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Publisher's Summary

Discover your next obsession with Alex Gray's Sunday Times best-selling Scottish detective series.

Whether you've been through them all or whether this is your first Lorimer novel, Before the Storm is perfect if you love Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Ann Cleeves.  

Your favourite Scottish detective is back with a brand-new case, one that threatens to destroy everything.

Inspector Daniel Kohi of the Zimbabwean police force returns home one night to find his worst nightmare has been realised. His family dead, his house destroyed and in fear for his life, he is forced to flee the country he loves. 

Far away in Glasgow, DSI William Lorimer has his hands full. Christmas is approaching, the city is bustling and whilst the homicide rate has been relatively low, something much darker is brewing. Counter-Terrorism have got wind of a plot, here in Lorimer's native city, to carry out an unspeakable atrocity on Christmas Eve. They need someone with local knowledge to help them root it out, and who better than the head of the Scottish Major Incidents Team.

But the investigation is complicated by a spate of local murders and by the rumours that someone is passing information to criminal organisations from inside the police force. Soon Lorimer finds himself in desperate need of assistance. Then he meets an extraordinary man - a refugee from Zimbabwe whose investigative skills are a match for Lorimer's own....

©2021 Alex Gray (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Immensely exciting and atmospheric." (Alexander Mccall Smith)

"Move over Rebus." (Daily Mail)

"Exciting, pacy, authentic." (Angela Marsons)

"BEFORE THE STORM is classic Alex Gray - warm-hearted, atmospheric...with a very interesting twist." (Ann Cleeves)

"An exciting procedural." (Sunday Times

"Alex Gray returns with another belter." (The Herald

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This is rather ordinary. A bit dull. I did finish it but it was a push to do.

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  • 10-04-2021

Brilliant

Another brilliant book by one of my favourite authors. I like his work because there is no unnecessary violence, sex, and the small amount of swearing was entirely relevant to the characters. In this day and age these are part of the norm for so many books to have the above storylines. This authors books have everything that makes for a great story. It brought tears to my eyes a few times. I got great insight into the characters and felt I knew them faults and all. I also love the narrators soft Scottish accent and how he adapts so well to all the other accents. A great book by a great author.

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  • 09-04-2021

A Glasgow Christmas

Once again a story that grips you from the first chapter . You want to know what the ending is but you don’t want the story to finish. Very well read. I have recommended the “ William Lorimer” stories to several friends and they have enjoyed them as much as I did.

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  • Mrs
  • 28-11-2021

Great story with fabulous characters

Only recently discovered this author and characters. Joe Dunlop is a perfect narrator. Good accents, great pace and kept me interested and involved. Will definitely look for next Alex and Joe rendition

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  • 19-07-2021

another good listen

another in the series worth re
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a good story well read and with a bit of a surprise at the end

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