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Blind Eye: Logan McRae, Book 5 | [Stuart MacBride]

Blind Eye: Logan McRae, Book 5

Aberdeen's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves mutilated victims to be discovered on building sites - eyes gouged out and the sockets burned. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Aberdeen's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves mutilated victims to be discovered on building sites - eyes gouged out and the sockets burned.

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.

©2009 HarperCollins Publishers; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Lesley West Kempsey, Australia 08-24-09
    Lesley West Kempsey, Australia 08-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Blindingly Fast & Furious"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Howrah, Australia 01-09-12
    Christopher Howrah, Australia 01-09-12 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "Crime addicts take note!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Galadriel 09-05-13
    Galadriel 09-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Solidly entertaining"
    What did you love best about Blind Eye?

    The humor. Dark Scottish humor, yes, but MacBride gets me to laugh in the weirdest places of his story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character, who keeps trying to do the right thing under awful circumstances.


    What does Stuart MacBride bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In spite of the violence in the book the writer got me to laugh a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Willing to read another. That was fun!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy BUCKETTY, Australia 05-25-11
    Sandy BUCKETTY, Australia 05-25-11 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "What a welcome surprise, Stuart MacBride is!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 04-30-12
    John NJ, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable, funny as always, a bit formulaic tho"

    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.

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    Scott Kingston, WA, United States 04-30-11
    Scott Kingston, WA, United States 04-30-11 Member Since 2004
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    "ANGRY SCOTTISH DCIs"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna & Jack Sydney, Australia 04-30-13
    Donna & Jack Sydney, Australia 04-30-13 Member Since 2005

    Donna chooses all the books for our library and writes the reviews

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    "Dont waste your money or time!"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ian
    Bolton, Gtr Manchester, United Kingdom
    5/10/09
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    "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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Jill Besterman
    Jersey, Channel Islands United Kingdom
    5/26/10
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    "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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    2/13/13
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G. Myers
    London, United Kingdom
    2/1/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Penelope
    CHARD, United Kingdom
    11/18/10
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte
    Cardiff, South Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    7/4/10
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    Southminster, Essex, United Kingdom
    10/27/09
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    "brilliantly read"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    Aberdeen, Grampian, United Kingdom
    6/19/09
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    "Aberdeen's finest"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    Kinross, Kinross-shire, United Kingdom
    3/27/11
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    "My favourite yet."

    I started with Shatter the Bones and then went back to the beginning of the series. Mr MacBride as reader is genius. You need to tune into his sense of humour and having some knowledge of the north east would be an advantage. At times I'd wince at the graphic horror and then be laughing at Logan's droll commentary. MacBride does a brilliant teuchter accent as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marian
    Ireland
    12/13/13
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    "Good stuff"
    Where does Blind Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. Good story that kept my interest.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blind Eye?

    When the inspectors wife found out about the paedophile staying with them


    What does Stuart MacBride bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He gave each character a real personality


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the girls were refused ivf on the nhs


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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