When I read Alex Gray’s last book, When Shadows Fall, I was reasonably sure that it would be almost impossible to better in terms of plot, pace and atmosphere. Then when her new novel landed on my desk, I realised I was wrong.
Before the Storm opens not in Glasgow, but in Zimbabwe, where Chief Inspector Daniel Kohi is about to make the most terrifying, tragic discovery of his life. Soon after we are in Glasgow and in the familiar realm of William Lorimer. However here too, things aren’t quite as we’re expecting. In the run-up to Christmas, Glasgow is quiet. Too quiet. And Lorimer is nervous, because he knows better than anyone that the calm comes before the storm . . .
by Alex Gray
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Whether you've read them all or whether this is your first Lorimer novel, Before the Storm is perfect if you love Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Ann Cleeves
'Before the Storm is classic Alex Gray - warm-hearted, atmospheric . . . with a very interesting twist' ANN CLEEVES
'An exciting procedural' SUNDAY TIMES
'Another brilliant Lorimer adventure' ***** Reader Review
'Exciting and unexpected, I hope it's not too long till the next one' ***** Reader Review
'Lorimer is up there with the best' ***** Reader Review
'Alex Gray returns with another belter' THE HERALD
Your favourite Scottish detective is back with a brand new case, one that threatens to destroy everything.
Inspector Daniel Kohi of the Zimbabwean police force returns home one night to find his worst nightmare has been realised. His family dead, his house destroyed, and in fear for his life, he is forced to flee the country he loves.
Far away in Glasgow, DSI William Lorimer has his hands full. Christmas is approaching, the city is bustling, and whilst the homicide rate has been relatively low, something much darker is brewing. Counter-Terrorism have got wind of a plot, here in Lorimer's native city, to carry out an unspeakable atrocity on Christmas Eve. They need someone with local knowledge to help them root it out and who better than the head of the Scottish Major Incidents Team.
But the investigation is complicated by a spate of local murders, and by the rumours that someone is passing information to criminal organisations from inside the police force. Soon Lorimer finds himself in desperate need of assistance. Then he meets an extraordinary man - a refugee from Zimbabwe whose investigative skills are a match for Lorimer's own . . .
PRAISE FOR THE WILLIAM LORIMER SERIES
'Immensely exciting and atmospheric' ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH
'Move over Rebus' DAILY MAIL
'Relentless and intriguing' PETER MAY
'Convincing Glaswegian atmosphere and superior writing' THE TIMES