Alex Gray

Born and raised in Glasgow, Alex Gray studied English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde. She has worked a visiting officer of the DHSS and as an English teacher, beginning to write professionally in 1993. She has published thirteen novels starring Detective Chief Inspector Lorimer and his psychological profiler Solomon Brightman, all set around her native Glasgow. A regular on bestseller lists, she won the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies and, together with Lin Anderson is a co-founder of Bloody Scotland, the Stirling-based crime-writing festival.


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Books by Alex Gray

Detective Lorimer series

The Darkest Goodbye (#13)

Sphere, March 2016

Alex Gray - The Darkest Goodbye

When newly fledged DC Kirsty Wilson is called to the house of an elderly woman, what appears to be a death by natural causes soon takes a sinister turn when it is revealed that the woman had a mysterious visitor in the early hours of that morning – someone dressed as a community nurse, but with much darker intentions.

As Kirsty is called to another murder – this one the brutal execution of a well-known Glasgow drug dealer – she finds herself pulled into a complex case involving vulnerable people and a sinister service that offers them and their loved ones a ‘release’. Detective Superintendent William Lorimer is called in to help DC Wilson investigate and as the body count rises, the pair soon realise that this case is about to get more personal than either of them could have imagined…

Praise for The Darkest Goodbye

Rightly acclaimed in her native Scotland, it is important to remind the rest of the country just how impressive Gray’s work is… She has brought Glasgow’s dark underworld to life in the same way Ian Rankin did Edinburgh’s…Told with characteristic panache, it confirms what an excellent crime writer Gray has become

Daily Mail

She definitely lives up to the hype… It’s a fantastic plot, one that has a very interesting and topical debate at the heart of it, and keeps you guessing to the very last few pages

Press & Journal


Keep The Midnight Out

When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer’s tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty year old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him ever since.

As local cop DI Stevie Crozier takes charge of the island murder investigation, Lorimer tries to avoid stepping on her toes. But as the similarities between the young man’s death and his cold case grow more obvious, Lorimer realises that there could be a serial killer on the loose after all these years. As the action switches dramatically between the Mull murder and the Glasgow cold case twenty years earlier, Lorimer tries desperately to catch a cold-hearted killer. Has someone got away with murder for decades?

Praise for Keep the Midnight Out

Few have matched the sustained high quality of [Alex Gray’s] output over twelve novels… What she delivers is sound characterisation, convincing Glaswegian atmosphere and superior writing

The Times

Keep the Midnight Out is one of Alex Gray’s very best books. The series featuring her protagonist Detective Superintendent Lorimer has gone from strength to strength

Good Book Guide

This Scottish author is at the top of her game

Daily Record

The new master of Scottish crime writing

Scottish Daily Express

Move over Rebus

Daily Mirror


The Bird That Did Not Sing (#11)

Sphere, March 2014

Alex Gray - The Bird that did not Sing

2014: The Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow and security is extra tight, particularly after a mysterious bomb explodes in nearby rural Stirlingshire. As the opening ceremony for the Games draws ever closer, the police desperately seek the culprits. But Detective Superintendent Lorimer has other concerns on his mind. One is a beautiful red-haired woman from his past whose husband dies suddenly on his watch. Then there is the body of a young woman found dumped in countryside just south of the city who is proving impossible to identify. Elsewhere in Glasgow people prepare for the events in their own way, whether for financial gain or to welcome home visitors from overseas. And, hiding behind false identities, are those who pose a terrible threat not just to the Games but to the very fabric of society.

Praise for The Bird That Did Not Sing

Compelling… Explosive… Once again proves she is one of the most adept practitioners of the crime novel at work today

Good Book Guide