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Before the Storm

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 . . .

Rosanna Forte