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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"Another excellent Stuart MacBride book!"
Another fantastic book by Stuart MacBride, funny but compelling. The reading was awesome with all different accents and voices...very clever and entertaining.
"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,
"Not for the fainthearted"
Stuart McBride does gruesome gritty crime really well
Logan McKray, is developing well as a character
I don't think enjoy is quite the thing with these books, maybe some scenes are described 'too well!'
I listened to this over a couple of weeks
I have listened to a lot of McBrides audiobooks, so I must be a fan, but my husband finds them too violent and bloody.
"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.
"Not for me"
just not getting on with the narrator. Listened to about 2hrs and I cant tell you anything about it!
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