Friday, April 14, 2017
Pitch Black by Alex Grey
Returning from vacation, Chief Inspector Lorimer walks right back into a murder investigation. The new midfielder on the local football club, brought in to facilitate the club's return to the Premier League, is found stabbed to death in his home. His wife is arrested and most people feel that's that. A sad story but nothing more. Lorimer is not so sure after meeting the woman but all the evidence is there so he puts his misgivings aside.
Then the newest addition to the club, a flashy player whose penchant for off-pitch shenanigans make him a press favorite, is also murdered. Is this just bad luck for Kelvin Football Club? When a referee is gunned down in his driveway after a game with unpopular calls, the press goes wild with speculation about a serial killer with a fixation on the Kelvin club. As Lorimer investigates, he uncovers an organization in the midst of chaos, with an owner who is unlikeable and perhaps criminal and players who are now worried about doing the thing they love most, playing football.
Grey's Chief Inspector Lorimer is an interesting protagonist. He and his wife Maggie have a strong marriage and he understands how she is his refuge and anchor. He spends time not only solving the crimes he is assigned, but helping the men under him progress in their own careers. He works with a supervisor that he despises and one who got the promotion everyone expected to be his. All in all, he is a full-featured man rather than a cardboard cutout as the police in mysteries are often portrayed. The mystery is satisfactory and the reader finishes the book ready to seek out another in the series. This book is recommended for mystery readers.