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Tooth for a Tooth: DCI Andy Gilchrist    by T. Frank Muir order for
Tooth for a Tooth
by T. Frank Muir
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Soho, 2013 (2013)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The discovery of a woman's remains in a shallow grave sets off a chain of events that places the career of DCI Andy Gilchrist at risk. The woman turns out to be the former girlfriend of the St. Andrews (Scotland) detective's brother, who was killed in a suspicious hit and run case 35 years ago.

The discovery of a rusted cigarette lighter found at the site seems to suggest the detective's brother may have had something to do with the woman's death. Gilchrist tries to hide the fact and is subsequently suspended on suspicion of tampering with evidence.

Battling his own department, personal demons he had thought were laid to rest and a very lethal adversary who thinks he has committed the perfect crime, Gilchrist tries to solve the mystery of the woman's death while also making sure his deceased brother is not charged with the crime.

Actually, he's dealing with a double homicide here, as you'll discover as you get deeper into the novel.

The third installment of this series set in Scotland, this case gets off the mark a bit slowly due to some of the personal agonizing the central character goes through at the beginning because of the family connection. Fortunately, once we have sifted through the former relationships of the living and the deceased, the focus becomes clearer and the investigation picks up speed.

There are some interesting twists and turns that should satisfy even the most demanding mystery buff and the setting in the birthplace of golf is an added bonus.

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