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When the dead body of a man is fished out of Glasgow's River Clyde the morning after an office celebration, it looks like a case of accidental death. An anonymous telephone call and a forensic toxicology test, however, give DCI Lorimer reason to think otherwise....

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The Riverman Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-02-26 19:41

    I love it when I start a book in the middle of a series and it's not a problem at all getting into the story and the characters are easy to like. The Riverman starts off interesting with the dead body that's fished out of the water, and after that, we get a prequel to what happened before the man was fished out of the water. The book moves between a lot of different POV's, both the police and people around the dead man. At first, it seems that it's either a suicide or a drunken mistake that made the man drown, but Detective Chief Inspector William Lorimer feels that there is more to the case and soon he starts to suspect that someone had a good reason for killing the man.I found The Riverman to be a really good book. I was intrigued by the story and it was interesting to follow the police work as they tried to find the truth. Did I suspect the ending? Yes and now, I suspected that there were more to it and that someone probably was behind it and I was not really surprised when the truth came out. This book is in a way an excellent study in human behavior. And, how moral code can be overruled if it has to.I found this book to be really good and I hope to read the rest of the books in the series. I instantly liked William Lorimer, and it was refreshing to read about a police that seems to have no vices and a stable home life. I do love damaged characters, but once in a while is it nice to read about a man that seems to have most of his life under control.

  • Dianne
    2019-03-05 01:53

    Glasgow’s River Clyde gives up a dead body, a probable accidental death, but for DCI William Lorimer, that probability is tossed out the window when forensics and an anonymous call point to something far more sinister.The victim was an accountant, his company a powerful international firm. Was the company in financial trouble? Is that why this man was found floating in the cold river? What secrets will Lorimer uncover? How many deaths, lies and secrets will be uncovered that are related to this global firm?Follow the trail of deceit, greed and personal agendas as the bodies begin to pile up while the answers remain allusive. Someone knows what is going on and they are not talking, could it be the last person anyone would expect?Twisted, dark and filled with edgy and taut suspense, Alex Gray’s THE RIVERMAN is a suspense reader’s delight as it slowly heats to a boil and spirals to its amazing conclusion.I received this copy from Alex Gray in exchange for my honest review.Publisher: Witness Impulse (January 10, 2017)Publication Date: January 10, 2017Genre: Police Procedural | MysteryPrint Length: 368 pagesAvailable from: Amazon |  Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More:

  • Jenifer Mohammed
    2019-02-27 01:40

    Wow! This story had so many twists and turns that I was struggling to keep up with all the possible suspects, their motives, and the reasons for killing each victim. A really good hard boiled mystery!

  • Kara Lauren
    2019-03-19 21:33

    This was first posted here: Riverman was amazing. Alex Gray is one of the most descriptive authors I have come across. I felt like I was walking the streets of Glasgow, Scotland. At first, I didn't know how I was going to keep up with so many characters, but all of the characters weaved together perfectly. No one was left out, and every turn the story took, was explained. It wasn't like at the end of some movies where you are left questioning what happened to so and so or why did they never go back to this theory? Everything was completed to the T.I also love how I guessed who did it, but at times I almost went back on my theory. The mystery and thrills were intense, and I was also thoroughly surprised throughout the book! I recommend this for anyone, especially if you like any TV BBC series such as Inspector Lynley, Prime Suspect, Cracker, etc.I give The Riverman 4 out of 5 stars! I can't wait to read the rest of this series (and the beginning ones as well).Thank you to Alex Gray, Witness Impulse, and Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for providing this copy of The Riverman for my honest review for the blog tour!

  • LadyTechie
    2019-02-21 02:44

    The Riverman was a very detailed mystery/thriller. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher (Frontlist/Harper Collins) via Edelweiss. As soon as I read the description I knew it would be a book that I enjoy spending time reading. I was worried that I did not know it was the fourth book in a series but, I jumped right in and still found the characters engaging. A reader cannot help but love a good mystery that starts with a body in the first pages. You are hooked because now you must find out who the person was and why did they end up in the river Clyde in Glasgow. It sounds rough going in the parts where more than one body was dropped. The Clyde was described and felt like another character in the book and was intricately woven into the story of the man whose job it was to rescue those that he could from the Clyde, or retrieve their bodies. A job that seemed to be passed down through his family.The Riverman was the story of greed, murder, adultery and never too far from these was jealousy. A very prestigious accounting firm in Glasgow with branches all over the world, that Duncan Forbes' family helped start, has been dragged into a world of trouble. Duncan does what he should and reports it to the managing partner. Unfortunately, this sets off a series of events that will likely tear the firm apart and ruin many families. Another big part of the story is the backdrop of the families of the men who work in the firm that are affected by what transpires, specifically two of the wives that have their lives irrevocably changed. At times, you wonder how people can turn into such monsters. Money is great but, the things that some of the individuals in the book were willing to do to maintain the status quo is just unreal, mainly because it happens in the real world. Alex Gray has a great new book in this series which means I must take a step back and start at the beginning. Review can also be seen at LadyTechie's Book Musings http://ladytechiesbookmusings.blogspo....

  • Sandie
    2019-03-15 19:39

    When Duncan Forbe's body is pulled from the River Clyde in Glasgow, DCI William Latimer is called in to investigate. Forbes had been at a going away party for another member of his accounting firm and everyone's first thought was that he had overindulged and fallen in. But when drugs are found in his system, it becomes clear that this was no accident.As Lorimer and his team interrogate the other members of the firm, they pick up an uneasiness and reluctance to talk. When the man the party was given for is reported found dead in America where his new job was to be, suspicions rise higher. When a flirtatious member of the HR Department is found dead in her apartment, it is crystal clear that the accounting firm has big secrets that are also dangerous.Lorimer pulls in his psychologist friend, Solly, who is helpful in gauging personalities during interrogations and in looking at the case from a different perspective. Solly has helped Lorimer on other cases and his insights are once again an impetus to Lorimer's thought processes. Can the two men and the Glasgow Police discover what is going on before more lives are lost?Alex Gray has written eleven novels in the DCI Lorimer series with another one coming in the spring of 2018. Lorimer is not a flashy detective or one who ignores police procedure. Instead, he uses the investigative tools available to him along with his own common sense to solve the murders that mar the Glasgow landscape. His use of the psychologist as a consultant lends more interest to the cases but it is always clear who is in charge. This book is recommended for mystery readers.

  • Joan
    2019-02-25 19:35

    This is a great novel to read during these dark winter evenings. The plot is complex yet engaging. I enjoyed how the facts of the case were uncovered bit by bit. It took dogged determination on Lorimer's part to get to the root of the mayhem. The police work is methodical but kept my interest throughout the novel. I felt the ruminations of the characters were well balanced with periodic action. The point of view jumped around a bit at the beginning but the threads were brought together as the novel progressed.Relationships are an essential aspect of this novel. They are more important in this novel than those concentrating on action. In two of the marriages, there was some concern about the husband having an affair. I liked how those concerns brought a sense of reality to the characters.This is the first novel about DCI Lorimer I have read by Gray. I could tell there was some back story I had missed, such as between Lorimer and his wife, but this novel reads very well on its own. I really enjoyed the setting and the focus on the river in Glasgow.I recommend this novel to those who enjoy the European style of mysteries, with methodical plots that uncover the mystery layer by layer.I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  • Wendy Jakob
    2019-03-22 04:00

    Another in the DCI Lorimer Detective series by Alex Gray. This case starts with the death of a bookmaker and continues with a death and a disappearance from his firm of accountants.Another death follows and DCI Lorimer must work out the connections between the events and who is behind them. Centred around the river Clyde, two of the bodies are pulled out of the Clyde by the Riverman, the man called when anyone needs rescuing or retrieving from the river. One death is initially believed to be accidental but as the case progresses Lorimer begins to understand how the deaths are linked and that there is nothing accidental taking place.

  • Suzanne
    2019-03-18 00:51

    DCI William Lorimer works the streets of Glasgow in a hard hitting Series. With his now friend, and profiler, Solomon Brightman, they try to solve the grizzly murders found in the Scottish city .. Really strong characterisation and the storylines are all different and well paced. The personal lives of these two men are also really well developed, and their continuum comes across as 'thought out' and not just as an afterthought. Only a few more and I'll be up to date on the whole Series.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-09 20:00

    This book by Alex Gray just didn't do it for me. Set in the world of accountants is probably what made it an unengaging prospect. I usually enjoy the books in this series and I'm a fan of DCI Lorimer.

  • Arthur Okun
    2019-02-20 19:53

    A conventional company----an accounting corporation-----very staid partners-and some are murderers and some are killed and some try to escape.But,DCI William Lorimer interviewed the suspects,searched for clues, and those who stolen,and killedmet justice.

  • Dawn
    2019-03-01 22:44

    Enjoyed this book. At times there were lots of characters to keep up with & had to keep checking who was who but a good read nonetheless!

  • Neil
    2019-03-08 20:59

    Good Yarn

  • Elizabeth Findlay
    2019-03-18 23:56

    Good mystery

  • Jeannie A Maraschin
    2019-03-23 22:39

    Good read, mystery!

  • Jon
    2019-03-02 00:38

    So apparently Harper Voyager decided to gamble on a book that's been previously published, as this one looks to have originally come out almost a decade ago via Little, Brown and another publisher called Sphere. I'm glad that they did, as I received an eARC of this novel a few weeks ago in return for an honest review. (Who has two thumbs and is a Harper Voyager Super Reader? Well, quite a few people actually, but I'm one of them.) ;)Anyhow, this book starts off a bit chaotic and by the halfway point I was like "What's the deal with digging into everyone's relationship?" But the chaos soon resolved into the "bigger story" while the relationships (belatedly, yes, but still) turned out to be the humanizing factor. (cue Gary Oldman) -Everyone- is (or was) in a relationship in this novel, I'll tell you that up front. For a bit there I really was questioning "Why so much personal stuff when I'm here for a mystery?" By the end of the book, though, I realized that I had invested in those relationships, from the main character and his wife to the victims and their spouses, even to the namesake Riverman and his relationship with the Clyde.This book is a slow burn and is just as much about the peripherals as it is the murder/mystery. Understand that going in and you will really enjoy it. Solid 4 stars.

  • Linda Morelli
    2019-02-28 20:43

    I love International crime novels and thought I’d try this mystery set in Scotland a try. I’m so glad I did. The story slowly introduces the characters who play important roles in the mystery, and it’s the characters that kept me hooked. The underlying tension between the various personalities and their relationships took precedence over the actual crimes, adding a unique twist and dimension to the story for me. I especially loved the character Soloman Brightman, a psychologist and profiler, whose insight brings about leads that ultimately help solve the murders. The Riverman was exciting and multifaceted, which made this a fascinating and engrossing read.See my full review at:

  • Michelle
    2019-03-23 21:00

    What I immediately noticed upon beginning to read this book is the atmospheric bent that Alex Gray creates with her imagery on the page. I have never been to Scotland, it is on my bucket list, but I really felt like I could see and feel the biting cold of the water in the Clyde. The unerring strength of our Riverman as he goes out to pull what he believes to be a suicide from the river, carefully rolling it into the boat. I could feel the dampness and the chill of a Glasgow winter.The Author then begins to paint a picture of DCI Lorimer. Her skillfully drawn character left me feeling as if I had missed none of the previous books. I felt I know this DCI and his co workers, friends and loved ones. She then creates an absorbing mystery with all the twists and turns a mystery lover, like myself, craves. She masterfully pulls the reader along on discovery and red herring till finally at last revealing the whole story and the true killer. No one is as good as they would like to be seen. I found myself unable to put this down as I read late into the night.I completely enjoyed this book. The writing flowed well from one view point to the next. When the killer was revealed I was surprised and tickled to have been fooled so many times along the way. This is a great winters night by the fire kind of book.

  • Nigel Bird
    2019-03-09 19:48

    The Riverman is an old guy who is charged with the responsibility of fishing out the bodies from Glasgow’s Clyde. You might not think there’d be much for him to do, but when a serious problem is discovered in a major accountancy firm he becomes a very busy man.There’s a lot to like about this book and there a few things that counted against it for me.Essentially the plot is interesting and the characters are all well sketched out. There’s an element of suspense under the surface and this sometimes rises to really grip. There are also a lot of strands to the book that, while enjoyable in their own way, seem to interrupt the flow of the police investigation and the various adventures that some of the population are involved in. A couple of cases in point concern the main women in the novel. Both of them seem interesting, but the biggest concern they have centres around questions relating to their partners’ fidelity. For me it did them a disservice on the one hand and the book on the other, given that these strands lacked tension. Alongside this, the narrative is divided into a large numbers of points of view and this didn’t really work for me. It’s as if a rather good piece of literary fiction and a pretty good police procedural have become tangled up and lack the necessary symbiosis to fully carry this off.The main investigating characters are rather engaging. They come in the form of William Lorimer, the Chief Inspector, and the psychologist Solly Brightman. The pair work reasonably well together, but I’d be happier if there was a stronger bonding at the book’s heart.Glasgow feels like one of the characters, as does the river in question. This was a real strength for me.I enjoyed this enough to get to the end and can imagine a good number of readers lapping up the quality of the writing. Suck it and see.

  • Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
    2019-03-16 23:00

    Originally posted on lampshadereader.comI voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book via the publisher and Edelweiss. 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.-No cliffhangers.

  • Lori
    2019-03-09 00:38

    Thanks to Harper Collins and Edelweiss - AboveTheTreeline for the free ARC Kindle e-book. The Riverman: A DCI Lorimer Novel byAlex Gray is a big fat juicy read. I have read several other of the DCI William Lorimer novels and enjoyed each one. The writing is good. Most of the characters are well developed along with the plot, and sub-plots. There are twists and turns, and the novel remained mysterious until the end. I enjoyed the historical information about the River Clyde, the bridges, and how this part of the world has experienced many changes. Maybe the author just rode me around in such comfort that I could not keep my eyes open, but I could not read more than a few chapters before nodding off. It was not boring. It just never got my adrenaline up.The Riverman: A DCI Lorimer Novel kept my interest. I could not leave it lay. I will recommend this for our library collection.

  • Larraine
    2019-03-07 22:33

    A blurb on the cover of this book says, according to a Daily Mail reviewer, that the author does for Glasgow what Rankin does for Edinburgh. Well, certainly the author describes some scenes from Glasgow but you don't get a particular feel for the city that you get from a Rankin book. Nor is the writing nearly as good. A review by an reader on describes the characters in the first book as "wooden." This is well into the series, and I still didn't get a feeling for what makes Lorimer or Brightman really tick. The series is called the Lorimer & Brightman series, but the latter doesn't make much in the way of an appearance in this book. Lorimer is described as good looking whatever that means. The story starts with well known and respected accounting firm. There is a problem with the books. It's so bad that things could come crashing down. Then people start getting murdered. The book was nearly 500 pages long, and, in my opinion, should have been condensed a bit more. About a third of the way through the book, I had an inkling about what was going on. I wish there had actually been a few more red herrings. I had to struggle to stay focused and finish this book. I almost skipped to the end just to get it done. I doubt I'll be reading anymore by this author.

  • Judy
    2019-03-14 03:52

    Enjoyed this enormously and am pleased to have discovered another author whose books I'd love to read more of. The following description of the book appears on the cover: 'Brings Glasgow to life in the same way Ian Rankin evokes Edinburgh'.Certainly a wonderful sense of the city is created through the characters and the telling of the story. Given the setting of a Scottish city and a plot involving a CID investigation into a series of deaths linked to a global firm of accountants and their clients - a company of bookmakers, comparison with Ian Rankin's work is inevitable. Well, it is perhaps a bit like comparing heavy industry with craft work! And that's not meant to be at all disparaging; I would say, just enjoy each for what it is! The author's name could be that of a male or female. The writing style and thoughts and dialogue told me that Alex is a woman - the acknowledgements at the end confirm this is so!I liked her book very much. The plot is intricate, human nature comes through in all its complexities and the short chapters work very well.

  • Figen
    2019-03-21 21:55

    I saw this book in the crime section at my local library and thought that I should give it a try since I haven't read a crime story in what seems like ages. When I first started reading this book it was very hard for me to get into it in the first couple of chapters. It only seemed to get interesting in the mid section of the story. What I like about this story is the well written description of the sceneries, locations, characters and just everything in all. What I disliked is the, what seemed to me, slow pace of the story. I could just put this book down and then go back to it whenever I felt like it.However, the plot is very interesting and is well written. I say it's worth a read. The characters are believable and you can empathise with them. Plus, when reading the scenery descriptions you get a perfect image in your mind.

  • Cheryl
    2019-02-28 03:53

    This book was SO good! First time I read anything by this author but she is now on my "authors to read" list.The story and suspense flowed throughout with a cast of characters that were rich in substance. The setting, even though I have never been to Scotland, could picture it with the author's description of her written words.Murders, betrayals, savory characters with secrets, disappearance, relationships both good and bad and much more. I had a hard time putting this one down.And to my pleasure, as I turned the last page, learned that Ms. Gray's next book, PITCH BLACK will be out in March of this year. Can't wait!!!!

  • Kate
    2019-02-23 19:59

    Comparisons to Ian Rankin's D.I. Rebus are wishful thinking. Unfortunately I did not feel that the author fleshed out the protagonist as a person at all, let alone breathe life into his fellow police the way Rankin has. Lorimer has for some reason a psychologist "side kick" who didn't contribute much to the solving of the mystery as far as I could see but who at least has some personally. The subplot came across as silly and not well written though the main mystery was fine. Lukewarm on this author and character. Will only seek more of these out if I run out of other procedural a to read.

  • Temmy
    2019-03-19 03:43

    Well, I decided to get back into reading this series after my dad had bought me three from the series. what I didn't realise was that the books have a specific order to read them in so I've kind of ruined it for myself. I think "The riverman" was the third book for the series which is probably why I didn't find it as good as " Glasgow kiss" or "Five ways to kill a man". I'm looking foward to read the newest book that Gray has published this year. :)

  • Anne Peachey
    2019-02-25 19:32

    The Riverman by Alex Gray revolves around The Riverman of Scotland's River Clyde. It is his job to remove 'detritus' from the River, be this garbage or dead bodies.He removes a body and this is the beginning of a mystery that DCI Lorimer of the Glasgow Police Force is determined to solve.There is plenty of mystery, drama, love and underhanded business dealings that will span Scotland and across to America and back again with twists and turns to the conclusion.

  • Sandra
    2019-03-07 00:48

    I thought the writing of this a bit wooden and that the characters lacked teeth in the way other Glaswegian writers (Lin Anderson, Denise Mina for two) manage to create, but have to admit I'd assumed 'Alex' to be a bloke until I reached the end and discovered he was a she ...That said, the plot was sufficiently convoluted for me not to guess what was going on but it was difficut to care too much about such two-dimensional characters.

  • Alan Pursell
    2019-02-27 02:38

    Bought this while I was in Scotland, and while not as solid as Rankin's Rebus, I did notice a curious difference, here the auther is female, so her male hero is well-dressed, affectionate, loyal, and seems to have his life together. Rankin, writes his male anti-hero as a smoker, drinker and general malcontent whose life is life is going into the shitter.I liked the story, but it just felt made-for-tv in places.