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Product Details

  • Series: A DCI Andy Gilchrist Investigation (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616951818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616951818
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,460,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Hand for a Hand

"Gilchrist is no shining knight but a complex and troubled man struggling with his own shortcomings. Readers should look forward to seeing more of this earnest detective."
—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

“Muir's imagery is characteristic of the hard-boiled but his subtexts are Calvinism laid bare. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series.”
—Carol E. Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Every golfer’s nightmares include water hazards and sand traps, but none can compare with what lies in the Road Hole bunker at the revered St. Andrews course in Scotland: a severed human hand clutching a note.... Fans of police-procedural thrillers can hope that more will be available soon.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

"This new series snaps to life on the first page and refuses to let up until the end. T. Frank Muir is all about breakneck narrative thrills and he’s skilled at it."
—Mystery Scene Magazine

"Hand For A Hand” gives a whole new meaning to wicked slice."
—Dennis McCann, Wisconsin Golfer Magazine

"The story is thrilling. It is easy to get your heart caught in your throat as you read this mystery."
—I Love a Mystery

“Muir has a knack for twists and turns.... The combination of tension, emotional distress, and gore make this a great introduction [to the Andy Gilchrist series].”
—Out of the Gutter

“If you're a fan of British police procedurals, I recommend that you read Hand for a Hand.”
—Kittling Books

"Hand for Hand is a worthy introduction to a promising series."
—Book Chase


Praise for the Andy Gilchrist Series


“Everything I look for in a crime novel.”
—Louise Welsh
 
“A tense, fast-paced crime novel."
Scottish Review of Books

"The completely unexpected plot twists and the simple humanity of the characters have you hooked."
Scots Magazine

"The suspense never wavers."
—Clarissa Dickson Wright

"An edgy, emotive thriller that winds up the tension to an edge-of-the-cliff climax."
—Caro Ramsay

About the Author

Born in Glasgow, Frank Muir was plagued from a young age with the urge to see more of the world than the rain sodden slopes of the Campsie Fells. Thirty-plus years of living and working overseas helped him appreciate the raw beauty of his home country. Now a dual US/UK citizen, Frank makes his home in the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland, from where he visits St. Andrews regularly to research in the town’s many pubs and restaurants.

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Customer Reviews

One those rare works that you can't put down.
HRM
If you're a fan of British police procedurals, I recommend that you read Hand for a Hand.
Cathy G. Cole
The characters are well thought out and the plot is very deep.
Nigel Barton

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G. Cole TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Line: Tam Dunn watched the golf ball take a hard kick left and slip into the infamous Road Hole Bunker, a sandy-bottomed pothole that fronted the seventeenth green.

What Tam Dunn finds at the bottom of the Road Hole Bunker gets Detective Chief Inspector Andy Gilchrist out to the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland on the double. A dismembered hand is lying in the sand, clutching a one word note addressed to Gilchrist himself. All the note says is Murder, but Gilchrist knows immediately that his nightmare has begun: a killer has him in the crosshairs.

The seasoned veteran is no novice to solving murders, but this one comes at a particularly bad time. His ex-wife is dying, his son's girlfriend is missing, his boss insists on pairing him with a detective whom he has good reason to hate.... But when it rains, it pours, because this one hand is merely the beginning of a parade of body parts-- all bearing messages for Gilchrist.

When I began reading this book, I have to admit that Gilchrist was the type of character I don't care for. He drinks to excess; he has no time for his family; and he falls into a very inappropriate relationship. But as the murder investigation progressed, DCI Andy Gilchrist started to grow on me. He's the type of detective who works on a combination of hard work and intuition. When his intuition helps him decipher the meaning of the cryptic messages found with the body parts, he knows he has very little time to solve the case because someone very dear to him will die if he doesn't put every molecule of his knowledge and strength into finding the killer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth C. Mahieu on January 1, 2013
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There is an error in a description on this Amazon page above. Eye for an Eye is the first book in this series. This is significant because this is a series that should be read in order. "Hand for a Hand" is the second book in this series, the next is "Tooth for a Tooth". Once again, the protagonist is Andy Gilchrist, Detective Inspector in the small but famous St. Andrews of British Open fame. This series by the way has nothing to do with golf but the courses at St. Andrews do serve as back drop for the story. The story is all about vengeance and the lengths that people will go to to get even. As opposed to the first book which had an abundance of dead bodies, H4H is rife with clues - anatomical parts, notes, and even poetry - all clues. It is not long before the first clue pops up - any guesses as to what it might be ? Anyway, Andy and partner Nance are off to the races, with frequent stops at nearby pubs. As with the first story, the characters are interesting though a few of the bad guys might be a tad overdone, the tension runs high, there are many detours into Andy's personal life and relationships, including a new one. All together a book I recommend. I will note two minor disappointments however. The clues thing was way too much. (Do bad guys even leave clues on purpose anymore?) And again Andy is trying to save a damsel in distress in the closing pages. Hopefully that will not be the climax of the next one. Looking forward to T4T.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Wardell on October 7, 2013
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If you like British detectives, this guy is really worth a read. Thoroughly enjoyed, will look for another by this author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sabu on January 21, 2013
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If you enjoyed the first book of this wonderful British detective series, AN EYE FOR AN EYE, then you'll certainly enjoy this second in the series more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashland Mystery on December 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A hand found on a golf course in St. Andrews, Scotland - I wasn't sure about this, not liking golf in any form (sorry), but kept reading and wasn't disappointed.

DI Gilchrist is called in for the hand, and all of the subsequent body parts that sicken Gilchrist and the reader with the impending, no doubt horrific ending. Because Gilchrist is targeted, the killer is reaching out directly to Gilchrist, egging him on, taunting him, laughing meanly with a diabolical series of puzzle messages. And the killer has Gilchrist's daughter.

Lots of layers in Muir's work that make for a fast and fascinating read. Where's he been all this time?

Hand for a Hand is Muir's first US release and the third DI Gilchrist mystery, the earlier two (Eye for an Eye and Tooth for a Tooth) only available in the UK. Thanks Soho Crime for picking up yet another excellent writer and bringing him to the US market. I love your acquisitions editor!!

--Ashland Mystery
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Sattler on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Hand for a Hand is author T. Frank Muir's introduction to North American readers. The book is part of a crime series that also introduces Scottish DCI Andy Gilchrist, a seasoned homicide investigator faced with a case that will force him to revisit a personal history he would prefer to forget.

From early in the investigation, two things are clear to Andy Gilchrist. The killer dumping a female body part every twenty-four hours has a thing for the Old Course in St. Andrews - and he is personally challenging Andy to stop him. Andy's life, whether he knows it or not, begins to unravel on the morning that a woman's amputated hand is discovered in the Road Hole Bunker approaching the golf course's seventeenth green. The fingers of that dismembered hand hold a one-word note with a rather obvious message: "Murder." More chillingly, the note is addressed directly to Andy Gilchrist.

Despite each day's delivery of a new body part and one-word message, Andy and his team are slow to make much progress toward identifying the killer. Andy, however, knows some things he is reluctant to share with anyone else - the killer has hinted at his next victim, Andy believes he knows exactly who that intended victim is, and the investigation has become his personal race against the clock.

As in the best of crime fiction, Hand for a Hand includes several interesting side-stories and back plots. In fact, one of the more intriguing characters in the book, an old nemesis of Andy's, shares a particularly painful episode in both men's past that will jarringly impact their hunt for the St. Andrew killer. Muir reveals details of that incident but, especially considering that two other books in the series have already been published in the U.K.
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