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Riven by A J McCreanor
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Riven – Brilliant debut

Riven is the debut crime thriller by A.J. McCreanor a Glasgow writer now based down south with us wee sassanachs. For someone who is making her debut writing let alone in the crime thriller genre she has hit all the right buttons, her use of the Glaswegian burr I could just hear friends in the roles of the characters. Her knowledge of Glasgow is impecible and she could almost be giving you a guided tour of the highlights and the low lights of the city. A. J. McCreanor’s writing is compelling that really does draw you in as a reader to the dark and sinister side of Glasgow’s East End.

DI Kat Wheeler is out at the theatre when she receives the call all Murder Teams dread the call out to a fresh body. When she meets up with her colleague DI Ross they are confronted with the murder of Educational Psychologist James Gilmore who has been brutally murdered. They are also confronted with the facts that there does not seem to be any reason as to why he would be murdered. Even his colleagues could not think of any reason other than he taught some of the most damaged kids in the Glasgow school system.

Kat’s nephew, Jason, is at University in Glasgow, probably to put space between himself and his mother down in England. Her sister keeps worrying Jason is dead or missing as he does not keep in touch so Kat tracks hims down to find him buying drugs with his girlfriend. Later his girlfriend is found dead and even though Jason convinces the police he has nothing to do with her death, but Kat is not convinced. She knows he is hiding something but not sure what.

One of the local bosses is taking an interest in to the murder of James Gilmore and making sure that even though he had nothing to do with it, the polis never find the culprit. The local Andy Doyle also happens to have his fingers in many pies and even when the police do visit he has nothing to say. He knows everything that happens on his patch and those that go against him are disappeared. Not a man to be crossed.

Wheeler and Ross find that they are in the midst of a web of lies where the killer is able to keep ahead of them, sometimes by design sometimes by accident. While Wheeler accepts the closure of the case she is not sure if the truth comes out justice will be done.

Riven is an excellent debut that will blow you away taking you to the tough and gritty east end of Glasgow via the education establishment of the city. This is a gripping and exciting read that has a great pace about it the Glasgow accent shouts from each page as if you were in the heart of Glasgow. This will be a hard thriller to follow but I am sure A.J. McCreanor will succeed. ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | Nov 13, 2014 |
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First he kills... and then he waits. A psychologist is found brutally murdered, an addict jumps to his death and a student is found dead. These are the facts. And they are all that DIs Wheeler and Ross have. He waits. As Wheeler and Ross weave through the layers of Glasgow's underbelly they find a subculture where truth and lies are interchangeable commodities and violence is the favoured currency. He watches. The killer stays one step ahead of them as Wheeler uncovers a web of deceit in which her own nephew is entangled. He leaves his legacy. And as the case draws to a close, Wheeler has to confront her own integrity and face the dilemma: is justice always served by the truth?… (more)

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