Random by name, random by nature, this debut novel by Glaswegian journalist, Craig Robertson, was a bit of a random purchase. However I’m glad I bought it and read it promptly. This crime “thriller” is told in first person narrative from the point of the killer. Although the cover blurb states “meet a cold killer”, it’s not an insight into the head of a sociopath but a surprisingly easy read.

A passage that had me laughing at loud is something that many a British book swapper (or online seller for that matter) has had to think about, though hopefully not in relation to body parts;

The postage was correct, a tricky matter given the Royal Mail’s introduction of Pricing in Proportion. Anything thicker than 5mm or heavier than 100g has to be in a large letter rather than a letter and is priced accordingly. Anything thicker than 25mm or above 750g has to be classed as a packet. 25mm could take most pinkies quite easily and the weight was clearly not an issue. I posted two clothes pegs to myself as a trial run.

There is some Scottish slang used but it’s not too heavy and I reckon if you can understand the average Scot when they talk to you, you’ll be fine reading this. I’m giving it a near perfect four shiny stars.