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
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!
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.
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.
Avid reader and audiobook listener; I love paranormal lit, mysteries, historical fiction, romance, Brit-crime novels and thrillers.
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.
"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.
"Great story, poor performance"
It was a great story, gritty, touching, down and dirty, dealing with real issues without sugar coating them.
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.
No. He was rubbish. Very stilted in his narration and he got his pronunciations wrong.
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.
Great story and well narrated.
Shorter than normal crime books and couldn't wait top download the next book in the series
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.
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.
"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.
Throughly enjoyed this storey, really well read. Will read or listen to more of his book
"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.
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.
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!
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