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Never Somewhere Else (DCI Lorimer #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  471 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
When three young women are discovered strangled and mutilated in a Glasgow park, it is up to DCI Lorimer to find their killer. Frustrated by a lack of progress in the investigation, Lorimer is forced to enlist the services of Dr Solomon and Brightman, psychologist and criminal profiler. Together they form an uneasy alliance. But when a homeless man is brought in for questi ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Sphere (first published 2002)
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Trev Twinem
Apr 12, 2017 Trev Twinem rated it did not like it
On the front of the paperback edition to this book it boldly states that "Brings Glasgow to life in the same way Ian Rankin evokes Edinburgh"  This is a disgraceful statement to be pointed at the good name of Rankin and the god amongst crime detectives John Rebus. Reading "Never Someone Else" can only be compared to viewing a rather poor episode of Murder She Wrote starring the ever youthful Angela Lansbury. The crime market is awash with wannabe Rankinists and yet seemingly the author of this ...more
Linda Strong
Mar 10, 2015 Linda Strong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Exciting beginning to a new series and a new author to me!

DCI Lorimer has taken on a case involving three young women who are discovered strangled and scalped and left in a Glasgow Park. He turns to Dr. Solomon Brightman, a psychologist and criminal profiler, much against his wishes. He thinks that Dr. Solomon is almost too eager to become involved in these murders.

These are gruesome murders, with the antagonist keeping the scalps as trophies, reminiscent of the 1800 battles of the Native Americ
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Alfred Nobile
Jan 04, 2017 Alfred Nobile rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the DCI Lorimer series by Alex Gray. It is a police procedural set in Glasgow.
Lorimer is on the trail of a killer who disfigures his victims in a unique way. The pace of the book is frantic and keeps you turning the pages and second guessing yourself. You think you have solved the crime only to realise you have swallowed another Red Herring. Lorimer will obviously be compared to Ian Rankin's Rebus. But Glasgow and Edinburgh are two completely different cities and they a
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Joanne Rawson
Jul 13, 2014 Joanne Rawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy reading, much like reading a Peter Robinson book. First time I have read this author and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Margaret
I enjoyed this thriller although it was pretty gruesome. Lots of red herrings and twists. My son-in-law once said the killer had to be a character already in the mix so I did figure it out. What a nasty person the killer turned out to be - no spoilers in that statement!!
Margaret
May 08, 2017 Margaret rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The copyright says this was written early this century but it felt to me that it came straight from the 1950s - complete with that era's enlightened view of ethnic, religious or cultural minorities. The 'foreign-looking' Jewish psychological expert starts discussing redskin warrior braves almost immediately he's introduced, so you know you're in for some profound insights into the human condition.
It's overwritten, tedious and devoid of believable or remotely interesting characters. The baddie i
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Ronna
Sep 22, 2013 Ronna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited as I read further and further into this first book by Alex Gray. I've always enjoyed the Ian Rankin series with Rebus, including the BBC show about this character. In NEVER SOMEWHERE ELSE, that same intertwining relationship between detective and psychologist/profiler comes into play wonderfully.

Detective Inspector Lorimer is an attractive, happily married man who spends way too much time investigating his cases, according to his wife. But that probably won't change anytime
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Anne
Apr 19, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it
Fans of Rebus will enjoy Lorimer. Gray read a bit faster than Rankin, AND I got to explore the streets of Glasgow! I will definitely be returning for more crime solving with Glasgow's finest!
Colin Slider
wasn't bad - but didn't find anything to make the main protaganist (DCI Lorimer) stand out from dozens of other fictional police officers.
Lainy
Mar 13, 2016 Lainy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 3 days

Publisher - Sphere

Pages - 308

Blurb from Goodreads

When a series of young women are discovered strangled and mutilated in a Glasgow park, it is up to DCI Lorimer to find their killer. He enlists the services of Dr Solomon Brightman, a psychologist and criminal profiler.

My review

A young woman's body is found mutilated and strangled in a Glasgow park, she isn't the first and the police know they need to find and stop the killer before another woman is killed. DCI Lorimer
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Ian Mapp
Aug 09, 2010 Ian Mapp rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Start of a new crime series. The cover says that it will rival rebus - this may have referred to a later book in the series, as this doesnt quite.

This is such standard fayre for a crime series. We establish the lead dectective - DCI Lorimer. He doesnt have a drink problem, or major relationship issues! He has the help of a psychologist - soloman brigtman to help with a serial killer strangling young ladies and dumping the bodies in a glasgow park.

Glasgow is a major character of the book - and i'
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Bev Taylor
Nov 11, 2013 Bev Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read these out of synch - introduces dci lorimer, but no problem. less of his character than the later ones but author probably feeling her way with the new man and then develops once she finds out how popular he is

however, two questions did arise. why did no one question the month delay between the 3 murders and the next attempted one? also the police computer geeks would have been able to track down the lost data in brightman's computers thru cookies

no way does it put u off though. PLEASE ma
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Charlotte
May 25, 2013 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This introduction to DCI Lorimer and his newly-acquired sidekick, Dr Solomon (Solly) Brightman, was well done. The identity of the killer came quite out of left field, making for an enjoyable suspense during the reading. While the book seemed very much like the introduction it was, with snippets of major and minor characters' lives expanded on to give you a feel for who's who, it still maintained a good grasp on its existence as a mystery thriller. Looking forward to more installments, when the ...more
Alexandra Brown
Crime and murder are not my favourite genres but this book was recommended to me because the author is Scottish and her stories are based in/around Glasgow. True enough, it was interesting to hear places I know mentioned throughout the story. I liked the characters (very important for me to enjoy a book) especially Solly, the psychologist and you weren't lead into liking the victim. I don't want to write about the story in case I spoil it for other readers. Alex Gray books will be a relevant add ...more
Simon
Jul 12, 2014 Simon rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own
Had high hopes for Alex, but sadly a run of the mill crime novel, nothing gripping or novel (sorry pun, standard middle of the shelf. WOuld have cost £7.99 new but small sized and limited length so very little opp for the writer to build up the charcahters who were shallow. As previous reviwers have said the psychologist is quite quirky. Might read one of his later in the series to see if it develops any better.
comfort
My first Alex Gray book.
The series start to Lorimer and Brightman (Detective and Psychologist)
It was OK and I can see getting to know the main characters better will be an advantage going further into the series.

This is a tale of a madman who stalks and scalps seemingly random girls.
Brightman is right on the ball early on and Lorimer is loath to listen to him but eventually comes around.
Will continue this series as it will get stronger I feel
Ann
Nov 02, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
Great Scottish detective novel. Glasgow comes to life as does DCI Lorimer as he looks for a madman who is scalping young women in the streets and dumping them in a popular park. His uneasy relationship with a psychologist adds to the atmosphere as they try to catch the killer before he acts again. The finale is a surprise and a little low-key, but the ending is good.
Gary Van Cott
I was a bit disappointed in this book. I prefer books that include significant female characters, but there were none here. I also didn't think the book was Scottish enough, certainly nothing like those of Stuart MacBride. Make a few changes and set it in Manchester and it wouldn't have been any different.
Jenni
Aug 05, 2012 Jenni rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I rather enjoyed this, but it felt a little ambling to me, and I guessed the killer halfway through without even trying. I definitely will be reading more by Alex Gray but I'm not in a huge rush to the next book in the series.
Laura
Jan 26, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Good paced book, it still had me guessing right till the finale. I really enjoy Alex Gray's' work :) keep them coming
Kelly Stewart
Disappointing. I don't think I will continue reading the series.
Wendy
May 31, 2009 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the psychologist!
David Mclaughlan
Mar 30, 2013 David Mclaughlan rated it liked it
Was thinking about a 4 but let's see what the next book brings. A good start and visited many of Glasgow's great sites that I remember from the 70's & 80's. look forward to the next book.
Ruth Lawton
Jun 11, 2016 Ruth Lawton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I abandoned the book and just skimmed in the end because I really didn't like the writing style
David Gilchrist
Feb 12, 2013 David Gilchrist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great crime book, holds the story from start to finish.
Helen Almond
May 31, 2016 Helen Almond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First in the series. We're up to 13 now so a bit of catching up to do.
David
Sep 22, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new author to me but one I will read more of. Another good Scottish writer. Really enjoyed this book.
Catherine
May 18, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
first of alex gray s book i ve tried (thanks dave). will be looking for more!
David Stimpson
Aug 05, 2014 David Stimpson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just what i needed ..no super cops in sight ..good story ..good characters ..i will look for book 2
Chris Edwards
Apr 16, 2012 Chris Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Not Rebus or McBride, much closer to Mankell in style. An interesting introduction to another Scottish detective series.
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