Absolution (Anderson & Costello #1)
Alan McAlpine is a young rookie when he's given the 'babysitting' job of a young, once-beautiful, very pregnant woman who had the misfortune of being the target of someone with a vat of acid. The baby is delivered, but the woman who has not been identified cannot speak and thanks to the acid she has no face. Alan spends a lot of time with her, knows she is dying, and falls forever in love.
Skip forward 22 years later, DCI McAlpine is called in to head the investigation ...more
I think most readers are on a universal quest to find books that are exceptional and in which they can completely immerse themselves. On average, I read ten books per month and although I may enjoy many of them, very few knock my socks off. So imagine my surprise when I found that a debut novel by an unknown Scottish writer did exactly that.
Alan McAlpine is a police detective who has been unable to put away the ghosts of his past. Almost twenty years earlier, he was involved in a cas ...more
Another Scottish crime novel, this time based in my home town of Glasgow. I'm really pleased I tried it out. Looking at it now, it's advertised as book 1 of Anderson and Costello, although while reading it, it looks like book 1 of McAlpine.
All 3 are detectives searching for a serial killer stalking the west end, seemingly randomly slaughtering women, in a manner reminiscent of Jack the Ripper.
At the sam ...more
Police Cadet Alan McAlpine has just returned to duty at Partickhill Station after the death of his brother who, while serving with the Customs Service, drowns when he tries to save a man who fell from a boat that has been rammed. To ease the twenty year-old back into the service, he is assigned to protect a young woman who is dying, her body so damaged after an attack with acid, there is no hope for her recovery. The police know where she lived, but there is nothing there that give ...more
I did manage to ruin the climax, twist and reveal in this due to my own fault. The 'Home' button seems to have broken on my Kindle, and I tried a soft reset, and somehow managed to skip the crucial bit. I thought it was really odd that the denouement of the story had been dealt with only in retrospect. It took me several hours until I wondered if I had skipped a chunk.
It should have been obvious earlier, because this book is a very care ...more
The main component of the book is the hunt for the serial killer - the 'Cruc ...more
When no less an authority on the crime genre than Val McDermid grants the royal seal of approval to a novel, attention must be paid. Caro Ramsay's Absolution is the latest recipient of the McDermid largesse, and this is undoubtedly one of the most impressive debut novels in the field in some time. Of course, the Glasgow setting is familiar territory for aficionados of the tough modern crime novel (and hard-edged Scottish crime writing has been pretty thoroughly colonised by such writers as Ian R...more
Ramsey, Caro – 1st book
Michael Joseph, 2007, UK Hardcover - ISBN: 9780718150020
First Sentence: White.
In 1984, PC Alan McAlpine, working out of Partickhill station, was assigned to stand guard over a young woman who had been attacked with acid. McAlpine becomes obsessed with the young woman and devastated when she commits suicide.
Now in 2006, is a Detective Chief Inspector and back at Partickill. He and his team are faced with a k ...more
An extremely good book for those who like their tales to be rooted in reality, th ...more
1984 - It looked like a simple job. That was why they gave it to him. Guarding a woman - nameless and almost faceless after a savage acid attack - at a Glasgow hospital, PC Alan McAlpine has no idea that this simple job will haunt his career and change his life forever.
2006 - Two decades later, Alan steps into Partickhill police station and back in time. Now a celebrated Detective Chief Inspector, McAlpine has been drafted in to lead the hunt for a man the press are calling t ...more
I found the habit of alternating between the Christian name and the surname of characters somewhat confusing.
The story deals with a series of violent murders and the suspects are few. I was surprised when I found out who the murderer was!
The story itself was a good one but I did not find myself really caught up in the telling of it.
Re-read and enjoyed even more the second time around. Having forgotten the story, just as tension-filled and the characters even stronger.
Finished it. Didn't mind how it ended, just didn't like how the ending was written. I had the murderer figured out, and I had the "other part" figured out, although some red herrings throughout to make me wonder a bit. Four stars because it is a first novel.
If you are squeamish about violence, stay away.
A rather dark story.
Alan McAlpine's obsession with Anna was heavy handed. I wanted to tell him to get off the booze and just get over it already.
End was a bit untidy, but they often are in crime novels.