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The Bird That Did Not Sing by Alex Gray

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Set during Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games (and we should all be grateful that none of the plot from murders to terrorism actually happened!) this is a gripping crime thriller, though not quite one of Gray’s best. The 11th to feature DS Lorimer those new to the series can jump straight in or might want to start with Never Somewhere Else. In the first few pages a moment of rural idyll is shattered by a bomb exploding and the tension is ratcheted by murder, mysterious death and people traffiking with the tight timeline of the country’s and Commonwealth’s eyes turning to Glasgow for the games. Cue Lorimer who with his usual elan solves the mystery and saves the day.

If you like Alex Gray you might also like to read books by Stuart MacBride, Ian Rankin and David Mark.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. For Alex Gray, it was a trip on the London Underground during the 2012 Olympic Games that gave her the idea for this book. After all, London had been exposed to mad bombers before; so what if some group were to target the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014? Somewhere closer to home and in the very heart of her resourceful protagonist Lorimer’s territory? Gray’s compelling and explosive spin on these events involves Asa, a girl lured away from her homeland in Nigeria to begin a grim life of slavery in Britain, and Gray once again proves she is one of the most adept practitioners of the crime novel today.
~ The Good Book Guide


The Bird That Did Not Sing by Alex Gray

2014: The Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow and security is extra tight, particularly after a mysterious bomb explodes in nearby rural Stirlingshire. As the opening ceremony for the Games draws ever closer, the police desperately seek the culprits. But Detective Superintendent Lorimer has other concerns on his mind. One is a beautiful red-haired woman from his past whose husband dies suddenly on his watch. Then there is the body of a young woman found dumped in countryside just south of the city who is proving impossible to identify. Elsewhere in Glasgow people prepare for the events in their own way, whether for financial gain or to welcome home visitors from overseas. And, hiding behind false identities, are those who pose a terrible threat not just to the Games but to the very fabric of society. Alex Gray's stunning new Lorimer novel, set against the backdrop of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, brings the vibrant city to life in a race to stop the greatest threat the city has ever known.


'Compelling...explosive...once again proves she is one of the most adept practitioners of the crime novel at work today.'

Good Book Guide on The Bird That Did Not Sing

About the Author

Alex Gray

Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers' Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing, and is the Scottish Chapter convenor for the Crime Writers' Association. Married with a son and daughter, she now writes full time.

Author photo © Charlie Hopkinson

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11th September 2014


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Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


496 pages


Literary Fiction
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