Alex Gray Books in Order

The Alex Gray books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Alex Gray books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Lorimer & Brightman Books

Never Somewhere Else

Gray, Alex 2002
When a series of young women are discovered strangled and mutilated in a Glasgow park, it is up to DCI Lorimer to find their killer. Read More

A Small Weeping

Gray, Alex 2004

When a murdered prostitute is found in a Glasgow train station, DCI Lorimer is perplexed by the ritualistic arrangement of her body. It isn’t long before there is another murder and he realises there’s no time to waste if he is to stop Glasgow’s latest serial killer.

A taut, suspense-filled thriller, A Small Weeping takes the reader on a gripping journey from the inner city to the wilds of the Scottish Isles, and far into the darkest depths of human nature.

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Shadows of Sounds

Gray, Alex 2005

When George Millar, the City of Glasgow’s orchestra leader, is brutally murdered in his dressing room before a performance, his colleagues are shocked. As the show goes on, DCI Lorimer and psychologist Solomon Brightman uncover a series of irrevocably tangled relationships between the orchestra members.

Millar had been involved in a series of homosexual relationships and was well known for playing his lovers off against one another – but were his controversial dalliances really enough to incite cold-blooded and calculated murder?

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The Riverman

Gray, Alex 2007

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 . . .

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Pitch Black

Gray, Alex 2008

When Chief Inspector Lorimer returns from his holiday on the island of Mull, he feels a welcome sense of calm. But it doesn't last long. Kelvin FC's new star midfielder is found brutally stabbed to death in his own home and, with his wife apprehended trying to leave the country, a seemingly straightforward new case begins.

But the grisly murder of a referee after a Kelvin match throws light on some dark secrets at the ground. And when the latest signing to the club becomes the latest victim in a string of killings, Lorimer knows there's a serial killer on the loose - one that's only beginning to show his true colours.

As lies emerge and tensions build, the players and managers live under the constant threat of becoming the next Kelvin fatality. Building to a dark and suspenseful climax, Pitch Black is Alex Gray's most powerful work to date.

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Glasgow Kiss

Gray, Alex 2009

Eric Chalmers is one of the most popular teachers at Muirpark Secondary School in Glasgow. Gentle and kind, he is the person the students come to when they want to confide in someone. So when precocious teenager Julie Donaldson accuses Chalmers of rape, the school goes into shock.

How could a deeply religious family man like Chalmers do anything like that? With some students and teachers supporting Julie, and others standing by Chalmers, life at Muirpark is far from harmonious. And then things get much worse - Julie Donaldson goes missing, and the police are called in.

For DCI William Lorimer, this is the second missing persons case in a week. He's been having sleepless nights about a toddler who has been missing for several days - with each day, the likelihood of her being found alive diminishes. Julie's disappearance adds a further burden to Lorimer's already overstretched workload.

With hope fading, it becomes a breakneck race against time to find both missing girls.

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Five Ways to Kill a Man

Gray, Alex 2010

An unpredictable killer is loose on the streets of Glasgow, experimenting with death. Beginning with brute force, the murderer moves on to poison and drowning, greedy for new and better ways to kill.Faced with a string of unconnected victims, DCI Lorimer turns to psychologist and friend Solomon Brightman for his insights.

Lorimer is also assigned to review the case of a fatal house fire. His suspicions are raised by shocking omissions in the original investigation. Some uncomfortable questions have been buried but Lorimer is the man to ask them. As the serial killer gets closer to Lorimer's family, can the DCI unmask the volatile murderer before the next victim is found too close to home?

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Sleep Like the Dead

Gray, Alex 2011

There's a hitman in Glasgow: unpaid and angry, he's decided to settle his own debts... Elsewhere in the city, Marianne Brogan can't sleep. She's plagued by a nightmare: someone in the shadows, whispering threats, stalking her every move. To make matters worse, Marianne can't get hold of her brother, Billy.

Despite knowing some shady characters from Glasgow's underworld, Billy's always been there for her - until now.DCI Lorimer and his team are faced with a string of seemingly unconnected but professional killings. Without witnesses or much conclusive evidence to build a case, the officers are drawing a blank.

Criminal psychologist Solly Brightman is off the case due to budget cuts. But Solly is more closely connected to the murders than he could possibly know . . . And as the hitman plans a bloody ransom to get his fee, the race is on to find out just who hired him - and who's next on the hit list.

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A Pound Of Flesh

Gray, Alex 2012

As the freezing winter weather grips Glasgow, two killers are relentlessly taking lives in cold blood. For Lorimer, time is running out in this ninth installmentDetective Inspector Lorimer's worst nightmare is a serial killer loose in his city€”but two serial killers operating at once in Glasgow is a nightmare come to life.

Is there any link between the brutal slaying of prostitutes in the backstreets of the city and the methodical killing of several unconnected businessmen? Lorimer is never one to jump to conclusions, but something about these cases just doesn't add up.

When the latest murder is that of a prominent politician, Lorimer finds the media's relentless scrutiny turned on his investigation. Psychologist Solly Brightman is helping with both cases, but someone within Lormer's team is unwittingly sabotaging their efforts by leaking confidential police information.

Their whispers will cost lives.

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The Swedish Girl

Gray, Alex 2013

Another gripping Lorimer novel from Alex Gray, evoking Glasgow like no other writer canEighteen-year-old Kirsty Wilson can't believe her luck when she lands a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by the beautiful Eva Magnusson, a wealthy fellow student from Stockholm.

But her initial delight turns to terror when Kirsty finds the Swedish girl lying dead in their home and their male flatmate accused of her murder. Kirsty refuses to accept that he is guilty and, inspired by family friend Detective Superintendent Lorimer, sets out to clear his name.

Meanwhile, Lorimer calls on his trusted colleague, psychologist Solly Brightman, to help unravel the truth behind the enigmatic Eva's life and death. But it is not long until another woman, bearing a marked resemblance to Eva, is brutally murdered in Glasgow.

Horrified, Lorimer and his team realize that Kirsty could be right. Is it possible that Glasgow's finestdetective has put the wrong man behind bars? And is there a cold-blooded killer out there orchestrating the death of their next innocent victim? In this absolutely gripping read, Alex Gray sends her dynamic Scottish detective from the gritty heart of Glasgow to the snowy streets of Stockholm in his toughest case yet.

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The Bird That Did Not Sing / The Silent Games

Gray, Alex 2014

The Commonwealth Games 2014 is coming to Glasgow and security is extra tight particularly after a mysterious bomb explodes in a nearby rural Stirlingshire As the opening ceremony for the Games draws ever closer the police desperately seek the culprits But Detective Superintendent Lorimer has other concerns on his mind One is a beautiful red-haired woman from his past whose husband dies suddenly on his watch Then there is the body of a young woman found dumped in the countryside just south of the city who is proving impossible to identify

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Keep the Midnight Out

Gray, Alex 2015

When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer's tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty year old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him ever since.

As local cop DI Stevie Crozier takes charge of the island murder investigation, Lorimer tries to avoid stepping on her toes. But as the similarities between the young man's death and his cold case grow more obvious, Lorimer realises that there could be a serial killer on the loose after all these years.

As the action switches dramatically between the Mull murder and the Glasgow cold case twenty years earlier, Lorimer tries desperately to catch a cold-hearted killer. Has someone got away with murder for decades?

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The Darkest Goodbye

Gray, Alex 2016

'Immensely exciting and atmospheric' ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH'Move over Rebus' Daily Mail'Exciting, pacey, authentic'ANGELA MARSONS'Convincing Glaswegian atmosphere and superior writing'The Times Don't miss Alex Gray's latest novel - WHEN SHADOWS FALL is out now in paperback It doesn't matter whether you've read them all or whether you're discovering this bestselling series for the first time, this Lorimer mystery is the perfect winter read to cozy up with _______________Was it mercy? Or murder? When newly fledged DC Kirsty Wilson is called to the house of an elderly woman, what appears to be a death by natural causes soon takes a sinister turn when it is revealed that the woman had a mysterious visitor in the early hours of that morning - someone dressed as a community nurse, but with much darker intentions.

As Kirsty is called to another murder - this one the brutal execution of a well-known Glasgow drug dealer - she finds herself pulled into a complex case involving vulnerable people and a sinister service that offers them and their loved ones a 'release'.

Detective Superintendent William Lorimer is called in to help DC Wilson investigate and as the body count rises, the pair soon realise that this case is about to get more personal than either of them could have imagined . . .Alex Gray's new novel BEFORE THE STORM is available to pre-order now _______________ ***PRAISE FOR ALEX GRAY*** 'Convincing Glaswegian atmosphere and superior writing' The Times 'Brings Glasgow to life in the same way Rankin evokes Edinburgh' Daily Mail 'Exciting, pacy, authentic' Angela Marsons 'Sums up everything that is golden and enthralling about a good book' Fully Booked

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Still Dark

Gray, Alex 2017

'Immensely exciting and atmospheric' ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH'Move over Rebus' Daily Mail'Exciting, pacey, authentic'ANGELA MARSONS'Convincing Glaswegian atmosphere and superior writing'The Times Don't miss Alex Gray's latest novel - WHEN SHADOWS FALL is out now in paperback It doesn't matter whether you've read them all or whether you're discovering this bestselling series for the first time, this Lorimer mystery is the perfect winter read to cozy up with _______________Crime always hides in the shadows .

. . New Year's Eve should be a time for celebrating. A chance to spend time with loved ones and look forward to the year ahead. For DSI William Lorimer, however, this New Year's Eve will be one that he will never forget. Called to a house after gunshots are reported, the carnage he finds there will have a powerful impact on his life - leaving him questioning his future with Police Scotland.

Meanwhile, the man who eluded police capture during Lorimer's last investigation - the Quiet Release case involving the euthanasia of vulnerable patients - is back, and this time he's aligned with a powerful gangster from Glasgow's underworld.As Lorimer struggles to return to duty and stop this mystery killer once and for all, he discovers that there are forces high up within Police Scotland that are protecting the gangster that holds the key to finding the man they are looking for.

Can Lorimer and his team get a killer off the streets for good before more innocent people die? Alex Gray's new novel BEFORE THE STORM is available to pre-order now _______________ ***PRAISE FOR ALEX GRAY*** 'Convincing Glaswegian atmosphere and superior writing' The Times 'Brings Glasgow to life in the same way Rankin evokes Edinburgh' Daily Mail 'Exciting, pacy, authentic' Angela Marsons 'Sums up everything that is golden and enthralling about a good book' Fully Booked

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The Stalker

Gray, Alex 2019
The latest William Lorimer investigation from bestselling author Alex Gray. Glasgow-set crime at its most thrilling. Read More

Before the Storm

Gray, Alex 2021

***THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES***'Immensely exciting and atmospheric' ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH'Move over Rebus' Daily Mail'Exciting, pacy, authentic'ANGELA MARSONS'Convincing Glaswegian atmosphere and superior writing'The TimesYour 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 . . .__________________Readers love Alex Gray 'Alex Gray's great crime fiction series is one you can pick up at any stage and not feel lost .

. complex, intriguing, tense''A fast-paced thriller with lots of twists and turns''This series just gets better and better and everything still feels fresh. Highly recommended''Lorimer is without doubt my favourite detective''I have read every book in the series and each one has been a pleasure.

' 'Alex Gray is a master storyteller'

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