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St. Andrews, Scotland, has become home to the most vicious serial killer Britain has ever known. Striking only during thunderstorms, choosing only victims who abuse women, the Stabber has Detective Inspector Andy Gilchrist and his team baffled until victim number six turns up in the form of a respected bank manager, Bill Granton. A surprise witness gives Gilchrist and his St. Andrews, Scotland, has become home to the most vicious serial killer Britain has ever known. Striking only during thunderstorms, choosing only victims who abuse women, the Stabber has Detective Inspector Andy Gilchrist and his team baffled until victim number six turns up in the form of a respected bank manager, Bill Granton. A surprise witness gives Gilchrist and his partner, the embittered Detective Sergeant Sa Preston, their first solid lead to the Stabber's identity. However, the uproar from the media gives Gilchrist's boss, the hateful Detective Chief Inspector Mark Patterson, his golden opportunity to suspend Gilchrist and bring in the Scottish Crime Squad. Driven by his fear of failure, desperate to redeem his reputation, Gilchrist takes on the case alone. The novel reworks the genre of simple revenge thriller and adds a real psychological depth to proceedings.


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St. Andrews, Scotland, has become home to the most vicious serial killer Britain has ever known. Striking only during thunderstorms, choosing only victims who abuse women, the Stabber has Detective Inspector Andy Gilchrist and his team baffled until victim number six turns up in the form of a respected bank manager, Bill Granton. A surprise witness gives Gilchrist and his St. Andrews, Scotland, has become home to the most vicious serial killer Britain has ever known. Striking only during thunderstorms, choosing only victims who abuse women, the Stabber has Detective Inspector Andy Gilchrist and his team baffled until victim number six turns up in the form of a respected bank manager, Bill Granton. A surprise witness gives Gilchrist and his partner, the embittered Detective Sergeant Sa Preston, their first solid lead to the Stabber's identity. However, the uproar from the media gives Gilchrist's boss, the hateful Detective Chief Inspector Mark Patterson, his golden opportunity to suspend Gilchrist and bring in the Scottish Crime Squad. Driven by his fear of failure, desperate to redeem his reputation, Gilchrist takes on the case alone. The novel reworks the genre of simple revenge thriller and adds a real psychological depth to proceedings.

30 review for Eye For An Eye

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sho

    This was a Kindle-deal-of-the-day so for 99cents I thought I'd give it a punt. It was easy to read, and I got into it right away. It's a detective series set in St Andrews, Scotland, and this time there is a serial killer on the loose. If you want to know about the blurb, check out the Goodreads summary. I'm only going to say that with a head full of cold and a cold, winter train-ride every day this was a good way to pass the time. The only quibbles are at the end there is a big fight scene while This was a Kindle-deal-of-the-day so for 99cents I thought I'd give it a punt. It was easy to read, and I got into it right away. It's a detective series set in St Andrews, Scotland, and this time there is a serial killer on the loose. If you want to know about the blurb, check out the Goodreads summary. I'm only going to say that with a head full of cold and a cold, winter train-ride every day this was a good way to pass the time. The only quibbles are at the end there is a big fight scene while Gilcrist has broken ribs, concussion and stitches in his head. A tad unbelievable even when he's stuffed full of painkillers. Also the ending was a bit soft. But I will be checking out #2 in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Raven McAllan

    The best book in the series in my opinion. I read this whilst my daughter was at St Andrews Uni, and Aa times it was downright scary. Especially when I asked her if she knew a road or lane and she'd say things like "oh yeah, that's the place we call raper's alley. I walk up it every day" Great book. The best book in the series in my opinion. I read this whilst my daughter was at St Andrews Uni, and Aa times it was downright scary. Especially when I asked her if she knew a road or lane and she'd say things like "oh yeah, that's the place we call raper's alley. I walk up it every day" Great book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maria Hill AKA MH Books

    Great Fun. I always knew St Andrews was a dangerous :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    KK

    If you like John Rebus and Logan McRae, you'll probably like Andy Gilchrist. He's a familiar character: a hard-working, hard-boiled,hard done-by man of the Scottish polis who's under a mountain of pressure to clean up the city streets. Given some time, though, I reckon Gilchrist will make a name for himself. It's not a bad start to a series at all, though I have to admit that I found it pretty depressing. Murder isn't a cheery subject, I know, but when all the subplots (aka each and every aspect If you like John Rebus and Logan McRae, you'll probably like Andy Gilchrist. He's a familiar character: a hard-working, hard-boiled,hard done-by man of the Scottish polis who's under a mountain of pressure to clean up the city streets. Given some time, though, I reckon Gilchrist will make a name for himself. It's not a bad start to a series at all, though I have to admit that I found it pretty depressing. Murder isn't a cheery subject, I know, but when all the subplots (aka each and every aspect of Gilchrist's life) are full of woe and tragedy it can become very gloomy. I think that I would have preferred one less dreary side story and something pleasant to happen for poor ol' Gilchrist.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David Highton

    A police procedural set in St. Andrews at a time when Prince William was a student there. Six murders with the same MO.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Eye for an Eye (A DCI Andy Gilchrist Investigation) is the first DI Andy Gilchrist mystery by Frank Muir. Andy Gilchrist is working to solve the Stabber murders in the small town of St. Andrew's Scotland, a community south of Dundee and north of Edinburgh. The Stabber has been murdering men who have mistreated their wives. So far 6 have been murdered. Gilchrist is under extreme pressure from his boss, DCI Patterson, who hates Gilchrist and is trying to get rid of him. He brings in an investigato Eye for an Eye (A DCI Andy Gilchrist Investigation) is the first DI Andy Gilchrist mystery by Frank Muir. Andy Gilchrist is working to solve the Stabber murders in the small town of St. Andrew's Scotland, a community south of Dundee and north of Edinburgh. The Stabber has been murdering men who have mistreated their wives. So far 6 have been murdered. Gilchrist is under extreme pressure from his boss, DCI Patterson, who hates Gilchrist and is trying to get rid of him. He brings in an investigator from the Scottish crime division and suspends Gilchrist. While the story progresses from Gilchrist's perspective, we also get insights into the character of the Stabber. As well, we see another killer who is stalking an ex-girlfriend of Gilchrist, that being Beth who runs a shop in town. Gilchrist is also trying to deal with his family (don't all of these inspectors seem to be doing that?), his ex-wife is dying of cancer and he has only irregular contact with his son and daughter. All the while Gilchrist continues to work on the case, even while under suspension. He's unsure who to trust in the police force, has a few friends but also some whose motives he is unsure of. The story is a slow build, even though it is quite gritty, especially when you get more involved in the murders. As it progresses, the intensity builds very nicely and the case(s) and suspect(s) become more interesting. Gilchrist relies very much on his gut feelings about cases which is fine in this story. He does make some leaps but they do work out and don't seem overly suspect. He has a lot of pressure from Patterson, who in his efforts to get rid of Gilchrist, even files charges against him. Overall, the case(s) was / were very interesting and the book became a page turner the more I got into the story. The final resolution was satisfying although the ultimate explanations for the actions weren't totally explained, I don't think. But it didn't really take away from the story and ultimately, I enjoyed very much. Now to get #2, Hand for a Hand. (4 stars)

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    What a great book. A great plot that cracks along at a cracking pace with a sympathetic lead in Andy Gilchrist. I have already bought the second book in the series and am looking forward to it with glee. Is something afoot in Scotland? I read Ed James's Ghost in the Machine which was a true joy to read and now I hav discovered Frank Muir's Gilchrist series. Is there something going on in Scotland, should I be checking out any other authors? What a great book. A great plot that cracks along at a cracking pace with a sympathetic lead in Andy Gilchrist. I have already bought the second book in the series and am looking forward to it with glee. Is something afoot in Scotland? I read Ed James's Ghost in the Machine which was a true joy to read and now I hav discovered Frank Muir's Gilchrist series. Is there something going on in Scotland, should I be checking out any other authors?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gaz

    Decidedly average police procedural set in St Andrews. “The Stabber” (so called because he/she stabs people!) is running amok in this small Fife town. I didn’t engage with the story or any of the characters. It was a struggle to finish the book and by the end I couldn’t have cared less who the killer. I doubt I’ll be reading any further books in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Martina

    I am reading this on my nook, but that edition isn't listed. I'm getting into the story and liking this as much as I did Tooth for a tooth. Decided I needed to go back and start at the beginning of the series. Muir is a vivid writer and I'm enjoying the St. Andrews, Scotland setting as well. Definitely will do one of the books with the Mystery Group. Phenomenal read! I really love this series. This is an earlier book than Tooth for a Tooth, but Gilchrist is a wondrous creation and the plot kept m I am reading this on my nook, but that edition isn't listed. I'm getting into the story and liking this as much as I did Tooth for a tooth. Decided I needed to go back and start at the beginning of the series. Muir is a vivid writer and I'm enjoying the St. Andrews, Scotland setting as well. Definitely will do one of the books with the Mystery Group. Phenomenal read! I really love this series. This is an earlier book than Tooth for a Tooth, but Gilchrist is a wondrous creation and the plot kept me reading even though I was visiting a friend! I think it might even be a 5 star read and perhaps I'll change the rating when I've had more time to digest the book. Must get Hand for a Hand to read too!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Does the first in the series always have to be serial killer book? Thankfully it wasn't a killer of women for a change. Add to the mix the creepy POV of the killer as we get a view into the whys of it all. Then add the aggravation of an excellent police officer who for reasons not made clear is frowned upon by his boss and is always under the threat of dismissal. If you can get past all that the story and the characters are wprth reading about. I have the next in the series so I hope my initial Does the first in the series always have to be serial killer book? Thankfully it wasn't a killer of women for a change. Add to the mix the creepy POV of the killer as we get a view into the whys of it all. Then add the aggravation of an excellent police officer who for reasons not made clear is frowned upon by his boss and is always under the threat of dismissal. If you can get past all that the story and the characters are wprth reading about. I have the next in the series so I hope my initial complaints will be only a memory.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Eveleigh

    I loved this book EXCEPT for the graphic descriptions of the 'stalker sex scenes'. If you like Ian Rankin's 'Insp. Rebus' mysteries you will love this book as well...but bring a strong stomach. (5 stars minus 1 star for overly gross descriptions) I loved this book EXCEPT for the graphic descriptions of the 'stalker sex scenes'. If you like Ian Rankin's 'Insp. Rebus' mysteries you will love this book as well...but bring a strong stomach. (5 stars minus 1 star for overly gross descriptions)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Daily

    Much too graphic for me. I'm not really a mystery fan and I found this too easy to figure out who the killer was way before the reveal in the book. I don't remember where this reading suggestion came from, but I won't read any more in this series. Much too graphic for me. I'm not really a mystery fan and I found this too easy to figure out who the killer was way before the reveal in the book. I don't remember where this reading suggestion came from, but I won't read any more in this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Far too graphic and I couldn’t finish it

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anne, Unfinished Woman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As a first of a series this is a creative and compelling story. However, there is a very repulsive thread of sexual behavior in one suspect that is difficult to read. Additionally, the violence to the killing is extreme. So new readers to this author should be aware. DI/DCi Andrew Gilchrist is a flawed and vulnerable police office in more ways than one. His boss wants him out, fired, because he has never liked him. The current serial killer case that is baffling the force, and the fact that Prin As a first of a series this is a creative and compelling story. However, there is a very repulsive thread of sexual behavior in one suspect that is difficult to read. Additionally, the violence to the killing is extreme. So new readers to this author should be aware. DI/DCi Andrew Gilchrist is a flawed and vulnerable police office in more ways than one. His boss wants him out, fired, because he has never liked him. The current serial killer case that is baffling the force, and the fact that Prince William attends school in St. Andrews, combine to raise fears from the community and Royalty, so DCI Mark Patterson calls in DCI Christian Defiore to take over the case from Gilchrist, threatening multiple consequences if he doesn't leave for medical reasons. Gilchrist figures he doesn't have much to lose as Patterson seems to have the ear of ACC McVicar. McVicar on the other hand likes Andy and while he cannot completely refute Patterson, he supports Gilchrist in part. At the same time, Andy faces his loneliness missing his grown children, who have been gone from St. Andrews since his wife Gail left him for another man, six year earlier. His job simply has taken first place from the beginning. But now Gail has only months to live, and he is saddened once again. He connects again with Beth Anderson, who is experiencing menace from an unknown man, who is grossly dirty and repusively sexual. Gilchrist takes the position that maybe the killer is a woman, as the motive seems to be revenge for domestic abuse against men, and Patterson is apparently one of those abusers. He starts looking closely at three women, Lex Garvie, Patsy, and Maggie Hendren. But his DS Preston is also a friend of these women, which is troubling. He literally takes a severe beating following up his hunches. Violent, disgusting is some descriptions, the story is fast and interesting. Gilchrist is a sympathic and fascinating man.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Loving

    I learned two new words. Well, one new word and one new use for a word. Segue used for musical transitions (indeed, the primary definition!), and horripilation (the goosebump/hair raising sensation). It was a gripping story in that I kept reading it to find out if there was anything actually happening, but it was also very sexual-offender-explicit and the plot was somehow simultaneously transparent and opaque. You pretty much knew all the time what was happening, but not really why in any compel I learned two new words. Well, one new word and one new use for a word. Segue used for musical transitions (indeed, the primary definition!), and horripilation (the goosebump/hair raising sensation). It was a gripping story in that I kept reading it to find out if there was anything actually happening, but it was also very sexual-offender-explicit and the plot was somehow simultaneously transparent and opaque. You pretty much knew all the time what was happening, but not really why in any compelling way. The multiple plot lines didn't really ever coalesce into a whole story. It read like a badly written serial cop drama, all effect and no substance. There was no emotional nuance or growth, only a pattern of reduced-impact triggers. Mostly I read it with a vague disgust and confusion about why I was bothering, and the conclusion was as unsatisfying as the rest of the read. Although the story was set in Scotland, there was no charm, and it actually came as a surprise when I realized that's where it was set! And it featured the royal family without any purpose. Honestly, it was a hot mess of components that couldn't find a reason to stay together, not even for the murders.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jim Stennett

    This was a solid five star thriller until the final 30 pages or so. “Real page-turner” that I couldn’t put down, but boy, the climactic scene is a real letdown. I kinda had figured out who was the killer and the “lead detective never communicates with anybody what he’s thinking” trope is getting old as is the “boss hates detective and sabotages his investigations” nonsense. There are actually several issues I could nitpick (no trained experienced officer would pull out a knife in a plunging inju This was a solid five star thriller until the final 30 pages or so. “Real page-turner” that I couldn’t put down, but boy, the climactic scene is a real letdown. I kinda had figured out who was the killer and the “lead detective never communicates with anybody what he’s thinking” trope is getting old as is the “boss hates detective and sabotages his investigations” nonsense. There are actually several issues I could nitpick (no trained experienced officer would pull out a knife in a plunging injury - it just removes the cork!), but this is such a well-written book, I’ll look past them. Fun vacation read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sonia

    It was very good, a page-turner, after a beginning where it seemed it was one of those annoying crime novels where you already know who the murderer is and you only have to wait for the detectives to catch him. The plot is complicated enough with several twists and turns and sub-plots and i hoped there was a more detailed explanations in the end - for instance, i'm not sure i really understood the whole matter about the cats and the photograph. I loved the detective though, i think i'm gong to r It was very good, a page-turner, after a beginning where it seemed it was one of those annoying crime novels where you already know who the murderer is and you only have to wait for the detectives to catch him. The plot is complicated enough with several twists and turns and sub-plots and i hoped there was a more detailed explanations in the end - for instance, i'm not sure i really understood the whole matter about the cats and the photograph. I loved the detective though, i think i'm gong to read more of him in the future.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    *Gritty Thriller* The first instalment of the DI Andy Gilchrist series. This series is set in St Andrews in Scotland. Di Gilchrist is a bit of a free spirit and he has a lot on his plate and is under pressure to solve a murder case. The victims are all male and they have all been stabbed in the left eye. They all had one thing in common they were known wife beaters. As the case goes on the suspect is aka as ‘The Stabber’ Can Di Gilchrist crack the case? Will he lose his position if he doesn’t del *Gritty Thriller* The first instalment of the DI Andy Gilchrist series. This series is set in St Andrews in Scotland. Di Gilchrist is a bit of a free spirit and he has a lot on his plate and is under pressure to solve a murder case. The victims are all male and they have all been stabbed in the left eye. They all had one thing in common they were known wife beaters. As the case goes on the suspect is aka as ‘The Stabber’ Can Di Gilchrist crack the case? Will he lose his position if he doesn’t deliver? Who is behind the murders?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Average and predictable police crime read. Same old clichés of main cop having a failed marriage and miserable life, whilst also only ever being the one who makes all the missing connections in the case. Also, I got bored of how every female character was described in a sexualised way, blabbering on about how fit and attractive they were, and what their nipples looked like. All the males seemed to have erections all the time and were always wanking off.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cockneylen

    Really a 4.5 stars. Picked it at random as the book to read next, got into the storyline(s) really quickly, and found it very easy reading. Felt a bit "here we go again" when the main character's at loggerheads with his boss, but even that plays nicely into the plot. Really enjoyed it, glad I read it, and will follow on with the series. Really a 4.5 stars. Picked it at random as the book to read next, got into the storyline(s) really quickly, and found it very easy reading. Felt a bit "here we go again" when the main character's at loggerheads with his boss, but even that plays nicely into the plot. Really enjoyed it, glad I read it, and will follow on with the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    This was a new series for me. I truly enjoyed DCI Gilchrist and the story was engaging. It also carried with it a true sense of place which always captures me. I felt that the characters were well fleshed out and the novel came to a satisfying end. I'm already on the hunt for the second book in this series. This was a new series for me. I truly enjoyed DCI Gilchrist and the story was engaging. It also carried with it a true sense of place which always captures me. I felt that the characters were well fleshed out and the novel came to a satisfying end. I'm already on the hunt for the second book in this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I really enjoyed this read. There was a lot of twists and turns in this one. There was also two stories going on that kept you on the edge of your seat. The characters were well written and easy to relate to. I would recommend this one and plan on reading more from this author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Herzog

    Very Rebus-like. Gilchrist is a hard boiled detective who has difficulties with his boss. He is investigating a serial killer, but is suspended along the way. The plot takes a couple of interesting turns and, like Rebus, he has more than his share of family problems.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela Oatham

    A great start to the series and I will definitely read on. Nothing spectacularly original but an excellent police procedural and it's not often the crime is solved with cats! Look forward to the next. A great start to the series and I will definitely read on. Nothing spectacularly original but an excellent police procedural and it's not often the crime is solved with cats! Look forward to the next.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alana

    I loved this book! I got through it so quick, it was so easy to follow and I liked that the author tried to throw you off who the killer was with another set of crimes, it makes you think. I got a little lost with characters names at one point but that was only a minor thing, other than that the storyline was amazing and was a really good read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Glyn Evans

    Strong start to a series i hope to read more of, d.i.gilchrist is the main character and has all the requisite baggage in his life. Very good police procedural and engaging characters and a new author for me. So onto the next in the series and make sure you go out and BUY this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nick Wilson

    Excellent story, well written, keeps the identity of the killer right until the end. Really looking forward to reading the next books in the series

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tom Waters

    Outstanding What a good book First time of reading this author but it will not be the last look forward to reading more Great story Tom Waters

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Griffiths

    It flowed, easy reading and I liked the main characters, I will be reading more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    good but quite formulaic police / crime book

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