#Review The Photographer by Craig Robertson @CraigRobertson @simonschusterUK

• Publication date: 25 Jan 2018

• Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Praise for the book

Craig Robertson’s Narey and Winter series goes from strength to strength, and this latest instalment is the most compelling. Brace yourself to be horrified and hooked’ Eva Dolan

‘I can’t recommend this book highly enough’ Martina Cole

‘Fantastic characterisation, great plotting, page-turning and gripping. The best kind of intelligent and moving crime fiction writing’ Luca Veste
‘Really enjoyed Murderabilia – disturbing, inventive, and powerfully and stylishly written. Recommended’ Steve Mosby

Thanks to the author and publisher via NetGalley for my review copy.

My Thoughts & Review

2018 is going to be a very good year for books, judging by the books I’ve read so far. This one will most definitely be on my list of outstanding books of the year.

A breathtaking, suspenseful book that had me literally on the edge of my seat. I started reading it one Saturday morning and abandoned all plans for that day because I had to keep reading until the very end.

A dangerous predator is stalking the streets of Glasgow looking for victims. A serial rapist is attacking women in their own homes and using violence to subdue them. The police know his identity but are powerless. In a legal search of his home they uncover a large collection of photos of young attractive woman who are obviously unaware that they’ve been surreptitiously photographed. The police are ordered to return all copies, digital or otherwise to the owner. They can’t proceed with a case against the man because no-one is brave enough to give evidence against him, or they’ve disappeared.

Rogue copies of the photographs are sent to a sympathetic source who attempts to identify the women in the photographs one by one. It’s a race against time because they’re worried about more than one apparent victim who are all missing and the case takes on a further sinister tone when the female detective becomes the target of a vicious hate campaign by a group on social media and photographs of her and her young daughter are circulated and posted online.

Although there are short scenes of violence, there isn’t anything of a gratuitous nature. The author shows a great sensitivity writing about the devastating effects of the assaults on the women victims.

Craig Robertson is the favourite author of a Scottish friend of mine and I can see why. I have a collection of his books now that I can’t wait to read.

A gripping, outstanding read. Highly recommended

Definitely one for the small screen. Remember I’ve predicted this!

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About the author

A former journalist, Craig Robertson had a 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper before becoming a full-time author. He interviewed three Prime Ministers, reported on major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. He was pilloried on breakfast television, beat Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India.

His gritty crime novels are set on the mean streets of contemporary Glasgow. His first novel, Random, was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA New Blood Dagger, longlisted for the 2011 Crime Novel of the Year and was a Sunday Times bestseller. He is also the author of a series of novels featuring crime scene photographer Tony Winter and Detective Sergeant Rachel Narey; Snapshot, Cold Grave and Witness the Dead.

Craig also has a weakness/fascination/obsession with black pudding and has travelled across Europe in search of the perfect pud. This admittedly strange pilgrimage included being a judge at the world black pudding championships in France.

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