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Sleep Like The Dead

(DCI Lorimer #8)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  653 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Everyone is searching for Billy Brogan and his sister, Marianne. Marianne's ex-husband, Kenneth Scott, is gunned down in his home and Billy is on the run to Spain, with the money that was meant to pay the hit man who killed Kenneth. Now the hit man remains in Glasgow, seeking not just his fee for his job but the elusive Marianne. ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Sphere (first published January 1st 2011)
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Deb Jones
Oct 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
Plenty of suspense in this one. Chief Inspector Lorimer is not only battling the "bad guys," but also his immediate supervisor who seems determined to undermine Lorimer whenever possible. ...more
books are love
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed that there were plots within the plots. The characters are very complex.

Favorite character: DCI Lorimer and Detective Constable Frothy. Solly comes in close as well. Why? They have drive and compassion. Are smart and kind. Empathize and are fair. They want to get justice no matter where it leads and are blind to any prejudices that may be there. It is about getting justice for the victim and finding the truth.

Lorimer and his staff are on the hunt for a killer. But it seems that there ar
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sounds like Glasgow is a chilling place to live! (I've been there and love it). Alex Gray, a woman, has written a series of books which are to Glasgow as Ian Rankin is to Edinburgh. Well thought out story. As it says on the back cover: "There is a hitman on the streets of Glasgow: unpaid and angry, he's decided to settle his own debts. As the hitman plans a bloody ransom to get his fee, the race is on to find out just who hired him - and who's next on the list." This is my first book by this aut ...more
Jenifer Mohammed
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-boiled
This was an intriguing mystery that contained interesting and sympathetic characters. The storyline did seem to go off on tangents but then the threads were carefully pulled back together. A lot of people had a lot of secrets in this story and there was a definite poignancy to some of them. Great whodunit with lots of red herrings!
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This is a re-issue of a book published in 2011, now as an ebook, and one in a series of DCI Lorimer tales. It is my first with the series and with the author, Alex Gray. I was surprised at the spare writing style and short chapters. I had expected something a bit more descriptive, as I have come to expect of British police procedurals. Perhaps the Scottish nature caused the shift in style of this series. While the story itself was fine, it didn't pull me in enough. I wasn't fully engaged with an ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy Jakob
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, 2018
Not really a who dunnit? but more of a how and why and how the police put together the evidence and bring the culprits to justice. If you're after a thriller that keeps you guessing this wouldn't be it but if you enjoy a gritty read with rounded characters and are a fan of police detective stories you'll probably enjoy it. ...more
Alison Cairns
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I felt this was a better read than the last few - through them all I want to keep up with the Lorimers and their friends Rosie and Solomon, and this story brought more of the wow factor back with the story involving the characters. Working my way through Alex Gray's books, as I've missed them until now. ...more
Geoff Hopkins
Nov 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
I have enjoyed some of the books in this series but left disappointed by others. There was most likely a good story buried in this one, but it was lost under too many pages of irrelevant and peripheral matters.
Elizabeth Findlay
Excellent from begining to end
Gary Van Cott
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Glenis Inglesby Du Toit
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Could not put it down, very exciting
Fionna Cairney
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant Lorimer mystery by Alex Gray
Kevin Parker
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Best Lorimer book to date. Excellent story and really well written
Ivana Richards
Not a bad book, but certainly not her usual murder mystery offering. Nicely sets up future books though.
Sheona Mallet
Dec 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book.
Lizzie Hayes
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
‘Sleep like the Dead’ by Alex Gray
Published by Sphere, 22 December 2011. ISBN: 978-0-7515-4379-7

The shooting of thirty-seven year-old Kenneth Scott divorced, no children living in a quiet suburb of Glasgow, seems motiveless – even the victim has a surprised look on his face. And disbelief from those who knew him, ‘such an ordinary bloke’ seems to be the census of opinion - it must have been a mistake!

Investigating is Detective Chief Inspector William Lorimer’s team and his new Detective Constabl
Rog Harrison
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I realised when I started to read this that I had read it before. However I must not have noted it in goodreads. Alex Gray is a good story teller but for me her characters just do not come to life. This is an interesting story but I am afraid Chief Inspector Lorimer seems like a cardboard cutout.
Simon Gosden
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another DCI Lorimer case set in the city of Glasgow. A hitman kills his target and then finds the man who is supposed to make the payment has vanished. DCI Lorimer finds himself and a team in a race against time to halt the killer and ave the day.
Richard Thompson
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it
An enjoyable enough read-aloud. Billy Brogan hires a hit man (a former army sniper he met during his own army days) to kill his sister's abuse stalker husband, and things start to go spectacularly wrong from there. Hard to know who the hero is in this one... ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
A somewhat slow- moving but more personal instalment in the DCI Lorimer series. Moving life events in opposition to each other occur in the lives of Lorimer and Brightman and are juxtaposed to great effect.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Still quite hooked on this series.
Chris Edwards
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
Plot is sluggish and obvious, characters are flat and boring. And the city of Glasgow, does not come alive as suggested by other reviewers. Needs more spark.
Graham Drysdale
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This series is really rather good!!
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DCI Lorimer is investigating the shooting of a very ordinary man, which turns out to be more complex than expected. Lots of interesting characters in this Glaswegian crime thriller.
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've not read anything by this Author before, but I shall certainly read more now, I really enjoyed it. ...more
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scotland, mystery
I'm really enjoying this series of mysteries and if I'm not careful I'll read all of her books in one gulp! ...more
Louise Grant
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Took me ages to get into this book, but I ended up really enjoying it.
Shelly Mack
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic book from Alex Gray.

A few twists and turns and a very sad part at the end that I did not expect.

Can't wait to read to next book.
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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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