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Alex Gray is a Scottish bestselling writer and author of the William Lorimer Series.

Born and raised in Glasgow, she studied English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde before serving as a visiting officer for the Department of Health & Social Security (DHSS).

She then gained training as a secondary school teacher of English, and began writing professional short stories, articles and commissions for BBC radio programmes in 1993.

A recipient of the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her works, Alex co-founded of the International Scottish Crime Writing Festival (Bloody Scotland) in 2012 with fellow author Lin Anderson.

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Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Born: 1950

United Kingdom


William Lorimer Series

  1. Never Somewhere Else (2002)
  2. A Small Weeping (2004)
  3. Shadows Of Sounds (2005)
  4. The Riverman (2007)
  5. Pitch Black (2008)
  6. Glasgow Kiss (2009)
  7. Five Ways To Kill A Man (2010)
  8. Sleep like the Dead (2011)
  9. A Pound of Flesh (2012)
  10. The Swedish Girl (2013)
  11. The Bird That Did Not Sing (2014)
  12. Keep The Midnight Out (2015)
  13. The Darkest Goodbye (2016)
  14. Still Dark (2017)
  15. Only the Dead Can Tell (2018)
  16. The Stalker (2019)
  17. When Shadows Fall (2020)
  18. Before the Storm (2021)
  19. Echo of the Dead (2022)
  20. Questions for a Dead Man (2023)

Detailed book overview

William Lorimer Series

Never Somewhere Else

DCI William Lorimer is called into action after the strangled and disfigured bodies of three young women are discovered in a Glasgow park. Distressed and annoyed by the lack of progress in the investigation, Lorimer seeks the help of psychologist and criminal profiler, Dr Solomon Brightman; marking the beginning of a very unsettling union.

The investigations however turns peculiar after a homeless man is brought in for questioning.

For Lorimer, scratching the surface of the masterful Glasgow art world will only reveal dark, concealed layers beneath…

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-0751542912
Publisher: Sphere
A Small Weeping

When the body of a murdered prostitute is discovered in a Glasgow train station, DCI William Lorimer is left puzzled by the occult-like nature of the arrangement of her body.

When a second body is found soon afterwards, Lorimer comes to the realization that he has to proceed with speed if he wants to stand a good chance of catching the latest serial killer in Glasgow.

Suspenseful and exhilarating to say the least, this book takes the reader on an enchanting journey from the inner city to the Scottish Isles, and deep into the shadowy extremes of human nature.

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0749083885
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Shadows Of Sounds

The Glasgow Orchestra is joyfully rehearsing for a performance, unaware of the sheer evil that’s taking place backstage. When the body of the orchestra leader, George Millar, is discovered brutally murdered in his dressing room, the act leaves his colleagues terribly shocked. Yet, even that is not enough to stop the show.

DCI William Lorimer and Dr Solomon Brightman, a psychologist and criminal profiler, are thus brought in to investigate.

The two soon discover the irreparable and entangled relationships between the orchestra members. Apparently, Millar had engaged in numerous homosexual relationships with members of the orchestra; deliberately playing them off against each other.

Would this however be enough to trigger such a terrible act of murder?

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0749082383
Publisher: Allison & Busby
The Riverman

When the body of Duncan Forbes is discovered at River Clyde one morning, many presume that it was an accidental death given how there was an office celebration the previous night.

DCI William Lorimer is however skeptical thanks to an anonymous telephone call and a forensic toxicology test.

Delving deeper into the life and business of Forbes, a supposedly upright and blameless accountant, only presents more unanswered questions for Lorimer. For instance, what secret is the widow hiding? Was the international accountancy firm going through some financial hardships?

The case becomes more unsettling when the body of the company’s human resources manager is discovered in her riverside apartment.

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0062659132
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Pitch Black

Chief Inspector William Lorimer feels a keen sense of tranquility upon his return to Glasgow having gone on holiday to the island of Mull. This feeling however doesn’t last for long, as they body of Kelvin FC’s new marquee midfielder is discovered—mercilessly stabbed to death in his own home.

The case seems quite straightforward when his wife is arrested attempting to leave the country, only for another brutal murder to take place after a Kelvin match.

When the club’s most recent signing becomes the latest victim in a series of killings, Lorimer knows he has to stop a rampant serial killer on the loose.

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0062659156
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Glasgow Kiss

Eric Chalmers is irrefutably considered as one of the most popular teachers at Muirpark Secondary School in Glasgow. So when Julie Donaldson, a student at the school, accuses him of rape, everyone is left in shock. Could such a committed family man and religious adherent ever do anything like that?

A wedge is driven in the school between the teachers and students supporting Julie, and those standing with Chalmers. The police come in to intervene when Julie Donaldson goes missing.

For DCI William Lorimer, Julie’s case further compounds more sleepless nights, as a toddler also recently went missing.

As more days pass, the hopes of finding her alive become even slimmer.

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0062659170
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Five Ways To Kill A Man

A mercurial serial killer is on a rampant killing spree on the streets of Glasgow. Using sheer force in the beginning, the killer resorts to poison and drowning; seemingly hungry for new and efficient ways to murder.

Perplexed by the dethatched nature of the killings, DCI William Lorimer enlists the help of his good friend and psychologist, Dr Solomon Brightman.

When assigned to review the case of a deadly house fire, Lorimer makes a shocking discovery from the initial investigation.

Will Lorimer uncover the identity of the serial killer who is now drawing closer to his family, or will the next victim be a person too close to home?

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0062659194
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Sleep like the Dead

"A vengeful hitman is on the loose in Glasgow."

Marianne Brogan is having many sleepless nights, as a lurking figure has been monitoring her every move. Even worse is that she can’t reach her brother, Billy. Although Billy has some connections with the dark side of Glasgow, he has always been there for her.

Unable to get to the bottom of a number of unrelated yet wildly professional killings, DCI William Lorimer brings in criminal psychologist Dr Solly Brightman to assist his team.

When Solly realizes that he is shockingly connected to the killings, it becomes a race against time to not only expose the person paying the killer, but also identify who’s next on the hit list.

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0062659217
Publisher: Witness Impulse
A Pound of Flesh

Detective Inspector William Lorimer is facing the toughest assignment of his career on the force. Can he discover a connection between the sadistic killing of prostitutes in the back streets of Glasgow and the systematic elimination of several unrelated businessmen?

When the media descends on Lorimer’s investigation after the latest victim turns out to be a notable Scottish politician, the DCI solicits the help of criminal profiler Dr Solly Brightman to get to the bottom of things.

They must however proceed with caution and speed, as not one, but two vicious killers are on the loose.

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0062659231
Publisher: Witness Impulse
The Swedish Girl

Kirsty Wilson is elated after getting a room in an affluent Glasgow apartment owned by Eva Magnusson—a Swedish fellow student.

Her thrill however soon turns to horror after she discovers the body of the stunning Swedish girl in their home. Although her male flat-mate is accused of murder, a skeptical Kirsty launches a mission to exonerate him—inspired by family friend Detective Superintendent William Lorimer.

As Lorimer and criminal profiler, Dr Solly Brightman, assist with solving Eva’s death, a second body with a chilling resemblance to Eva is found.

Is an innocent man behind bars and a brutal killer on the loose?

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0062659248
Publisher: Witness Impulse
The Bird That Did Not Sing

The year is 2014. Glasgow is preparing to host The Commonwealth Games. The city remains extra vigilant after a mysterious bomb explodes in nearby rural Stirlingshire. A desperate search for those responsible is underway.

Detective Superintendent William Lorimer is however preoccupied with other things. The first is that the husband of a stunning red-haired woman from his past unexpectedly dies on his watch, while the body of a young woman discovered in countryside, south of the city, is also proving impossible to identify.

As the event nears, people masquerading behind false identities go over their plans to unleash utter chaos.

This book is also known as The Silent Games.

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0062659279
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Keep The Midnight Out

William Lorimer’s holiday is suddenly interrupted when they body of a red-haired young man is found on the shore of the Isle of Mull.

The bounding of the body chillingly reminds Lorimer of another unsolved murder that took place in Glasgow two decades ago; one that has haunted the Detective Superintendent ever since.

With local cop DI Stevie Crozier in charge of the investigation, Lorimer tries as much as he can not to overstep his bounds.

As similarities between the two cases however become increasingly obvious, Lorimer accepts that there could very well be a cold-hearted killer on the loose.

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0062659293
Publisher: Witness Impulse
The Darkest Goodbye

When Kirsty Wilson, the newly appointed DC, is invited to the house of an elderly woman, what initially seemed like a death by natural causes quickly turns to cold-blooded murder after it becomes apparent that a mysterious figure dressed as a community nurse visited the house earlier that morning.

Another murder then takes place in the city, this time of a renowned Glasgow drug dealer.

As Detective Superintendent William Lorimer comes in to assist DC Wilson with the investigation, the case gets more personal beyond their wildest imaginations.

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0751554885
Publisher: Sphere
Still Dark

A deeply saddened William Lorimer is left questioning his future with Police Scotland after witnessing the site of a massacre that took place inside a local house.

The number of victims across the streets of Glasgow is skyrocketing. Although addicts are perishing from what seems like accidental overdoses, how on earth are the poorest residents in the city able to afford such high-quality morphine?

As Lorimer struggles to return back to work, he notes a striking similarity between the deaths and a previous case involving the euthanasia of vulnerable patients.

Can he overcome his trauma and assist in catching the killer before more innocent people lose their lives?

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0751564426
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Only the Dead Can Tell

When the mutilate body of Dorothy Guildford is discovered in her home, her husband, Peter, is taken in for being the main suspect in the killing.

Although the forensic psychologist still holds some reservations, Police Scotland are convinced they have the right man.

That’s until DC Kirsty Wilson uncovers a shocking a link with a huge human-trafficking operation that Detective Superintendent William Lorimer has been investigating for months.

But Peter soon afterwards hangs on for dear life after he is mercilessly attacked.

With one person dead and another beaten within an inch of his life, the stakes grow even higher for DC Wilson and DSI Lorimer after the abduction of one of their own.

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0751568479
Publisher: Sphere
The Stalker

When Maggie, the spouse of Detective Superintendent William Lorimer, publishes her debut novel, their happiness soon turns into sorrow after a mysterious stalker starts following Maggie on her tours to promote the book.

Meanwhile, Lorimer and the MIT are preoccupied with hunting down a vicious killer responsible for the death of two youthful women.

Can Lorimer however apprehend the psychotic murderer and also successfully pursue his wife’s stalker?

Fans of Cara Hunter, Lisa Jewell, Angela Marsons, Joy Ellis, and Patricia Gibney will certainly appreciate the enthralling nature of this exciting crime novel.

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0751572285
Publisher: Sphere
When Shadows Fall

When his old friend and former colleague is shot dead at his home, Detective Superintendent William Lorimer is devastated. And his problems are only just beginning. It's not long before two further deaths are reported: both victims ex-policemen.

It's clear this is a targeted campaign against their own, yet with no other link between the victims to identify the killer, Lorimer's police team are starting to panic. Who will be next?

Lorimer knows he must keep his cool if he is to solve the case. But with time running out before the next attack, he's struggling to ignore the sickening question at the back of his mind: Will he get to the killer, before the killer gets to him?

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0751576429
Publisher: Sphere
Before the Storm

Inspector Daniel Kohi of the Zimbabwean police force returns home one night to find his worst nightmare has been realized. 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 rumors that someone is passing information to criminal organizations 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…

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0751580013
Publisher: Sphere
Echo of the Dead

After a stressful winter, DSI William Lorimer is enjoying some time away from Glasgow. He and his new friend, Daniel Kohi, have retreated to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to unwind. But what awaits them is far from a holiday.

Despite its troubled history, the mountain village of Glencoe is now a popular resort, famed for its close-knit community, its breath-taking scenery and the warm welcome it offers weary travelers. So it's particularly shocking when two bodies are discovered in quick succession on the nearby peaks...

With a potential serial killer on the loose, Lorimer's Major Incidents Team are drafted in from Glasgow. It's clear that a dark secret lurks beneath the wild beauty of this place. But will Lorimer manage to root it out before the killer strikes again?

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0751583298
Publisher: Sphere
Questions for a Dead Man


When a prominent MSP goes missing, DSI William Lorimer wastes no time in investigating. Robert Truesdale was fronting the controversial campaign to legalize drugs in Scotland, and his enemies were numerous. With every passing day, the chances of finding him alive grow slimmer.

Then the worst happens. A car bomb explodes in a nearby village, and the blackened body pulled from the wreckage appears to be Truesdale's. Yet there are details that don't add up and soon Lorimer is questioning whether the victim was all he claimed to be.

Lorimer calls on the assistance of his friend, PC Daniel Kohi, who has infiltrated a local gang as part of a police initiative to crack down on drug-related crime in Glasgow. As their investigation draws them into the dark heart of Glasgow's criminal underworld, Lorimer and Kohi discover that danger is everywhere and nobody is as they seem.

Author: Alex Gray
First Release: 2023
Ebook: B09TKHH67T
Publisher: Sphere