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This is Detective Inspector Lorimer’s worst nightmare and beyond anything he’s faced in his years on the force. Can he find a link between the brutal slaying of prostitutes in the back streets of the city and the methodical killing of several unconnected businessmen?
When the latest victim turns out to be a prominent Scottish politician, the media’s spotlight is shone on Lorimer’s investigation. Psychologist and criminal profiler Solly Brightman is called in to help solve the cases, but his help may be futile as they realise that someone on the inside is leaking confidential police information. Meanwhile two killers haunt the snowy streets and Lorimer must act fast, before they strike again…
This novel is available via http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pound-Of-Flesh-DSI-Lorimer/dp/0751543845 and http://www.amazon.com/Pound-Of-Flesh-DSI-Lorimer/dp/0751543845.
The story starts with a very short (as they should be) prologue St Matthews Gospel chapter 18 verses 12 to 14.
Chapter 1 then introduces us to our main character, seemingly a prostitute, but things swiftly take a sinister enterprising turn.
The novel then switches points of view, all in third person, between the killer and main law-related personnel as well as being introduced – skillfully via ‘show not tell’ – to those in this solving-crimes process, we learn the killer’s motivation for murder revenge and the killing sprees (note the plural) which continue to baffle, for a while at least, the local police force.
With two serial killers, the body stack up with no obvious connection between the murderers but as a reader were privy to more information than any of the characters and it’s interesting seeing them interact.
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