The Riverman, Paperback
1.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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.

Probing deeper into the life and business of the deceased accountant, Duncan Forbes, a seemingly upright member of the community, Lorimer find only yet more unanswered questions.

What is the secret his widow seems to be concealing?

Is there any reason to think that the international accountancy firm was facing financial difficulties?

What has become of the dead man's protege who has disappeared in New York? And when the firm's human resources manager is found dead in her riverside flat these questions become only more complex -- not to mention more disturbing. And Lorimer is having to cope not only with deceptions devised to hide the facts, but also with suspicions from those far closer to home ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751538731



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'The Riverman' is a competent murder mystery, but lacks any features which make it stand out from its myriad companions in that genre. The case itself is the strongest component, although the denoument requires some suspension of belief, with a variety of suspects and sufficient twists and turns in the investigation without too many wild goose chases or irrelevant diversions. The choice of a corporate environment was also interesting, and the characters there were mostly well drawn and sympathetic, showing that many choices in life, in work and in crime are not matters of black and white.Unfortunately, this did not extend to the investigating team. DCI Lorimer must be one of the lease interesting detectives in crime fiction, and most of the supporting team barely merited a cursory description (aside from copious references to Brightman's beard). Lorimer is extremely dull, characterised by his aparent lack of interests aside from his job and his equally bland wife, and his ability to behave completely properly and virtuously at all times in work and in life. Unlike with the suspects, decisions for him are always clean cut, and he always comes down on the right side. The only personal moments focus on a tedious subplot in which Lorimer's wife wonders whether he is cheating (of course, he is not). Detectives with troubled personal lives, drinking problems, or musical passions may be tropes but they help the reader to identify with the character and take an interest in the progression of his story. There is none of that with Lorimer; indeed he could easily have been replaced with a different detective with no significant changes to the plot or resolution of the story.I was also disappointed by the location. The marketed as "Glasgow's answer to Iain Rankin" the references to location were purely geographical and conveyed none of the character of the city.

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