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)
Very poor descriptive narrative, other than the blood and guts. Will never buy anything by this author again.
Too much dialogue that respects not have any other purpose than to be funny, where cops whining over savings or officers, as their only purpose seems to be to bring the jokes.
McBride is actually good at writing such conversations. But when this continues indefinitely but will be wearing this. Ceases to function as comic relief, and gets a bit silly
5 stars, and more if was possible
The plot, the basic idea had all that a book of this genre needs. A bit more editing and it would have been a great book, not just OK
I loved this book - my favourite Logan McRae so far. It had me hooked. Stuart MacBride is totally into his stride with some of his best description yet. I don't care that it's far-fetched because it's a great listen and the narrator has his north-east accents down to a T. I may be biased as I'm originally from Aberdeen. Perhaps this is my guilty pleasure!
"Another good listen"
A good laugh and a good listen. Always awaiting the next Logan McCrae instalment. A different kind of crime novel, but I love it
"Excellent tartan noir"
I've read several of the Stuart Mcbride novels, but this is my first audio version, and I must say the reading enhanced the experience. Steve Worsley's narration is excellent and adds to the story, he is especially good at regional Scottish accents.
I thought this story was well written and well paced, and the characters continue to develop and mature, although Inspector Steel is possibly becoming even more of a caricature than in previous novels. Great plot, one or two nice twists, kept me interested to the end. I would recommend reading these in the right order as otherwise some things will be inexplicable.
"STUART M KEEPS US GUESSING"
It is quite unusual for excellent plots to combined with in-depth characterisation. Stuart Macbride manages both with great style.
DI Steele is one of the great grotesques of literature - I love her! The interactions between her and poor Logan are laugh-out-loud, and getting even more sadistic. Not to mention bio-hazard Bob.
Not wishing to give the plot away - Stuart keeps that cliff hanging. No way we can NOT buy the next book.
Good narrator, but not as good as when Stuart reads his own books.
"Another great read/listen!"
I really enjoyed this book, I'm a great McRae fan, and I thought it was well read. The characters are very convincing - I'm a forensic psychologist, and I know Aberdeen so the book was a real connection for me. The best reading of a Stuart MacBride audio-book was done by John Sessions, whose various accents were superb but Steve Worsley comes a close second.
"He just gets better"
Really enjoyed the book and have listened to it 3 times. Great characters and patter What's next for Logan and Steel? Cant wait for the next installment.
"Logan McRae is..."
...great fun to listen to - he's a gem when it comes to detective novels - I've loved them all, this is no exception...
"Laugh out loud humour"
I dont know if this book was supposed to be so funny, but it made me laugh out loud on many occassions. An enjoyable listen!
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,
"Fantastic. ... . Gripping.... Funny"
As with the review title... Fantastic... . Gripping.. . Funny
I loved the characters, the banter between them was brilliant.
He adds a whole new level of atmosphere and brings the characters, especially Steele, to life.
Definitely, would find myself driving the long way home just to hear more
One of the most enjoyable books in my considerable audible library, utterly gripping with some genuine laugh out loud moments
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