From the number-one best-selling author of Shatter the Bones and Birthdays for the Dead, a new crime thriller featuring DS Logan McRae. Detective Inspector Logan McRae is finally getting back on his feet after the events of the last few years. Putting things behind him. Getting better.… But it was never going to last. A body turns up on the outskirts of Aberdeen: burned from the neck up, hands chained behind the back.
More murders follow - all gruesome, and with only one obvious connection. The similarities between the real-life killings and the plot of a best-selling novel about witchcraft seem more than coincidental, but the more Logan digs the more dangerous and blurred the line between fact and fiction becomes. It’s a small step from police officer to victim. And somebody’s got to take it, or everyone will die.
©2013 Stuart MacBride (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field." (Independent)
"MacBride is a damned fine writer - no one does dark and gritty like him." (Peter James)
"Admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven - or should that be hell?" (Express)
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'As I live and fornicate.'
'If we're not getting to see any porn we're going.'
Scratching inside bra, scratching backside, scratching under armpits.
Just some of the utterances and behaviour traits of the HEAD of CID. This woman did nothing and threw all her work at McCrae.
Witnesses, solicitors, and just about everyone else shouted abuse at the detective. ('I TOLD you to have a word with ***, not arrest him, what part of keep it low key did you not understand?': this verbiage was shouted by a member of the public, albeit an ex policeman)
There was appalling interaction between all of the members of the police force, and I doubt any crimes would be solved with the communal attitudes of this crowd of numpties. The Head of CID was the worst, unbelievable and absolutely awful.
I am at chapter 24, and the thought of my making it to the end – more than another 26 to go, are remote.
I am so amazed at the 5star reviews. This is one of the worst books I have come across. Vulgar, violent and thoroughly unpleasant!
"Difficult probably just me"
Given the 5 star rating of this book I expected more had to return it couldn't follow
The characters I felt there was not enough introduction of who they are .
But then maybe I am spoilt bu the writings of Mo Hayder and Michael Rowbotham ....hard to beat
"Close to the Bone"
I gave up with this book. I found the police characters and their methods of operation very unrealistic. The story had potential but overall it didn't work for me.
"crude portrayal of the police"
The portrayal of a senior policewoman as crude, rude and ill-educated. No-on of her rank, for example, would be drawing cartoons of genitalia in a lower rank's notebook!
I hated the way it was written; it was difficult to know who was speaking.
The narrator was OK
An awful book - I will never listen to another by this author.
"OK story, variable performance"
Not sure whether it was badly orchestrated scene changes or the limited repertoire of character voices, but in places, I struggled to get a handle on what was happening. Almost felt like it was more of a film script, rather than a novel, at times - like a change in visuals was the missing ingredient.
Seriously considered "returning" my purchase for much of the first few hours, but decided to stick with it until the end. A decision I'm probably 70% happy with.
"Close to the Bone"
Exciting, humorous, good thriller, some nice originality, would recommend and will be looking at getting another book soon
"Great story, twists and turns and great sarcasm"
Sarcastic, exciting, gripping
I like the isn't play between the characters, and the banter back and forth. I also think the descriptions of Aberdeen are quite funny.
Steve Worlsey is always great. The only reason I put 4 stars rather than 5 is because I have had Stuart mac ride books read by the author and he brings a little more out of the characters (seeing as he invented them), which I suppose is unfair to Steve...
This book made me laugh in several occasions, to funny looks from other people on the bus
Well worth a read!
"Enjoyable listen and very good narration"
This is another in the MacBride Logan McRae books I have listened to and they must be read in order otherwise you will lose the story lines. This one continues on from the last and I am sad that this seems to be the last one available.
Am annoyed some of the books are only available as abridged which I think would lose a bit of the story? Shame as they are the early ones so I'll be keeping my eyes open in the hope they are available - personally I have enjoyed the narration and the sense of being there so to say so not sure if I will buy the paperbacks.
All in all a great series but can be gorey at times!
"Complex and compelling"
Absolutely. It's a great story, with lots going on and an intriguing subject. There are some unexpected twists and turns along the way along with some laugh out loud moments.
When Logan and Rennie meet the equivalent of the 'Stygian witches'. The byplay between the sisters is pretty hilarious, made even more so by their strong teuchter accents.
He understands the characters very well and does all the accents to perfection, conveying the gravity of a serious situation yet able to add the right amount of levity where required.
When it is pointed out by the nurse that 'This is the coma ward', Logan has to face the reality of Samantha's condition.
Living in Aberdeen and knowing all the locations added another dimension to the story.
In the top ten
The way he ends his book, although he tells you the ending, he leaves you in suspense as to whether his ending is the correct one or is it a loose ends tied up but not actually the real answer, It leaves you wondering....
The end where you have to decide on the answer
It was an emotional book as terrible things happened to the victims and it makes you wonder what has happened to make the crimal act in this way.
I am now reading all his books in the order they were written, I cant stop reading them,
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