IN the countdown to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Detective Lorimer finds that beneath all the excitement, a severe threat to the city is also skyrocketing.
Alex Gray’s latest novel, The Bird That Did Not Sing, finds danger at the heart of Glasgow’s proudest moment, as fans of the author will discover when she appears at Blackwell’s Bookshop on South Bridge on Wednesday.
Set admit the excitement of the international sporting event, security is extra tight – particularly after a mysterious bomb explodes in nearby rural Stirlingshire. As the opening ceremony for the Games draws ever closer, the police desperately seek the culprits.
But Detective Superintendent Lorimer has other concerns on his mind. One is a beautiful red-haired woman from his past whose husband dies suddenly on his watch. Then there is the body of a young woman found dumped in countryside just south of the city, who is proving impossible to identify.
Elsewhere, people prepare for the events in their own way, whether for financial gain or to welcome home visitors from overseas. And, hiding behind false identities, are those who pose a terrible threat not just to the Games but to the very fabric of society.
Gray, who worked as a visiting officer for the DHSS, and as a secondary school teacher before starting to write professionally in 1992 is now a regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, her previous novels include Five Ways to Kill a Man, Pitch Black and Never Somewhere Else.
Alex Gray, Blackwell Bookshop, South Bridge, Wednesday, 6.30pm, free
The Bird That Did Not Sing now availabble in Paperback Original, £12.99