
  • 11-18-13

Another great Gilchrist Novel

I really enjoyed this. If you have read the previous three books you will enjoy this. Like the previous novels the book has a good mixture of characters and some very tense scenes. There are some really chilling characters which are well written. Gilchrist also has a new sidekick who is the most irritable and annoying character - definitely a test for his and the readers patience! A good listen - very good performance from the reader. I will certainly keep reading the series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lucy
  • 11-16-13

Great 4th book in the series

So pleased to see book 4 in the series as I thoroughly enjoyed the first 3. Didn't disappoint! Another great book, and pleased to see the same narrator as he really helped me visualise the characters and the settings. Didn't want them to end and really got into the story- found myself really looking forward to the commute to work!

Hoping there will be more......

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia
  • 09-23-13

Different to the first three in this series.

I felt this book took a while to get off the ground. I felt myself getting quite annoyed at the new character, Jessie, but then I realised that this is exactly what clever Mr Muir was after.
The book was a bit slower to get off the ground than the first three in the series and Gilchrist was a bit more in the background. Looking forward to number 5 and Mr Muir is already setting the scene for it in this novel.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Carolyn
  • 12-13-13

IF YOU NEED TO SLEEP DONT DOWNLOAD THIS

Would you consider the audio edition of Life for a Life to be better than the print version?

I love books but the David Monteath's narrations gives a depth to the story, he flips between characters with ease, and his skill ensures you know who is saying what without being told

What was one of the most memorable moments of Life for a Life?

The relationship that builds between the main characters through difficult circumstances adds another dimension to the main story.

Have you listened to any of David Monteath’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to several books narrated by David Monteath, his performance does not vary and you can be sure of the quality and his ability to engage the listener.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This story does not lend itself to either laughter or tears, it is a thriller in its truest form.

Any additional comments?

The expression "page turner" really does mean something here, the depth of the story and the excellent narration eats hours (and miles)
I highly recommend to those that enjoy detective thrillers.

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  • Rob Sanderson
  • 12-03-13

Muir does it again!

Where does Life for a Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up there with the best crime/detective novels

What other book might you compare Life for a Life to, and why?

Any of the previous 3 in this series

Have you listened to any of David Monteath’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. It compares very well

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't think detective novels are generally 'moving'

Any additional comments?

This is the 4th book in the DCI Andy Gilchrist seres and my favourite so far - these books just keep getting better and better. I've introduced a few people to TF Muir books and everyone has enjoyed them.

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  • Simon
  • 10-14-15

Gilchrist gets a new Sidekick!

Another excellent novel in the series. T F Muir treats us to his usual blend of gruesome plot lines, genuinely scary characters and no little action as the DI Gilchrist story marches forward. Into the pot though he has stirred a new ingredient in the form of a new sidekick. This character may well annoy you . . . but they are meant to . . . worth sticking with it to see how the chemistry between the characters develops.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-19-13

Lovin this series!

I have read all four of these books and they just keep getting better.
My favourite St Andrews detective is back with a new side kick female DS Jessie Janes.
Queue gory murders and much suspense and nail biting wondering if our hero will triumph over the baddies!
The characters are great and the banter of the new DS is by turn great and heart wrenching.
I loved it if detective/murders do it for you this series just gets better and better next one please!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lotus
  • 10-30-13

Another great offering from T F Muir

This is the 4th book in the Series and I purchased it without even reading the story line - that is how much I enjoyed the other 3. Needless to say I was not let down by the author, roll on book 5

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  • Shelagh
  • 01-23-15

A compelling crime thriller

I enjoy crime stories and this one was certainly no exception. The characters were engaging and the narration was superb. I am Scottish and find phoney accents irritating, but in this case the authentic voice worked for all the characters and I was there in the heart of the story throughout. I look forward to listening to another T.F. Muir book, narrated by David Monteath

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  • Flint
  • 12-29-17

Very Well Read

I enjoyed this book, it was a bit grim but interesting and well paced. It was very well read and the narration enhanced the book considerably.