Saturday 16 December 2017

Review: Random by Craig Robertson

Simon & Schuster, €8.99, Paperback

A serial killer is stalking the streets of Glasgow. There is no set pattern to the killings. He strikes at random and the police are baffled as there seems to be no rhyme or reason to his choice of victims.

The first victim is an arrogant young solicitor, the second a popular bookie, the third a young hoodlum. Each is killed in a different and highly imaginative fashion. The killer leaves no clues, no DNA samples, no fleeting CCTV image.

The press has dubbed him The Cutter as his trade mark is to lop off the right hand little finger of each victim. He posts each finger to Detective Sergeant Rachel Nerney, an ambitious young policewoman he's randomly chosen to be his 'friend' on the force.

While The Cutter likes to think he is the puppet master, the reality is that things are spinning out of control for him. For one, DS Nerney is a lot smarter than he realises, and, secondly, one of the victims had gangland connections. One of Glasgow's most vicious gang bosses will stop at nothing to unmask The Cutter.

Told from the point of view of the killer, this cleverly-structured debut thriller keeps the reader hooked from start to finish.

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