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Five Ways To Kill A Man

(DCI Lorimer #7)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  628 ratings  ·  59 reviews
DCI Lorimer must track down a malicious cutthroat inching closer to his own family in this atmospheric mystery from international bestselling author Alex Gray


An unpredictable killer is loose on the streets of Glasgow, experimenting with death. Beginning with brute force, the murderer moves on to poison and drowning, greedy for new and better ways to kill. Faced with a str
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Published 2010 by Sphere
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Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 5 days

Pages - 424

Publisher - Little, Brown Book Group

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A beautifully crafted, darkly atmospheric crime novel from one of Scotland's most talked-about crime writers An unpredictable killer is loose on the streets of Glasgow, experimenting with death. Beginning with brute force, the murderer moves on to poison and drowning, greedy for new and better ways to kill. Faced with a string of unconnected victims, DCI Lorimer turns to psychologist and friend Solomon
Paul Penney
May 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is the 7th in the DCI Lorimer series, but it was the first (and last) I decided to try. It is called "Five Ways to Kill a Man", and in the first 5 chapters the reader finds out the first, second, and third ways, with a cold killer in Glasgow taking lives in vastly different ways. I was intrigued to find out the other two ways, so I read on, only to realize at about page 100 that one of those ways is to bore a reader to death with pointless drivel like descriptions of the city of Glasgow, nu ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Boring read. The "red herring" was so overdone it was laughable. Even with the attempts to blame another character, it was obvious from the get go who the killer was - yet, we are left at the end to guess as to the motive, or should I say motives. The author painfully takes up pages and pages with minutia and details as to what a character is thinking or what a place looks like, or describing a memorial, and then when it comes to the meat and bones, the MOTIVE, we are left to assume (SPOILER ALE ...more
Val Penny
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alex Gray comes from Glasgow, Scotland. I am delighted at how her writing has developed and strengthened as her writing career has progressed. When I read one of her early books, A Small Weeping, reviewed on this site at, I did not enjoy the book as much as I had hoped to. However, when I heard her speak recently at the 67th Swanick Writers' Conference, I was struck by what an honest and unassuming woman she is, so I decided to try again. I enjoy crime fi ...more
Tony Wood
No real action till page 290! Well written though, don't think I'll be going out of my way to read any of his other books. ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really didn’t like the writing style of this novel. For some reason I can’t put my finger on, I had to read sentences a number of times to have them unjumble in my head. The scariest part is that I could read the Scottish vernacular very easily - it was the larger English buts I had a hard time with. Maybe I shouldn’t have started with the 7th in the series. And I was taken aback by the title. If it’s ways to kill a man, why are old ladies targeted??
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
The book cover says that Alex Gray does for Glasgow what Ian Rankin does for Edinburgh. I don't agree. And I wish I could give half stars. It's not a 4, but nor is it a 3. I enjoyed it - good psychological mystery, but a simplistic manner of writing that doesn't do justice to the depth of the characters or settings. All the elements are there. I just think it needed a bit more substance. It's not a Rankin, nor is it a Val McDermid, but on the other hand it was a good mystery and a nice change of ...more
Jenifer Mohammed
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-boiled
This was a fascinating mystery with fully fleshed out characters with pasts full of secrets some relevant while others were red herrings. Interestingly, Gray takes us into the mind of a beginning and evolving serial killer. I don't want to give spoilers by revealing too much. This is not a fast paced mystery but if you enjoy a slow revelation of information and a more character based thriller, you will love this book as much as I did. ...more
Rog Harrison
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
I continue to read Alex Gray's books because her hero is a Glasgow detective. Several pages in when a character was introduced I suspected they were the murderer so the ending was no surprise. Having said that some of the action was exciting and well written. ...more
Donna Irwin
Apart from being set around where I live, not much there. Very lightweight.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
very slow not alot of action or excitment
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another good read from Alex Grey. Have read all the books in the series and have enjoyed them all.
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very good story in this very good series set in Glasgow.
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Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This is the first book in the DCI Lorimar series that I have read, and I found it easy to get into the book. It has the feel of a standalone. I have not read many books that take place in Scotland so the Glasgow setting is quite appealing since I enjoy armchair travel.

FIVE WAYS TO KILL A MAN is a straight forward crime novel with plenty of atmosphere. My favorite aspect is that we are privy to the birth of a serial killer, the very early days of this person trying out different modes of murder
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this novel, the latest in the DCI Lorimer series. It is a good combination of investigative procedure, character development, and scene description. The frequent exploration of the personal lives of the characters helped remind me that policemen (and women) are real people with personal lives that also have important events. It reveals as well some of the emotions that policemen experience in their daily work.

Gray uses a sort of universal viewpoint where we are privy to the experiences
Jessica Bronder
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
DCI Lorimer has a new serial killer on his hands. There have been three bodies discovered, killed in different ways, and it is not becoming apparent this killer is finding their preferred targets and methods. Trying to find the connection between the victims, Lorimer asks his psychologist for some insight. Then he finds that his own family is being targeted.

This is the first DIC Lorimar story that I have read and think that it could easily be a standalone story. Lorimer is an inspector but he i
Margaret Tidwell
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Partners In Crime in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Five Ways To Kill A Man by Alex Gray was a good book. I like that it took place somewhere other than the United States because it made the book different from some of the other books that I have read in this genre. Unlike a book that I reviewed earlier this week, I didn’t have to keep r
Ivana Richards
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this one - certainly an improvement on the previous one of this set. The solution is fairly obvious, but it;s as well written as usual. My bug-bear about this book is the blurb on the back cover, which bears little semblance to the story. Apparently the killer "begins with brute force and moves on to poison and drowning." Yes, strangely a tramp is poisoned, but as he is never found ( and consequently never mentioned again) this seems to have nothing to do with the plot at all. Th ...more
Tony Flood
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Suspense increases, with time running out to find a serial killer before they strike again. The problem is that none of the murders seem to be connected. - Tony Flood, author of crime thrillers Stitch Up! - Killer or Victim? and Triple Tease, and celebrity book My Life with the Stars - Sizzling Secrets Spilled!
Susan Finck
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Catherine MacDonald
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
It was good throughout- loads of infor and the different perspectives and stories tied in together nicely. The ending was a bit quick though. Almost anticlimatic.
2.5 stars
Nicky Mottram
Audio version of this book 📚- really slow start, didn’t get going until half way through. Narration terrible, read at an extremely slow pace!
Fionna Cairney
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic Lorimer story by Alex Gray
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great series!
Solange Janes
So boring that I gave up after a few chapters.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book by Alex Gray!
Kevin Parker
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another excellent book by Alex Gray
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it
I do like this series partly because it is set in the West End of Glasgow my old manor
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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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