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Cold Granite: Logan McRae, Book 1 | [Stuart MacBride]

Cold Granite: Logan McRae, Book 1

It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Four-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch - strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. There's a killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood. If that wasn't enough, Logan also has to contend with a new boss, DI Insch, who doesn't suffer fools gladly and thinks everyone's a fool.
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Publisher's Summary

It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Four-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch - strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. There's a killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood. If that wasn't enough, Logan also has to contend with a new boss, DI Insch, who doesn't suffer fools gladly and thinks everyone's a fool, and his own ex-girlfriend, the beautiful but chilly Isobel MacAlister, who also happens to be the chief pathologist. The only good news is WPC "Ball Breaker" Watson, Logan's new guardian angel.

The dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die. If Logan isn't careful, he's going to end up joining them.

Set in Aberdeen, where the rainy season lasts all year, criminal gangs vie for supremacy on the streets, and the oil industry brings an influx of wealth and vice, this is a gritty, powerful debut thriller by a writer with a wonderfully observant eye and a characteristically Scottish sense of gallows humour.

©2005 Stuart MacBride; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

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    A. J. McConachie So.Calif. 02-12-07
    A. J. McConachie So.Calif. 02-12-07

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    "Excellent! Stuart MacBride! Fantastic"

    Grisly gruesome ghastly kidnappings & murders in The Granite City, of Aberdeen Scotland. Lots of twist and turns. The Narration is superb! You won’t put this one down until the spine tingling end!
    More! More! More!
    UNABRIDGED PLEASE.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 07-29-10
    John NJ, United States 07-29-10 Member Since 2007
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    "gritty, human, great fun"

    The characters are real people, who make mistakes, but keep trying. And the best part is, they are genuinely funny along the way. This is the first book i've listened to by this author, and have to say i thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is quite good, but it's really the odd cast of characters and their dialog that seemed so refreshing and interesting to me. The narration was excellent as well. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. Harvey Hungry Bay, Paget Bermuda 11-08-07
    S. Harvey Hungry Bay, Paget Bermuda 11-08-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Outstanding"

    Great book and marvelous narration. The plot is intricate and satisfying. The characters are credible and gritty. I was delighted to come across a new author, or new to me, whose writing has an authentic British flavour and whose characters seem to live on the page.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-05-11
    Martha Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader and audiobook listener; I love paranormal lit, mysteries, historical fiction, romance, Brit-crime novels and thrillers.

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    "Abridgment Doesn't Make A Difference"

    I love, love, love Stuart MacBride. This book is the first in the Logan MacRae series and, since I found it, I am now hooked! MacBride is a terrifically entertaining author; one of the best I have read. Until I found him, Nelson Demille was my favorite author in this genre. It's nice to have found another great one!
    John Sessions performs this rather than just reading it. You can tell that he is a very good actor and really puts a lot of effort into his portrayals of the characters.
    If you like detective fiction, with some dark humor thrown in, you will enjoy this book and the whole Logan MacRae series. And if you are not familiar with British slang you may want to brush up before reading this author.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Martin
    Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    7/3/07
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    "Not For The Aberdeen Tourist Authority"

    Fantastic listen, the narration is excellent, the tale forces you to think but the humour breaks up what could be a very dark and disturbing story. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    6/23/13
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    "Great Listen"

    Great story and well narrated.
    Shorter than normal crime books and couldn't wait top download the next book in the series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Sheerness, Kent, United Kingdom
    2/1/10
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    "Sessions session"

    Just a quick note to say that I think John Sessions was masterful in his reading, pronunciation and acting and made this book, that I have already read in paperback, even more accessible and enjoyable. It's just a shame that it was an abridged version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Montrose, Angus, United Kingdom
    11/16/07
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    "Excellent story."

    If you don`t mind grapic descriptions of situations and objects then this is a must for you. Having lived and worked in and around Aberdeen for many years, I found the accuracy of this tale spot on. On occasion the language is, to say the least, a bit strong, but reflects the working class dialect accurately. Please can someone tell John Sessions, good as he is, that Marischal Street and Portlethen are not pronounced as he says them, but he does get the dialect and other pronounciation as close to the real thing as possible. Full of great characters from the word go, this volume is a must for any serious crime thriller reader. Very highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BlueQuill
    Scotland
    9/29/14
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    "Great story, poor performance"
    What did you like most about Cold Granite?

    It was a great story, gritty, touching, down and dirty, dealing with real issues without sugar coating them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always Logan McRae. He's a hard done by cop with a heart of gold who has a lot to put up with without it driving him crazy.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Sessions’s performances?

    No. He was rubbish. Very stilted in his narration and he got his pronunciations wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    Abridging a book is never a good idea. There is so much of the story missing and having read the paperback I know what those parts are and they were crucial to the story. If a narrator is being paid by the hour to read a story cutting the story to meet a budget makes for a shoddy job. If cost is an issue at the expense of the story, get a less well known name to do the reading and keep the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
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    "V. well read, great characters - but disturbing"

    I'm in two minds about this book because I think that Stuart McBride crosses a boundary in the detailed descriptions of the bodies that are encountered. When I buy a work of fiction I am looking to be entertained, and in that context I would say that McBride has hit a high in the characterisation and story - but hit an apalling low in his vivid descriptions of dead bodies and post mortems. I definitely wouldn't buy the paperback after listening to this - I don't want to risk finding out that anything worse was omitted from the audiobook.
    Put it this way - I am an enthusiastic fan of Christopher Brookmyre, who uses gore and violence in abundance but within story context and like an artist. Stuart McBride's use of the same is anchored so firmly in reality that it is disturbing and, I think, probably incompatible with the concept of entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Lawford, Essex, United Kingdom
    1/8/09
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    "Good Listen"

    Throughly enjoyed this storey, really well read. Will read or listen to more of his book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kurt
    Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
    9/23/07
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    "A bit hard to follow"

    Some books don't convey to audio as well as others and I think this was one of them. I found it difficult to follow the plot and the narration was a bit too dramatic for my taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amy G
    4/24/14
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    "Smashing listen!"
    What about John Sessions’s performance did you like?

    The narrators voice is a pleasure to listen to! It can sometimes be difficult to move from one Scottish accent to another bur John Session does it flawlessly.


    Any additional comments?

    Personally, the grittier the story the better for me but I can see how some reviewers found the storyline particularly distressful. I thought MacBride's narrative did nothing but enhance the story and I for one an't wait to start the next instalment featuring Logan!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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