Tuesday, 29 December 2015

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: In Place of Death - Craig Robertson

Release Date: 10/09/15
Publisher:  Simon and Schuster


A young man enters the culverted remains of an ancient Glasgow stream, looking for thrills. Deep below the city, it is decaying and claustrophobic and gets more so with every step. As the ceiling lowers to no more than a couple of feet above the ground, the man finds his path blocked by another person. Someone with his throat cut.

As DS Rachel Narey leads the official investigation, photographer Tony Winter follows a lead of his own, through the shadowy world of urbexers, people who pursue a dangerous and illegal hobby, a world that Winter knows more about than he lets on. And it soon becomes clear that the murderer has killed before, and has no qualms about doing so again.


Crime Thrillers always strike more of a chord with the reader when they’re familiar with the area and to be honest this one chilled me down to the bone as streets I’d walked along came back to me in a darker flavour in this new release from Craig Robertson. Its well written, has top notch prose but the key selling point in this title (alongside his other works) are the way he brings his characters over, they’re believable, they have a realism that makes them stand out and for me the real challenge is going to see how they grow over future novels but what’s most important is that I care about their fates.

All round this book was a pure indulgence to read. I loved all the aspects within and when a book grabs you so much that one more chapter becomes a blatant disregard for the following day (so you can stay up and finish your book) makes this a must read for any fan of Crime stories.

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