Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is assigned to the investigation, codenamed Operation Oedipus, but with the victims too scared to talk, it's going nowhere fast.
When the next victim turns out to be not a newly arrived Eastern European, but Simon McLeod, owner of the Turf n' Track bookies, Logan suddenly finds himself caught up in a world of drug wars, prostitution rings and gun-running courtesy of Aberdeen's oldest and most vicious crime lord.
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Fabulous ! This would have to be THE best crime novel I've come across. Congratulations to Stuart MacBride. Wonderfully rounded, characters written with humour and a gritty understanding, even when they're being vile humans. Some writers seem to forget that even the worst villain likes him/herself a bit... MacBride remembered. D.I. Steel is a knockout character. Loved her!! The violence was brutal, the language chosen for realism and the plot was riveting.
The narration by the author was a magical PERFORMANCE and totally sold the book to me. All in all I resented being dragged away from listening and would recommend it to anyone who likes a tough, fast, real read.
Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.
When I was young man, crime novels were big but being in the UK, the main books I read were set in that country.
UK crime, more specifically Scottish crime has been popularised on TV with Taggart and Rebus. Stuart McBride's dark hero is a detective sergeant, an increasingly popular rank in police series, because everyone knows that policing will fall apart without the backbone of the police NCOs. Furthermore, Mr McBride has made his work more interesting by setting his tales in Aberdeen, a granite city, with granite crims and cops and I can almost smell the fish from the port. Once visited never forgotten, especially the rain.
Logan McRae, troubled detective is a survivor in a pretty primitive police culture, hard drinking smoking men and women bothered occasionally by political correctness. This is the most recent of the series and I wouldn't like to discriminate in any way - they are uniformly (sorry) tough, gritty and very well written examples of the genre. Furthermore, McRae is McRae and not Rebus. Stuart MacBride narrates this novel and does a superb job. I hope I live long enough to read forthcoming instalments of the travails of Logan McRae, his boozy lesbian Inspector, with whom he has a basically symbiotic relationship - they need one another.
There is no doubt in my mind that Stuart MacBride is a top-notch author who deserves to be read and heard.
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.
The humor. Dark Scottish humor, yes, but MacBride gets me to laugh in the weirdest places of his story.
The main character, who keeps trying to do the right thing under awful circumstances.
Usually when an author reads his/her own book it's a disaster, but MacBride is actually an excellent reader despite what you may have read in some other reviews. I have a couple of quibbles with his reading: In the beginning I wanted him to slow down just a bit, and he does make the female gay detective Steele sound like a truck driver, which I thought was over the top. But he settles into a really good stride after the first couple of chapters and does a great job with dialogue and with expressing Logan's thoughts.
In spite of the violence in the book the writer got me to laugh a lot.
Willing to read another. That was fun!
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
And only 3 stars. Well..yes. High 3 though.
It took me a while for my ear to adjust to the Scots. So be warned and listen to the preview. Once you are hooked in, this is a roller coaster of a story being read by the author, so the voice is pretty much as writ.
If you are easily offended by swearing, sadly you are likely to miss the humour and creativity of Mac Bride's descriptive language. This had me mentally picturing the images described and really laughing out loud. The hero is a superhero who somehow manages to survive all limbs intact. It is fast paced and grisly. Rumbling along in the 'background' are crooks and turf wars.
Good story, and full of surprises.
I have already downloaded two other MacBride stories.
I loved this one. and expect I will be wanting more.
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I would love to say the Scottish accent. But the story line just flies along and is gripping. Book 5 it is only the 2nd book of this series I have listened to and it doesn't matter that they are not in order. Top listen!!!!
This band of characters never fails to make me laugh. I really enjoy that. But I have to say that the stereotypical "angry police captain", who berates everyone working for him (DI in this case), regardless of whether the result is actually anyone's fault, really gets tiresome. It's excessive here. On the whole, I did enjoy the book, but the author needs to stray from the formula a bit i think.
I sort of enjoyed the story, but was wondering if all Scots yell as much as the ones in this book.
The angry cop boss stereotype was played constantly. Glad my boss is not one of these angry Scots.
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I enjoyed the earlier books in this series but have been disappointed by the last 2. I gave this one a chance as the author was narrating. DON'T BOTHER!
The story line is now too depressing; the police hierarchy are portrayed as idiots; his direct and previous supervisors cannot speak without yelling; the verbal abuse is nonstop and totally unrealistic - nobody works in that environment!
I have never stopped listening to a book before. My library contains over 350 books - I could not get past 15 minutes of this one.
"Not for the squeamish"
Probably the best yet of the Logan McRae books and read brilliantly by the author. The story is gory, the humour is broad but effective and DI Steel shows her more pathetic side but only on occasion!
"Another good read made better by being unabridged"
I'm still only half way through this latest DS McRae outing but so far it's much better than the others. Why? Because we finally get an unabridged version of one of the books. I've always felt that the other books have been missing something due to being shortened, but here we get the full story as intended (and brilliantly read) by the author. So come on Audible, do us all a favour and obtain the unabridged versions of his other works. They are available, although very expensive, on other media.
Stuart MacBride's DS McRae, although previously described as 'no Rebus' is an excellently drawn character and these books make a cracking listen on a long journey. They really help pass the time. If you like Modern Detective stories then you can't go wrong with this one. A word of warning however - I would advise listening to these novels on order, as there is a lot of character backstory that carries over across the series.
"Brilliant Brilliant Oh did i say brilliant"
Oh why does Stuart not read more of his own books. He is beyond brilliant. The story is hideous and will turn your stomach then have you belly laughing. Oh please i can't hear this it is so horrible, then how has he made this so funny.
I can't actually capture how much I admire the writing. so well researched and so puerile at the same time. Fantastically hate-able characters.
If you like hard hitting cop drama there is no better.
Stuart PLEASE narrate more of your books. You really make a good story.... Brilliant
"A truly "cannot turn off Audiobook""
Stuart Macbride has once again managed to create a "talking picture" that allows the listener to use their head as their own private cinema, a fabulous tale well written.
"A gripping listen"
I sometimes use talking books on my IPOD to help me get to sleep! This was completely impossible with Blind Eye - it completely held my attention, whether through some of the more graphic scenes or through the hilarious character of DI Steel. I love the way Stuart McBride narrates his work - he is very good at illustrating his books in an entirely natural and authentic-sounding way. It's also great to have a main protagonist, in DS Logan McCrae, who isn't the archetypal 'failure as a father, alcoholic loser' of a detective and who is actually likeable! This is the second unabridged Logan McCrae novel I have listened to from Audible and I can't wait for the next!
"Best thing I've read/heard in ages!"
Stuart MacBride's series of books are brilliant. Unpredictable, shocking and exciting. I have enjoyed every one so far. I recommend getting them in order so you can really get to know the likes of Logan, Steel etc.
I really love Stuart MacBride's way of narrating the books. He does all the voices really well and is so funny with it too. Can't wait for his next book to come out!
I really enjoy spending time with these characters. They have real depth and individuality. The way the book is read is fantastic with clearly identifiable voices for each character.
I've just listened to this audio book by Stuart MacBride. What a great listen. It was great to hear the "unabridged" version. As a local lad from Aberdeen, I found Stuart's reading to be very good, obviously getting the local accent/dialect down to a tee. I wasn't sure about the author reading his own work, but i'm glad he did. Is there any chance he could do the same for his other books.
What another great Logan McRae book brilliantly narrated by the writer himself. Completely hooked from the start and finished this in no time! Really getting to know the characters and love Steele - such a horrid character but can't help but like her!
I'm now 3/4 way through the next in the series and it does follow on with the story so should be read in order - only disappointment is that some are still abridged and I don't think they would be the same shortened - correct me if I'm wrong but I'll stick to the full versions!
Please narrate some more of your books Mr McBride - you do an excellent job! Deffo more please!
"Entertainment at high speed!"
A brilliant story from Mr MacBride, as always, but goodness did he rush through it. I thought I'd set my player on double speed. His almost breathless narration very nearly spoiled the experience for me. Very nearly, but not quite. His characterisations were wonderful, Logan as always getting the sharp end of the stick, Steele at her acidic best, and I just wanted to punch Finney in the mouth. The secondary story had me wincing with embarrassment on Logan's behalf and Rennie's 'Sperminator' had me not touching handrails for weeks afterwards. Well done, Stuart. Another winner, but please, slow down next time, eh? My ears can't listen as fast as you read :-D
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