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Pitch Black: Alex Gray

 

Summary of Pitch Black

DCI Lorimer is back in the next gripping atmospheric police procedural by international bestselling author Alex Gray.

When Chief Inspector Lorimer returns from holiday on the island of Mull, he feels a welcome sense of calm. But that doesn’t last long. Kelvin Football Club’s new star midfielder is found brutally stabbed to death in his own home, and with his wife apprehended trying to leave the country, a seemingly straightforward new case begins. But the grisly murder of a referee after a Kelvin match throws light on some dark secrets. And when the newest player who signed to the club becomes the latest victim in a string of killings, Lorimer knows there’s a serial killer on the loose—one that’s only beginning to show his true colors. As lies emerge and tensions build, Lorimer must discover the truth before one of the players or managers become the next Kelvin fatality.

My Review:
What happens when the target of a killer is a football player and the first murder is thought to have been committed by the wife of the first victim? Hearing Janis Faulkner’s voice in the prologue you wonder why she is trying to escape detection, what really happened to Nicko and if she really left him stabbed by a kitchen knife on the floor or her kitchen. DCI Lorimer of the Stathclydle Police is at the heart of this investigation as he and his wife Maggie return from a three- week holiday or respite hoping to slowly get back into the stream of things. But, that’s not meant to be as he is called to attend to Janis the WAG in question who is arrested as their prime suspect. Hearing the voices of many of the players you begin to wonder whether they are really shaken by the murders. Even the chairman of the team, Patrick Kennedy seems to have something to hide and when he receives a message that he might be next why doesn’t he take it seriously? Nicko and White were two new signings for the First Division of Glasgow club Kelvin FC. Nicko stabbed with a bread knife in his own home and Jason shot. Plus the death of the referee, Norman Cartwright who provided some controversial calls during the game leading Kelvin’s losing the match. The list of who might have done its is long as it could be anyone from the players themselves, the fans or someone close to the action. Someone even created a controversial website and has generated a lot of hype. Jason White was the second murder, Kelvin Chairman, Patrick Kennedy might be next. Speaking with Janis does not yield much information and stating that she was in the room with her husband’s body could incriminate her even more. Before or after the murder was committed? Which one?

Author Alex Gray interjects a real time account of what happens during the game so that readers that are not fluent in football will be able to follow the flow of the matches. Added in she includes talks with the players, emails and many DCI’s, Detective Constables, Detective Sergeants and others on the force whose voices and inner- most thoughts are revealed as they try and track down a killer hiding in plain sight. Jimmy Greer is a rogue reporter who manages to convince Albert Little to let him inside the boot room of the team to do research on the ghost that lives within the basement of the stadium. Albert claims he has as much seen this ghost many times but what happens next is astonishing. Rosie Fergusson is the ME so who would want her out of the way and why run her down in her own car. Her injuries are grave and outcome gloomy as her fiancé Solly Brightman, their profiler, creates his on vigil at the hospital hoping for her recovery. But, Lorimer needs him on the case and it takes a lot of arm-twisting for him to return but when he does his input is invaluable. Questioning skills vary among the officers involved some more direct than others. Some ask is Janis could have killed her husband while others might phrase the question in their own mind in a different way. Other questions asked revolve around what the reader might speculate might happen to the team when the season concludes or even will they ever have a victory? Ian Rankin is our club boot room ghost who plays a major part in this novel but just how you won’t believe. Gray asks questions and defines the characters asking them to that readers are not left behind floundering as to what the main characters are thinking.
Pat Kennedy receives two death threats in the form of emails and is finally realizing he’s in danger. Jimmy Greer is quite brash and has his own agenda in mind but who shot him in broad daylight in a bar. Someone is out to destroy this team is it for money, defame them or did someone throw the games so that the team would not make the Premier League? What is the primary motive behind the murders? Who would benefit and why?

A powerful ending that will place Lorimer in serious danger as someone dressed in all black from head to toe just might be the killer hiding within his reach. As DC Niall Cameron wanted to go to the stadium to relate what he found but was told to remain at HQ! He’s smart and astute but he also knew something was about to happen. While Lorimer tried to use his radio to contact his team the killer was making his way to where all the action would happen. Invisible and no one expecting him to be of any consequence, the killer was seen by Alistair Wilson the Detective Sergeant but not clearly enough to stop him. With the team in place the evidence piling up graft, collusion, money placed in the accounts of several, the selling off of the stadium for other purposes and a killer who was so deranged when you hear his voice you would think he rationalized his actions and could not understand why anyone thought to stop him. Jimmy got to close to the action and when a fake dummy was placed in the boot room with a knife in its back as a joke or to sell papers, his end was near. Added in Donnie Douglas disappeared but not for the reasons you might suspect. Since it’s private I won’t divulge what is very personal to him and someone else. Ron Clark is the manager but will the team recover and will they still exist after the three murders? Greer, Faulkner, White what was the killer’s motive and Cartwright the referee too. But, when the killer is questioned he claims that one of these murders belongs to someone else but whom? A surprise twist to the fate of someone as we hear the final voice, understand the rationale behind this person’s plight and almost think the person might get away scot free or not. An ending that will take your breath away, holding it until you learn the fate of Lorimer as the killer attempts to make him his next victim while at the same time Chaucer might not be there when he returns as Maggie gets a call from the owner. A ginger cat that has taken the place of a child she would not have. Will Chaucer be another loss?

When there is absolutely not light with nothing but blackness surrounding you, when the world is intensely dark, the pitch is sticky and resinous, black or brown substance that is obtained as a residue from the distillation of tar. Pitch is the sticky, resinous, black or dark brown substance that is obtained as a residue from the distillation of wood tar or wood tar the world as the author relates in the final scenes just might take a killer down even when all he is surrounded by is PITCH BLACK! What’s next for Lorimer?
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine

 

 

 

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One thought on “Pitch Black: Alex Gray

  1. Thanks for this fullsome review. It is so nice when somebody takes the time to give details of my books like this and I really appreciate it.
    Hoping that my new US readers will continue to enjoy the Lorimer seriez.
    Happy reading and best wishes,
    Alex

    Posted by Alex Gray | April 17, 2017, 4:04 pm

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