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The Riverman

(DCI Lorimer #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  705 ratings  ·  62 reviews
When the dead body of a man is fished out of Glasgow's River Clyde the morning after an office celebration, it looks like a case of accidental death. An anonymous telephone call and a forensic toxicology test, however, give DCI Lorimer reason to think otherwise. Probing deeper into the life and business of the deceased accountant, Duncan Forbes, a seemingly upright member ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 6th 2007 by Little, Brown (first published May 3rd 2007)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I love it when I start a book in the middle of a series and it's not a problem at all getting into the story and the characters are easy to like. The Riverman starts off interesting with the dead body that's fished out of the water, and after that, we get a prequel to what happened before the man was fished out of the water. The book moves between a lot of different POV's, both the police and people around the dead man. At first, it seems that it's either a suicide or a drunken mistake that made ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Glasgow’s River Clyde gives up a dead body, a probable accidental death, but for DCI William Lorimer, that probability is tossed out the window when forensics and an anonymous call point to something far more sinister.

The victim was an accountant, his company a powerful international firm. Was the company in financial trouble? Is that why this man was found floating in the cold river? What secrets will Lorimer uncover? How many deaths, lies and secrets will be uncovered that are related to this
Jenifer Mohammed
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-boiled
Wow! This story had so many twists and turns that I was struggling to keep up with all the possible suspects, their motives, and the reasons for killing each victim. A really good hard boiled mystery!
Kara Lauren
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was first posted here:

The Riverman was amazing. Alex Gray is one of the most descriptive authors I have come across. I felt like I was walking the streets of Glasgow, Scotland. At first, I didn't know how I was going to keep up with so many characters, but all of the characters weaved together perfectly. No one was left out, and every turn the story took, was explained. It wasn't like at the end of some movies where you are left questioning what happ
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Riverman was a very detailed mystery/thriller. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher (Frontlist/Harper Collins) via Edelweiss. As soon as I read the description I knew it would be a book that I enjoy spending time reading. I was worried that I did not know it was the fourth book in a series but, I jumped right in and still found the characters engaging. A reader cannot help but love a good mystery that starts with a body in the first pages. You are hooked beca ...more
Tom Ferguson
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this book pretty laboured. Sheer stubbornness for not wanting to leave a book unfinished is the only reason I got to the end of it. Disappointing.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective-series
When Duncan Forbe's body is pulled from the River Clyde in Glasgow, DCI William Latimer is called in to investigate. Forbes had been at a going away party for another member of his accounting firm and everyone's first thought was that he had overindulged and fallen in. But when drugs are found in his system, it becomes clear that this was no accident.

As Lorimer and his team interrogate the other members of the firm, they pick up an uneasiness and reluctance to talk. When the man the party was gi
Nicky Mottram
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Was an ok read but not the best book in the series
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great novel to read during these dark winter evenings. The plot is complex yet engaging. I enjoyed how the facts of the case were uncovered bit by bit. It took dogged determination on Lorimer's part to get to the root of the mayhem. The police work is methodical but kept my interest throughout the novel. I felt the ruminations of the characters were well balanced with periodic action. The point of view jumped around a bit at the beginning but the threads were brought together as the no ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
I thought the writing of this a bit wooden and that the characters lacked teeth in the way other Glaswegian writers (Lin Anderson, Denise Mina for two) manage to create, but have to admit I'd assumed 'Alex' to be a bloke until I reached the end and discovered he was a she ...

That said, the plot was sufficiently convoluted for me not to guess what was going on but it was difficut to care too much about such two-dimensional characters.
Anne, Unfinished Woman

DCI Lorimer is pulled into a dark conspiracy of successful and wealthy accountants of the Forbes Macgregor firm. One of the members of the firm, Michael Turner discovers that there is a red flag in a client's account, hinting at money laundering. The client is Jacobs Betting Shops. Unfortunately when he takes the evidence to one of the partners, Duncan Forbes, and Forbes subsequently goes to Alex Barr, the process of elimination begins. First Duncan is murdered, and Michael is promo
Wendy Jakob
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction, 2017
Another in the DCI Lorimer Detective series by Alex Gray. This case starts with the death of a bookmaker and continues with a death and a disappearance from his firm of accountants.

Another death follows and DCI Lorimer must work out the connections between the events and who is behind them. Centred around the river Clyde, two of the bodies are pulled out of the Clyde by the Riverman, the man called when anyone needs rescuing or retrieving from the river. One death is initially believed to be acc
Lauren Thompson
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
To compare this author to Rebus is really pushing it. I didn’t like the style this book was written in, it made it confusing to keep up with who all the characters were and I’m still trying to figure out who the protagonist was supposed to be; Maclcolm, Michael, Lorimer - who knows?! The last ten pages are where the big reveal happens, but it was just so boring that I’d lost the will to keep my eyes open. I’ve had more thrilling nightmares. Sadly I won’t read anything else by Alex Gray.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
DCI William Lorimer works the streets of Glasgow in a hard hitting Series. With his now friend, and profiler, Solomon Brightman, they try to solve the grizzly murders found in the Scottish city .. Really strong characterisation and the storylines are all different and well paced. The personal lives of these two men are also really well developed, and their continuum comes across as 'thought out' and not just as an afterthought. Only a few more and I'll be up to date on the whole Series. ...more
Jo Woolnough
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the plot for this book and like that it’s based in Scotland - the main detective comes across as firm but fair and keeps the readers firmly on his side.

The plot for this one really shows how human greed really can cause people to go to extremes - as for the murders you will be guessing for most of the book - very good.
Gary Van Cott
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was not to my taste at all. The beginning section takes place in a firm of accountants. I found this portion of the book very confusing. It wasn't until I was about 90 percent through the book that the mystery begins (finally!) to unravel. My preference is to have mysteries told from the perspective of the detectives which is far from the case here. ...more
Arthur Okun
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A conventional company----an accounting corporation-----very staid partners-
and some are murderers and some are killed and some try to escape.
But,DCI William Lorimer interviewed the suspects,searched for clues, and those who stolen,and killed
met justice.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book by Alex Gray just didn't do it for me. Set in the world of accountants is probably what made it an unengaging prospect. I usually enjoy the books in this series and I'm a fan of DCI Lorimer. ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the reading the river man. It was easy enough to follow without being over complicated. The characters were believable and easy to see in your mind. The story was well written and I looked forward to picking up my book whenever I got the chance.
Jennifer  Fehling
Near the end of the book before you know who did it!

I liked lorimer and his wife. I enjoyed reading about Glasgow and Strathclyde CID. The characters were interesting. Good story! Lots of possible culprits!
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book. At times there were lots of characters to keep up with & had to keep checking who was who but a good read nonetheless!
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Good Yarn
Aug 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I didn't like the way the book was written - not Alex Gray's usual style of writing. Will try the next one as this is my fisrts disappointment with the Lorimer series. ...more
Fionna Cairney
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant Lorimer mystery filled with intrigue
Glenis Inglesby Du Toit
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read, clean cut and exciting
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book!

This is the third Alex Gray I have read and they are absolutely the Best! Can’t wait to read all of them.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new series for me! I think I will really enjoy it!
Sherry Partington
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable!! Definitely will read more.
Ivana Richards
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
An enjoyable and complex mystery.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another well-plotted and briskly paced police procedural framed by the Thames.
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Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. She worked as a folk singer, a visiting officer in the DSS and an English teacher. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing.

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