DI Gilchrist series by T. Frank Muir

DI Gilchrist series by T. Frank Muir (#01-06,8)
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Overview: Born in Glasgow, Frank was plagued from a young age with the urge to see more of the world than the rain sodden slopes of the Campsie Fells. By the time he graduated from University with a degree he hated, he’d already had more jobs than the River Clyde has bends. Short stints as a lumberjack in the Scottish Highlands and a moulder’s labourer in the local foundry convinced Frank that his degree was not such a bad idea after all. Twenty-five years of working overseas helped him appreciate the raw beauty of his home country. Now a dual US/UK citizen, Frank divides his time between Richmond, Virginia, and Glasgow, Scotland, carrying out research in the local pubs and restaurants. Frank is currently doing some serious book research in St Andrews’ local pubs, and working on his next novel, another crime story suffused with dark alleyways and cobbled streets and some things gruesome.
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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#1 – Eye For An Eye: The downpour will obliterate all trace of my passing, I smile. Tonight I have started my journey to Hell. The misty streets of St Andrews provide the setting for the bloody attacks of an unhinged serial killer. Six men have been brutally murdered; all known wife beaters. It is DI Andy Gilchrists job to catch the perpetrator of these horrendous crimes; failure to do so meaning the end of his career. As he goes on the hunt for the killer, Gilchrist is forced to confront both his own personal demons as well as increasing pressure from invasive press and hostile superiors. On being suspended from duty, he is forced to go out on a limb. With only his trusty sixth sense for support he must unravel a series of uncertain and mysterious leads. Who can he trust and who is deceiving him? As Gilchrist gets closer to his target these questions become more uncertain. The chase becomes not only a race for survival but a personal quest for his own self worth and value.

#2 – Hand For A Hand: When DCI Andy Gilchrist is called to a crime scene to find an amputated hand clutching a note addressed to him, a note that contains only one word, murder, he is pulled into an investigation that will test him to the limit. Soon other single word clues are found along with amputated body parts and the murderer’s vengeful message becomes clear as the identity of the next intended victim is revealed. But when someone close to him disappears, Gilchrist knows he is too late. Together with Nance Wilson, the sexy DC with her own agenda, Gilchrist comes to see the answer to the present murders lies within the secrets of his past. Forced to confront his demons, Gilchrist must solve the cryptic clues and find the murderer before the next victim, a woman whose life means more to Gilchrist than his own, is served up to him piece by slaughtered piece.

#3 – Tooth For A Tooth: When a woman’s skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave DCI Andy Gilchrist is tasked with finding her murderer. But a psychic’s warnings and markings on a rusted cigarette lighter found among the rotted remains set Gilchrist off on a trail that will take him back 35 years back to his past and on course to find his brother’s killer. What secrets from the past was he about to uncover? When a woman’s skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave DCI Andy Gilchrist is tasked with finding her murderer. But a psychic’s warnings and markings on a rusted cigarette lighter found among the rotted remains set Gilchrist off on a trail that will take him back 35 years back to his past and on course to find his brother’s killer in a fatal hit and run accident. When dental records from an extracted tooth force Gilchrist to confront the unthinkable – that his brother was her killer – he keeps his fears to himself, only to be suspended on suspicion of destroying evidence. But Gilchrist battles on in his quest for answers. Who was the woman? Why was she murdered? And was the fatal hit and run really an accident?

#4 – Life For A Life: Will DCI Andy Gilchrist end up like the others – dead, beheaded on a beach?The middle of winter in St Andrews. When a young woman’s half-naked body is found on Fife’s Coastal Path, frozen and with remnants of a rope manacle around her wrist, DCI Andy Gilchrist is given the case. Gilchrist’s investigation uncovers a bloody trail of shootings and executions that lead him to the heart of a trafficking war. Links to Scotland’s foremost criminal family, the Home Office and a killer intent on expanding his territory, pull Gilchrist deeper into this murderous web until he comes face to face with the most dangerous man he has ever met. Praise for T. F. Muir:’Everything I look for in a crime novel.’ Louise Welsh.’A clever thriller, tinged with melancholy.’ Karen Campbell.’Rebus did it for Edinburgh. Laidlaw did it for Glasgow. Gilchrist might just be the bloke to put St Andrews on the crime fiction map.’ Daily Record.’St Andrews has long been crying out for its own crime series: top man Frank Muir, for providing it, with work that’s mysterious as the place itself.’ Quintin Jardine.

#5 – The Meating Room: When the body of Thomas Magner’s business partner is found dead in his car on the outskirts of Anstruther, all evidence points to suicide. And Magner himself, a wealthy property developer, is currently under investigation for a series of alleged rapes from thirty years ago. In total fifteen women are prepared to go to court to testify against Magner but one by one they inexplicably withdraw their complaints until only five remain. With the CPS now reconsidering its case, one of Magner’s accusers is killed in a hit-and-run – and the abandoned car is found to be registered to one T Magner. DCI Andy Gilchrist is assigned to the hit-and-run case and soon discovers that Magner’s murky past is very much seeping into the present. How did he acquire his wealth? How his first wife die? And why did his business partner commit suicide? And was Magner a serial rapist in his youth? Or was he something far worse?

#6 – Blood Torment: When a three-year old girl is reported missing, DCI Andy Gilchrist is assigned the case. But Gilchrist soon suspects that the child’s mother – Andrea Davis – may be responsible for her daughter’s disappearance, or worse, her murder.
The case becomes politically sensitive when Gilchrist learns that Andrea is the daughter of Dougal Davis, a former MSP who was forced to resign from Scottish Parliament after being accused of physically abusing his third wife. Now a powerful businessman, Davis demands Gilchrist’s removal from the case when his investigation seems to be stalling. But then the case turns on its head when Gilchrist learns that a paedophile, recently released from prison, now lives in the same area as the missing child. The paedophile is interrogated but hours later his body is found on the beach with evidence of blunt force trauma to the head, and Gilchrist launches a murder investigation. As pressure relentlessly mounts on Gilchrist, he begins to unravel a dark family secret, a secret he believes will solve the fate of the missing child.

#8 – Dead Catch: When Joe Christie’s fishing boat is swept onto Tentsmuir beach during a fierce storm, a man’s mutilated body is found in the hold. DCI Andy Gilchrist of St Andrews CID is called in to investigate. But his murder investigation deepens when he learns that Joe Christie and his boat have been missing for three years. The police pathologist, Dr Rebecca Cooper, retrieves a five pound note from the dead man’s throat. Is this the killer’s calling card? And whatever happened to Joe Christie? Cooper offers Gilchrist a clue to the dead man’s identity – a scar from a recent operation to repair a bone shattered by a bullet. The dead man is found to have been on the payroll of big Jock Shepherd, Scotland’s premier crime patriarch, and when three more of Shepherd’s men turn up brutally murdered, Gilchrist fears a tectonic shift in the criminal underworld.

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