Meet Pat and Eddy, two old pals from Glasgow:
“They´d watched films together, met and dumped women together, went to the gym together and, in the manner of married couples, their style had harmonised.”
Their style has indeed harmonised, so much that when Eddy´s wife leaves him, Eddy takes it for granted that Pat is prepared to join him when he embarks on a rather haphazard kidnapping scheme. Pat begins to realize that he is growing away from Eddy and that it is time to leave his infatuation behind, but it is not that easy to get away from a frustrated and armed Eddy.
DS Alex Morrow´s superior also takes it for granted that as the crime happened among Muslims, he has to give the case to DS Grant Bannerman, her less experienced male colleague. Furthermore, Bannerman is the type who steals his colleagues´ ideas and pretend they were his own. So throughout most of the book the two of them fight to get the bright ideas first and look good in the eyes of the boss.
Alex Morrow, a new acquaintance of mine, is a controlled workaholic, and only slowly do we realize why she is so unwilling to go home.
I found it rather difficult to make up my mind about this police procedural. I was so impressed by Mina´s wonderful Garnethill trilogy, but though this story was not bad at all, Alex Morrow was the only character who really caught my attention.
I bought the book myself.