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This is a story of Solomon (aka Sol or Gray) Gray's investigation of 4 deaths. He is an emotionally messed up British D.S. all of, an unlikeable person. He is also a dedicated & insightful detective who uses his job to escape work on improving himself. The ploy used to make Sol a sympathetic character is the same one used in another modern detective series. That fact also detracted from this tale; a bit of been-there-done-that. The story bounced around between the present, 10 yrs ago when a major life event happened & 5 yrs in between. The timing of the bouncing lacked flow & apparent reason.
The story focused on 4 deaths, in total (they happened throughout the tale) along with a major event in Gray's past. Most of the story centers on Gray's investigation of the 4 deaths. There were some interesting work dynamics that intermittently created a bit of temporary interest just as the relationship between Sol & Tanya, the owner of his local cafe. They didn't engage until the story was more than half over, & engaged to a limited degree even then. But none of the other side characters added much to the story. Interestingly most of the characters were not described physically or, if so, minimally. I found that refreshing at least.
The guilty were hidden well. But it all wrapped up a bit too neatly except for Sol's reason for his private misery. That continues in the 2nd book in the series. Finally, the narrator was fine and made a mediocre tale more bearable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. DS Solomon Grey is a complex character with years of emotional baggage which he carries around with him.
As a result of this he comes across as a dour, irascible character who is not really liked by many of his colleagues.
Despite all this, Keith’s excellent writing style makes you want the best for Sol as he endeavours to solve the case of a young, apparent suicide victim.
At the end of a book, there is teaser, which leads you to believe there will be more to come from Solomon Grey!