A heart-stopping crime thriller from the author of three consecutive No. 1 bestsellers, including Birthdays for the Dead and the DI Logan McRae series.
He's back... Eight years ago, 'The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just…disappeared.
Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years. His family has been destroyed, his career is in tatters, and one of Oldcastle's most vicious criminals is making sure he spends the rest of his life in prison. Now a nurse has turned up dead on a patch of waste ground, a plastic doll buried beneath her skin, and it looks as if Ash might finally get a shot at redemption. At earning his freedom. At revenge.
©2014 Stuart MacBride (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"MacBride is the natural heir to the late and much lamented Reginald Hill." (Andrew Taylor, Spectator)
"MacBride is a damned fine writer - no one does dark and gritty like him." (Peter James)
"Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order." (Mark Billingham)
"Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field." (Independent)
"Admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven - or should that be hell?" (Express)
"Ferocious and funny." (Val McDermid)
"Hard-hitting prose with a bone-dry humour and characters you can genuinely believe in, Stuart MacBride's novels are a real treat." (Simon Kernick)
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Hooked me from the first chapter and never let up. Amazingly, I almost read this in one sitting.
Excellent reader, moves seamlessly through various dialogues, male/female voices without overacting. Wonderful with the author's sprinkling of dark humor.
Dunno, but I'd cast Sean Bean as our hero.
This author has almost ruined me for other mystery writers (with a few exceptions). MacBride never settles for stock characters,TV movie dialogue or tiresome plot conventions. On the contrary: his characters are eccentric, the dialogue gritty and true to each character and the plot twists each and every familiar mystery formula into a neat pretzel. Every time I thought I had something figured out, the plot took a turn that gave me whiplash. Ash is King of the Anti-Heroes, very damaged, full of dark impulses but still somehow moral, someone you like and root for. His continuing bond with the fragile, empathy-driven profiler Alice is unique in mystery novels. Again, MacBride's books are not for the squeamish, but so rich and well-written that they leave me wanting more.
A terrific thriller, there was even humour hidden among the blood, gore and twisted minds. Far fetched, certainly and very gritty but highly entertaining and beautifully narrated by Ian Hanmore. I am really looking forward to the next book by Stuart MacBride, hoping to meet up with the same characters again.
I was engrossed in this book from the start although I found some of the characters very harsh and some of the scenes were brutal. I loved the problem solving skills used to untangle the crimes and the way the team each pitched their unique skills to arrive at the truth. The plot reminded me of Ian Rankin with the gloves off, clever, intuitive, gritty and at times funny.
I haven't heard Ian Hanmore before but love his Scottish accent and would like to hear more of him narrating .
At times the book made me laugh but the humour was secondary and almost covert.
I loved this book, it captured my imagination and managed to be both far fetched and totally believable at the same time. The considerable talents of the writer and the narrator
combined to make this a wonderful audio experience.
Will read just about anything. Favourites include Tom Robbins, Umberto Eco, Michael Connelly, Chris Brookmyre, Julian Barnes, James Joyce, Tim Butcher, Barbara Kingsolver, Ettienne van Heerden, Deon Meyer and ....
Beautifully read, very clever. Read Birthdays for the Dead first. Not for the faint hearted. Ash Henderson is one of a kind
I haven't read the printed version. Why bother? The audio version is so great!!
So many memorable moments, it's hard to choose. Probably during the torture scene. Very gritty and difficult to read because it was so realistic.
I really liked Ash Henderson. A great cross between funny and gritty!
Absolutely. It is one of the best murder mystery thrillers that I've read.
Ian Hanmore did a fantastic job. He managed to pull off so many Scottish accents, both male and female. I really liked the understated narrative interspersed with the character voices. I'm a professional narrator myself, so I admire great work! :) I also liked the short sentence style used by Stuart MacBride. It made for easy listening in audible format. Well done on both the story and the narration. I would highly recommend this book!
No, I got tired of the excessive gore, violence and constant conflict between everybody and gave up listening.
First and probably last
No, but though the reading was quite clear and easy to listen to.
Storyline line was interesting, created suspense could be followed but in the end I decided I didn't need to know the outcome.
"Vile crimes, awful language - got to be MacBride!"
Ah I love MacBride! If you've read anything of his before then you'll know what to expect - absolutely monstrous crimes set in Scotland, generally atrocious weather (although he does seem to be perking this up recently) and a lot of dark cop-humour and swearing! I find that MacBride is top of his genre and I never tire of his stories. This is an 'Ash Henderson' novel and whilst I do prefer his 'Logan McRae' series due to a couple of extra amazing characters (DI Steele is pure gold!!) and the fact that there is unrestrained foul language and black comedy in them, something that seems slightly toned down in the Henderson series, I do thoroughly enjoy Ash Henderson and it's nice that MacBride is starting a whole new 'family' of characters to get to know. I can't fault this book or the author, absolutely love it!
"The best narrator for Scottish Novels"
I discovered the Stuart MacBride novels after finishing listening to others narrated by Ian Hanmore. This is a great listen, made even more enjoyable by Mr Hanmores fantastic voices and intonation. The story is gritty, a bit gory but totally enthralling. I want more from these characters, and I want them brought to life by Ian Hamore!
"I enjoyed this but not as much as a Logan McCrae"
This was an excellent story and was well read. There is not as much of the light relief that you get from the characters in the Logan McCrae books. I wonder if our Stuart has been on an NLP course recently?
"Dark and compelling"
I hoped we'd see Ash and Alice again after Birthdays for the Dead, but wasn't sure how.... although this tale stretches credulity sometimes, who cares. Its a really good read, even through all the darkest gut-wrenching bits. As has been said elsewhere, Ash is a real anti-hero, you shouldn't like him but he is so well-written that you understand the demons driving him, and can see past his awful behaviours into his humanity. I thought Alice was better developed too, although still not sure I understand their relationship! Ian Hanmore's performance was excellent, I loved all the characterisations. Excellent book - love both the Logan and Ash series from MacBride.
"It could have been better..."
Yes, because I struggled to follow the events.
Every interaction between Henderson and Sabir (?).
Good, but confusing
For just about the first time since using Audible I thought the audiobook was let down by the performance. The first problem is that Mr Hanmore does not sufficiently distinguish different characters, of which there are many. In a book with long series of conversation without an indication who the speaker is, I found this a substantial source of confusion. The second issue is the actor's way of dealing with grunts and mumbles from gagged characters. I thought this was over the top -- several times I wanted to shout, "stop now!" Related to these issues is what was surely supposed to be background noise (singing) in the home of the child molester, which was performed more loudly than any conversation taking place at the time. Given the darkness of the story, I thought these irritations detracted from the overall experience.
Might have been able to follow the story of it wasn't for the poor Narrative.
Well narrated, great macbride book, gripping and well paced a thoroughly enjoyable book. I would recommend to any fan of crime fiction
"Five stars for Stuart MacBride."
A.really excellent thriller. Kept the mystery right to the end and finished with an excellent round up the outcome of all involved. A definite must read for all lovers of the modern detective genre. The reader of this tale had just the right pitch in his voice that kept your attention to detail. His performance was flawless and with the perfect story line nothing could go wrong. The story was well set out with good narrative.
"Brilliant story made better by fantastic narration"
The headline says it all. I don't normally bother writing reviews but this audiobook was so good I wanted to acknowledge it.
"More bloody brilliant MacBride!"
For this book, yes. The hardback is the size of a breeze block. Also, having someone tell you a story tweaks the imagination that little bit more than the written word.
Stuart MacBride has created a great character in Ash Henderson. He's been through events in his life that would break a lesser man, leaving him hanging in there by the skin of his teeth. He acts as tough as old boots, yet he's vulnerable, and under all that bluff and bluster beats a heart of gold and you can't help but wish him some happiness..and a hug.
Ian Hanmore has a style of reading that is almost hypnotic in it's nature and as such you just cannot stop listening. Each character was so unique, with different accents and different layers to their personalities, yet Ian not only got the measure of them all, he inhabited them, especially Ash. In fact, he IS Ash Henderson. A wonderful reader!!
Yes, and I very nearly did. I was so reluctant to switch off and couldn't wait to get back to it.
You don't NEED to read / listen to Birthdays for the Dead first to understand what's going on in Song for the Dying, but it certainly helps. Ian Hanmore read that too, so double the pleasure.
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