584 pages

English language

Published Nov. 20, 2014 by WF Howes Ltd.

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2 stars (1 review)

It's Saturday morning in Glasgow when Strathclyde CID are called to photograph the body of a young woman. Her clothes in disarray, she has been laid out ritually. The following day, another girl is found. Retired detective Danny Neilson is convinced that the murders are linked to the Red Silk cases that he worked on in the 1960s.

3 editions

Formulaic & dull

2 stars

Well, I've finally finished Witness The Dead despite there being a few moments when I wasn't sure whether I could be bothered. The long book is apparently the fourth in its series of police procedural thrillers. The earlier books might be better - I haven't read them - but this one is so formulaic and meandering that I just found it dull.

The best character is the city of Glasgow which comes across as dark and threatening or vibrant and youthful, depending on the scene and time of day. Many buildings and streets are attractively described and, if it weren't for the violent undercurrents, I'd suggest the tourist office sell copies. I recognised places we visited and am inspired to travel there again.

The human characters however are sadly two-dimensional and almost cartoonish in their actions and speech. Theres Shouty Policeman and Spiteful Policeman, Bland Hero, Competent Yet Also Attractive …


  • Fiction


  • Glasgow (Scotland)
  • Scotland
  • Glasgow