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Death Parts Us by Alex Walters
‘The story moves along at a steady pace as the reader is taken on a journey with many twists and turns. As the adrenaline starts to flow and the pieces begin to slot together we approach a dramatic conclusion that is totally unexpected.’
Twenty years ago, Jackie Galloway was a senior cop with a bad reputation. Then he ended up on the wrong side of the wrong people, and his career was ruined. Sacked and with no pension, he ends up eking out his last days on Scotland’s Black Isle, his mind lost to dementia, supported only by his long-suffering wife, Bridie.
Then Galloway is found dead. The police assume the death to be accidental, until Bridie Galloway reveals that her husband has been receiving apparently threatening letters containing only the phrase: ‘NOT FORGOTTEN. NOT FORGIVEN.’
DI Alec McKay is struggling to come to terms with life without his estranged wife Chrissie, and is living in isolation on the Black Isle. As a junior officer, McKay had been allocated to Galloway’s team and has bad memories of the man and his methods. Now he finds himself investigating Galloway’s death.
But when suspicion falls on him and more police officers are murdered, the pressure is on for McKay to solve the case.
Why would the killer seek revenge twenty years after Galloway left the force?
As McKay fights to link the events of past and present, he realizes that time is rapidly running out…
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
20 years after being kicked out of the Police Force Jackie Galloway is in the latter stages of dementia when he dies. His long suffering wife finds him at the bottom of a steep drop at the end of the garden. Did he fall? Why would a man who rarely moves decide to take a walk in the garden? Why would someone decide to commit murder 20 years after the event? So many questions and very few clues Alec McKay is flummoxed.
As more retired officers from the same era meet their deaths the team is struggling to find a way to fit all the pieces together. When McKay is the last person to see and speak with a victim he is removed from active duty leaving the team even shorter staffed than normal.
When Alec and Ginny appear to be in the murderer’s sights things start to hot up as the search to stop the killing is stepped up.
The story moves along at a steady pace as the reader is taken on a journey with many twists and turns. As the adrenaline starts to flow and the pieces begin to slot together we approach a dramatic conclusion that is totally unexpected.
This is my second outing with Alec McKay. He is a very realistic character damaged by family tragedy he is struggling with his personal life and when his career appears to be under threat his choices are go under or fight back. The latter always being the action of the detective we know and love.
Ginny comes more into her own in this story as her personal life becomes entangled with the case in ways nobody expected. She makes a good partner for Alec as they both have totally different personalities that combine to make a very effective team.
I loved this book it lacked the blood and gore I like and found it a little slow going in places but overall a very good read
Alex Walters is the author of the DI Alec McKay series set in Scotland’s Black Isle—Candles and Roses and Death Parts Us. He has also written three books set in and around Manchester—Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, and Late Checkout, which introduced DCI Kenny Murrain. As Michael Walters, he also published three crime novels set in modern-day Mongolia, The Shadow Walker, The Adversary and The Outcast, which are currently being reprinted in new reedited Alex Walters editions. Alex has previously worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and now, alongside his writing, runs a consultancy working mainly in the criminal justice sector with police, prisons and probation. After many years in Manchester he’s in the process of moving to the Highlands with his wife, occasional sons and too many cats.