Logan's not going to take it lying down. He's determined to escape DI Steel and her unconventional methods, and the best way to do that is to crack the case in double-quick time. But Rosie Williams won't be the only one making an unscheduled trip to the morgue. Across the city six people are burning to death in a petrol-soaked squat, the doors and windows screwed shut from the outside. And despite Logan's best efforts, it's not long before another prostitute turns up on the slab.
Stuart MacBride's characteristic grittiness, gallows humour and lively characterisation are on full display here, confirming his status as the rising star of crime fiction.
©2006 Stuart MacBride; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK
"The story is violent and bloody; some of the crimes are vicious, and MacBride doesn't hold back on the details. But there is plenty of dark humour, and a warmth to the portrayal of the police officers which lightens an otherwise grim tale by this very talented writer." (Sunday Telegraph)
The second book in the Logan McRae series is Riviting and Gruesome.Completely unputdownable. Other Crime writers say they are green with envy. You too will agree. Stuart MacBride is the true to life best crime writer to come along in a long time.You really can’t compare him to anyone. He is a stand alone star! What a way with words. Definatly "the seamy side of life"in old Aberdeen. The narrator is so good, you are completely absorb in these books.Sessions with his oh so Scottish accent, puts the frosting on the cake!Why oh why are they not Unabridged?
Can't wait for the third one 'Broken Skin'.Roll on MacBride and Sessions
I have read three books now by MacBride. They are very funny and the narration is wonderful BUT....they are filled with the most unlikable bunch of people. The police, the suspects and the general population of Aberdeen come across as the most violent, mean and just nasty group of people around. There is always some of this in any detective series (and I have read Rankin, Macdermid, La Plante just to name some) but this was just too much. The actual police work remains so so and I always feel like they solve the crimes (which are very very violent) practically be mistake. If you want to try them, I'd go for the abridged versions. I may listen to a few more if I can't find anything else because the performance is so great but there are much better detective novels out there.
Kept me listening
yes,the narration was brilliant
I can't wait to download another book, I find audible books are better than reading.
I will be repeating this entire series of Logan McRae novels, the characters are brilliant, funny and brought to life by the excellent narration of John Sessions. The humour was unexpected in subject matter like murder and child abduction but I found myself laughing out loud frequently. I was pleased to see the return of DI Steele, sh is my favourite detective of all. Story lines are gripping right to the end, I can't wait for the next installment.
After listening to "Dying light" (my first by this author), i went right on to this book. On the up side, it was just as interesting and the characters were, if anything, funnier and more peculiar than before. I thoroughly enjoyed them. The downside is a small thing, but i felt that the violence got to be a bit much at one point. And i'm not opposed to violence in novels (or movies), i just thought it went a bit overboard. Regardless, i'll definitely be continuing to follow this band of characters Thay're just too much fun. Also, once again, i thought the narration was perfect.
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