When a dead body is fished out of Glasgow’s River Clyde the morning after an office celebration, it looks like a case of accidental death. But an anonymous telephone call and a forensic toxicology test give Detective Chief Inspector William Lorimer reason to think otherwise. Probing deeper into the life and business of the deceased accountant, a seemingly upright member of the community, Lorimer finds only more unanswered questions.
What is the secret his widow seems to be concealing? Was the international accounting firm facing financial difficulties? What has become of the dead man’s protégé who has disappeared in New York? And when another employee is found dead in her riverside flat these questions become much more disturbing. Lorimer must cope not only with deceptions from the firm, but also with suspicions from those far closer to home . . .
The Riverman by Alex Gray brought all the mystery that one can hope for. His character interactions are what to look out for as the story progresses.
Although the dialogue is very detailed, at times the story seemed like it dragged on forever. I have not read a police procedural before and I can say now, that it’s probably not my favorite style. I love murder mysteries, but this one brought more of a character story than anything else. It says it’s a DCI Lorimer story, but he’s not always in the forefront. The points of view jump everywhere and at times I didn’t know the character changed. I could have been fine not to know the inside workings of almost every character that was introduced.
But I can say that the identity of the murderer always kept me guessing. Even with all the POVs, nothing was given away. Maybe perhaps some suspicious guilt? But other than that, I did enjoy finding out who did it. The story was wrapped up neatly.
A little note…
-Although this is a series, it can be read as a standalone. I found that I did not need to know what happened in previous stories.