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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....

Title : Never Somewhere Else
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ISBN : 9781841953939
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Never Somewhere Else Reviews

  • Trev Twinem
    2019-03-24 13:34

    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 story is a well respected and revered past winner of Scottish Association of Writers' Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing....whatever that is.... DCI Lorimer has been tasked with the unenviable job of unmasking a vicious killer who has mutilated and scalped three women leaving their bodies to be discovered in St Mungo's park. To help him understand the mind of the perpetrator he requests the services of psychologist Sol Brightman. Lorimer is probably the most characterless detective I have ever encountered there is nothing enthusiastic or appealing about him...and surely a DCI should be bold and charismatic in order to instil enthusiasm in the officers under his command. Even his English teacher wife Maggie finds him unpredictable and boring, they rarely communicate and she never knows what time to expect his presence at home...if at all. We learn little about the inner Lorimer, his interests: does he like music? does he have a weakness for alcohol? does he prefer the company of other women? He is uninteresting and dull and it is surely only a short time before his long suffering Maggie departs in tears closely accompanied by a disillusioned reader! For crying out loud, dear author, this is the first in a supposedly exciting crime series and yet nothing is done to expose the mind of the lead player...leaving him as a dull soulless pathetic get the picture I didn't like him!  Any reader of crime will know that the villain will always make an appearance in the story before he is unmasked and it is always fun to try to second-guess this individual. It was a relatively simple process to successfully select the killer in such a poorly written novel. Undoubtedly the later books in the series will gradually expose the inner thoughts of" Mr very very dull and boring DCI" but I will certainly not be reading and will be planning my escape with the lovely perplexed Maggie........... 

  • Linda Strong
    2019-04-17 12:11

    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 Americans.It takes a homeless man to find the connections among the victims, and Dr. Brightman finds himself lucky to have survived an assault with his hair intact. When a news reporter and his photographer start turning up and releasing confidential information, DCI Lorimer goes ballistic and more people die. The action was a bit slow, but steady, in the very beginning, but picked up rapidly the more I read. I particularly enjoy new series and learning about all the major characters. I think the back stories make for great reading .. and this one met all my expectations.I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

  • Mark Harrison
    2019-03-24 18:29

    Pretty run of the mill crime novel with an obvious killer but liked DCI Lorimer and Doctor Soloman Brightman. Nice pacing and lots of action. All in all a decent read and have a feeling this series will get better and better.

  • Alfred Nobile
    2019-04-22 14:38

    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 are two different detectives. This book was written in 2002 and though it has taken me awhile to get round to it, I will be reading the rest of the series ASAP. Well done Alex. You have whetted my appetite and I look forward to more.

  • Joanne Rawson
    2019-03-27 19:21

    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
    2019-04-18 17:31

    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
    2019-03-31 13:20

    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 is signalled fairly obviously despite some cack-handed attempts at throwing in red herrings; there's a weird, paedophile story ineptly tacked on and the denouement seems to come about because they had written the requisite number of pages so they stopped. Perhaps I was so bored I only read half the pages but there seemed to be some large plot holes - I certainly wasn't going to bother tracking back to see what I'd missed.The author apparently read an Introduction to Psychology textbook, understood maybe 30% and then decided to create a forensic profiler as a character based on all that expert knowledge.Someone else (also a 1-star rating) mentions how unremittingly dull the detective is - which certainly reflects my response to him - but he's also extraordinarily dense. All of the police officers in this book are slow on the uptake and the author basically says (repeatedly) that DCI Lorimer's success as a police officer is down to his steely blue eyes causing crims to fess up. But it's OK, don't worry about him never doing any actual police work - we know he's a deep-thinker because he keeps mithering on about art so we know it will all work out in the end.Godawful.

  • Ronna
    2019-04-20 18:32

    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 soon because of shortfalls in the Glasgow, Scotland's budget. Dr. Solomon Brightman is a well liked college professor of psychology. Though younger than Lorimer, he soon becomes a trusted associate as his theories seem to play out correctly in his help with police investigations. Unmarried, Brightman and intriguing pathologist, Rosie Fergusson, seem to have an interesting affinity for each other. This team looks to be a very interesting combination for many more mysteries!In this book, women are being strangled with a bicycle chain, scalped, mangled, and then placed in St Mongo Park. Is this a serial killer, or someone wanting one girl killed without a motive being detected? The art world, journalists, photographers, and pedophiles all come into play as the police try to find this sadistic murderer before he murders again. I really enjoyed the journey with everyone involved, as the evidence and clues became evident within this book! Thrilled to have found this new series by Alex Gray!

  • Anne
    2019-03-30 15:28

    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!

  • Mick Scrimshaw
    2019-03-26 12:23

    This is the second crime novel I’ve read in a row about the brutal murders of women. I am going to have to read something much more light-hearted next. Both of these incidentally were written by women, I don’t know if there is any significance in that, and it was only halfway through the second one that I realised myself. Anyway, this particular book was a good enough crime thriller. It was nothing special, but it was an interesting police procedure whodunit nonetheless. I guessed who the murderer was before the end simply by the old tried and tested method of choosing someone that just seemed unlikely. I’m not sure that proves the plot was quite as good as something written by Agatha Christie, but I did still enjoy the book, but perhaps more for the story itself rather than the intellectual challenge of working out who the hidden killer was. Set in Glasgow it would interest anyone with an interest in the city. I’ve only visited twice, but have visited both the Glasgow School of Art (before the fire) and the House for an Art Lover which were both in the story and which made it slightly more interesting for me personally.So overall, no complaints but nothing special I’m afraid. I may read another from the series but given that there are so many similar crime novels about, I’m not sure I would go out of my way to find one.

  • A W
    2019-03-31 12:34

    First published in 2002 this is the novel that introduced Grey’s series character DCI Lorrimer. Although not perhaps the most original addition to the genre it is still a well-constructed and engaging book.Lorrimer is, in some respects, a familiar and maybe even clichéd figure, that old favourite the cop with finer sensibilities. Grey portrays him though as being free of most of the usual hang-ups and with a marriage that is presented as a real relationship, with all the complications that can entail.The plot involving serial murder and sexual exploitation is suitably grim and complex, Grey manages to wrong-foot her readers several times along the way to a thrilling conclusion. Her descriptions of the mean streets of Glasgow are filled with convincing detail about how squalor and wealth can be only one wall apart.This book may not break much in the way of new ground, but it does take its readers over familiar territory in satisfying way.

  • Μαρία Κοντού
    2019-04-09 13:19

    Waiting more, actually a very boring crime book. Usually I only write reviews for my favorite books, but I made an exception, because I wanted something more and I waited more from this author.

  • Nicky Mottram
    2019-03-31 17:40

    Good start to a series

  • Pauline
    2019-04-04 15:19

    First in a series and what a read. Kept me interested from page one right to the end. Great characters who I think will only get better. Well worth a read.

  • Colin Slider
    2019-04-06 14:30

    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
    2019-04-20 16:16

    Time taken to read - 3 days Publisher - Sphere Pages - 308Blurb from GoodreadsWhen 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 reviewA 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 is in charge and enlists the help of Solomon Brightman, a profiler and psychologist. The two work together and with the help of a witness they uncover significant information on how the killer is operating. Before long, it appears no one is safe, young women or people involved in the investigation!It has been a while since I read Alex Gray, it is always good to read a story set in or around places you know, well I think so anyway. The chapters are relatively short which I generally enjoy in books, especially when you are working and can't spare long periods to read some days. The prologue kicks off with a murder so your attention is grasped immediately, the characters however took me a bit longer to warm up to.There is plenty to keep your interest peaked, the police investigation goes along at an acceptable pace and Dr Solomon does some digging at the same time. Clues pop up, some twists and turns and overall it was a good read. I would read this author again if I came across her, I won't be rushing out to buy up the whole series though, 3/5 for me this time.

  • Ian Mapp
    2019-04-20 13:33

    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'm sure the locations mean a lot to people who know the city. Unfortunately, I dont know it as well as Edinbugh, but there is plenty of interest and back story on the city.Thinks start well enough - i thought the crimewatch scene was well put together - with views from the policmeman, wife, killer and psychologist which had an air of truthfulness to it.Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the story. An ever increasing body count and a rediculous turn of invents involving a peadophilliac tramp and a deranged photohrapher who was using the murders as a cover broke credibility completely and it was a relief when it was over.The question is should I read Number 2?

  • Bev Taylor
    2019-04-10 17:27

    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 make a TV series .... ! bev

  • Charlotte
    2019-03-28 19:34

    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 characters will develop fully and the stories perhaps longer and deeper.

  • Alexandra Brown
    2019-04-20 17:34

    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 addition to the bookshelves of all mystery/crime fans.

  • Simon
    2019-04-01 19:24

    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
    2019-04-21 15:40

    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
    2019-03-27 19:19

    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
    2019-04-20 18:16

    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
    2019-04-21 17:32

    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
    2019-04-05 15:41

    Good paced book, it still had me guessing right till the finale. I really enjoy Alex Gray's' work :) keep them coming

  • Kelly Stewart
    2019-04-08 15:37

    Disappointing. I don't think I will continue reading the series.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-27 13:40

    Loved the psychologist!

  • David Mclaughlan
    2019-04-04 12:40

    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
    2019-04-11 15:36

    I abandoned the book and just skimmed in the end because I really didn't like the writing style