Never Somewhere Else, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


When three young women are discovered strangled and mutilated in a Glasgow park, it is up to DCI Lorimer to find their killer.

Frustrated by a lack of progress in the investigation, Lorimer is forced to enlist the services of Dr Solomon Brightman, psychologist and criminal profiler.

Together they form an uneasy alliance. But when a homeless man is brought in for questioning the investigation takes a bizarre turn.

Soon Lorimer has to scratch the surface of the polished Glasgow art world and reveal the dark layers hidden beneath...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751542912

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Never Somewhere Else by Alex Gray is the first book in the DCI Lorimer series that first came to my attention when I was reading a list of authors that are grouped under the banner of Tartan Noir. Other authors often found under this grouping are Stuart MacBride, Denise Mina, Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre, all favorites of mine. Tartan Noir books are crime novels, set in Scotland, and often have a dark or even hard-boiled aspect but it appears to me that these days the Tartan Noir banner is applied pretty loosely to just about any crime novel that happens to be set in Scotland.In this story, it appears that a serial murder is at work on the streets of Glasgow as three young women are found in one of the city’s parks, victims of murder and mutilation. But when DCI William Lorimer enlists the services of Dr. Solomon Brightman, a psychologist and criminal profiler, a suspicion arises that there is more premeditation to these murders than mere chance encounters.There are at least four blurbs on the cover comparing this author to Ian Rankin which I think is a disservice to her. This is not Ian Rankin, her characters aren’t as sharply drawn, her main character is quite different from John Rebus in that, at this time, Lorimer is a happily married man who doesn’t drink and appears to follow the rules. What Never Somewhere Else is however, is a pretty good first book in a promising police procedural series set in Glasgow. I enjoyed the book and will definitely be continuing on with the next book in the series.

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I got to p53 of this and left it for awhile...not a good sign :( Just tried to pick up the threads of it ....and can't remember any of the previous pages. My memory is like a sieve....but not for books. After a page I've just decided to give up as its ' blocking up the system". I've read A small weeping which got me on to Alex and loved it. So decided to start from the beginning. So confident was I that I'd enjoy this one I've got the 3rd one ready to read from the library in my ...library bag. When I'm into a book I can read it within 24 hrs. I've been diddling with this for about 3 wks now its an abandoned.

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