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Aberdeen's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves mutilated victims to be discovered on building sites - eyes gouged out and the sockets burned.

Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is assigned to the investigation, codenamed Operation Oedipus, but with the victims too scared to talk, it's going nowhere fast.

When the next victim turns out to be not a newly arrived Eastern European, but Simon McLeod, owner of the Turf n' Track bookies, Logan suddenly finds himself caught up in a world of drug wars, prostitution rings and gun-running courtesy of Aberdeen's oldest and most vicious crime lord.

©2009 HarperCollins Publishers; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Lesley
  • West Kempsey, Australia
  • 08-24-09

Blindingly Fast & Furious

Fabulous ! This would have to be THE best crime novel I've come across. Congratulations to Stuart MacBride. Wonderfully rounded, characters written with humour and a gritty understanding, even when they're being vile humans. Some writers seem to forget that even the worst villain likes him/herself a bit... MacBride remembered. D.I. Steel is a knockout character. Loved her!! The violence was brutal, the language chosen for realism and the plot was riveting.
The narration by the author was a magical PERFORMANCE and totally sold the book to me. All in all I resented being dragged away from listening and would recommend it to anyone who likes a tough, fast, real read.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Crime addicts take note!

When I was young man, crime novels were big but being in the UK, the main books I read were set in that country.

UK crime, more specifically Scottish crime has been popularised on TV with Taggart and Rebus. Stuart McBride's dark hero is a detective sergeant, an increasingly popular rank in police series, because everyone knows that policing will fall apart without the backbone of the police NCOs. Furthermore, Mr McBride has made his work more interesting by setting his tales in Aberdeen, a granite city, with granite crims and cops and I can almost smell the fish from the port. Once visited never forgotten, especially the rain.

Logan McRae, troubled detective is a survivor in a pretty primitive police culture, hard drinking smoking men and women bothered occasionally by political correctness. This is the most recent of the series and I wouldn't like to discriminate in any way - they are uniformly (sorry) tough, gritty and very well written examples of the genre. Furthermore, McRae is McRae and not Rebus. Stuart MacBride narrates this novel and does a superb job. I hope I live long enough to read forthcoming instalments of the travails of Logan McRae, his boozy lesbian Inspector, with whom he has a basically symbiotic relationship - they need one another.

There is no doubt in my mind that Stuart MacBride is a top-notch author who deserves to be read and heard.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Solidly entertaining

What did you love best about Blind Eye?

The humor. Dark Scottish humor, yes, but MacBride gets me to laugh in the weirdest places of his story.

What did you like best about this story?

The main character, who keeps trying to do the right thing under awful circumstances.

What does Stuart MacBride bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Usually when an author reads his/her own book it's a disaster, but MacBride is actually an excellent reader despite what you may have read in some other reviews. I have a couple of quibbles with his reading: In the beginning I wanted him to slow down just a bit, and he does make the female gay detective Steele sound like a truck driver, which I thought was over the top. But he settles into a really good stride after the first couple of chapters and does a great job with dialogue and with expressing Logan's thoughts.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

In spite of the violence in the book the writer got me to laugh a lot.

Any additional comments?

Willing to read another. That was fun!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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What a welcome surprise, Stuart MacBride is!

And only 3 stars. Well..yes. High 3 though.
It took me a while for my ear to adjust to the Scots. So be warned and listen to the preview. Once you are hooked in, this is a roller coaster of a story being read by the author, so the voice is pretty much as writ.
If you are easily offended by swearing, sadly you are likely to miss the humour and creativity of Mac Bride's descriptive language. This had me mentally picturing the images described and really laughing out loud. The hero is a superhero who somehow manages to survive all limbs intact. It is fast paced and grisly. Rumbling along in the 'background' are crooks and turf wars.
Good story, and full of surprises.
I have already downloaded two other MacBride stories.
I loved this one. and expect I will be wanting more.

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 05-07-16

Good Police Procedural Book

The fifth installment in Stuart MacBride's acclaimed DS Logan McRae series takes us once more into the dark heart of Aberdeen, although this time we're looking through the sticky lens of a sweltering summer, rather than the rain-smashed freezing winters of previous books. And while the cannibalistic serial killer of Flesh House is thankfully in the rear-view mirror, McRae and the rest of his Grampian police colleagues are still struggling with the after-effects.

And then they're faced with something perhaps even more gruesome.

The city's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves behind horrifically mutilated victims. Not dead, but perhaps wishing they were - their eyes have been gouged out and the sockets burned.

With the victims too scared to talk, McRae has an investigation going nowhere.
Then things get even worse - well-known bookie Simon McLeod becomes the latest victim, and McRae is swept up into the world of Aberdeen's most vicious crime lord - a world of drug wars, hardcore porn, prostitution rings and gun-running. As if that wasn't enough, McRae must also fend off the maternal needs of DI Steel, his hard-living lesbian boss.

MacBride's crime writing is high quality and well worth a read by those not worried about weak stomachs. Fans of Mo Hayder, Mark Billingham or Paul Cleave will love his mixture of dark crime and dark humour.

Blind Eye is packed with ferocious action, an engrossing story-line and crackling dialogue. One of the most enjoyable aspects is the realistic portrayal of group dynamics the interactions between McRae and his police colleagues are full of colourful language, ribbing and shared histories.

Stuart MacBride was great with the delivery of the story

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Best series I've read in ages!!!

This is only book 5, and I'm already freaked out about running out of this series! The characters are so funny & engaging, the plots so well done, the descriptions so clever - each book is just a fabulous ride!

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Still a great series!

So very good! I do love this series.

It takes a lot to make a pedophile sympathetic but MacBride did it. And I love the dark humor.

I was initially unhappy that the author was narrating this but, after a very short while, I never even noticed. He did a great job.

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MacBride should not narrate his own books

I am a big fan of Stuart MacBride. This is not actually a critique of the book as I just started it. It's about the narration. This is the first of the Logan McRae series which isn't narrated by Steve Worsley, and I didn't notice the change when I bought it. Worsley's dry delivery, command of accents, and well paced delivery, suit MacBride to a T. MacBride's own voice does not.


While MacBride is better than a number of professional narrators I've heard, it's really affecting my enjoyment of this book. His version of the irascible DI Steele, as well as Logan's superior officer nemesis (in this book Finney), is just grating. He rushes the narration (I've actually had to slow it down), is too emotional, and it always sounds like he has an excess of saliva in his mouth. He also doesn't seem to understand how to convey someone speaking loudly without actually yelling in one's ear.


Because I like the series, I will continue. Unfortunately, to do so I will have to put up with MacBride in Book 6, too. Why oh why do authors make this mistake??? Neil Gaiman is one of the few authors whose narration of his own works I can count on.

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BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

What did you love best about Blind Eye?

I would love to say the Scottish accent. But the story line just flies along and is gripping. Book 5 it is only the 2nd book of this series I have listened to and it doesn't matter that they are not in order. Top listen!!!!

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Morbidly fun

Vicious cerebral comedic expertly read. Quite entertaining.
Shades of Mckinty. Really glad I tried McBride. You will be too! Read it!

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  • Grumpy Trucker
  • 05-10-09

Another good read made better by being unabridged

I'm still only half way through this latest DS McRae outing but so far it's much better than the others. Why? Because we finally get an unabridged version of one of the books. I've always felt that the other books have been missing something due to being shortened, but here we get the full story as intended (and brilliantly read) by the author. So come on Audible, do us all a favour and obtain the unabridged versions of his other works. They are available, although very expensive, on other media.

Stuart MacBride's DS McRae, although previously described as 'no Rebus' is an excellently drawn character and these books make a cracking listen on a long journey. They really help pass the time. If you like Modern Detective stories then you can't go wrong with this one. A word of warning however - I would advise listening to these novels on order, as there is a lot of character backstory that carries over across the series.

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  • BlueQuill
  • 09-29-14

Entertainment at high speed!

A brilliant story from Mr MacBride, as always, but goodness did he rush through it. I thought I'd set my player on double speed. His almost breathless narration very nearly spoiled the experience for me. Very nearly, but not quite. His characterisations were wonderful, Logan as always getting the sharp end of the stick, Steele at her acidic best, and I just wanted to punch Finney in the mouth. The secondary story had me wincing with embarrassment on Logan's behalf and Rennie's 'Sperminator' had me not touching handrails for weeks afterwards. Well done, Stuart. Another winner, but please, slow down next time, eh? My ears can't listen as fast as you read :-D

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jill Besterman
  • 05-26-10

Not for the squeamish

Probably the best yet of the Logan McRae books and read brilliantly by the author. The story is gory, the humour is broad but effective and DI Steel shows her more pathetic side but only on occasion!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda R
  • 10-23-17

Stick to your day job

I’ve really enjoyed the first two books of this series and hoped for more of the same. Unfortunately this book is read by the author and whilst he is a brilliant writer he cannot narrate at all. Book was rendered unlistenable let alone enjoyable. All I thought when I finished the book was I hope he’s not reading the next one or I’m looking for a new author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Gavingks
  • 02-13-13

Brilliant Brilliant Oh did i say brilliant

Oh why does Stuart not read more of his own books. He is beyond brilliant. The story is hideous and will turn your stomach then have you belly laughing. Oh please i can't hear this it is so horrible, then how has he made this so funny.

I can't actually capture how much I admire the writing. so well researched and so puerile at the same time. Fantastically hate-able characters.

If you like hard hitting cop drama there is no better.

Stuart PLEASE narrate more of your books. You really make a good story.... Brilliant

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • pennyh
  • 11-18-10

A gripping listen

I sometimes use talking books on my IPOD to help me get to sleep! This was completely impossible with Blind Eye - it completely held my attention, whether through some of the more graphic scenes or through the hilarious character of DI Steel. I love the way Stuart McBride narrates his work - he is very good at illustrating his books in an entirely natural and authentic-sounding way. It's also great to have a main protagonist, in DS Logan McCrae, who isn't the archetypal 'failure as a father, alcoholic loser' of a detective and who is actually likeable! This is the second unabridged Logan McCrae novel I have listened to from Audible and I can't wait for the next!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Charlotte
  • 07-04-10

Best thing I've read/heard in ages!

Stuart MacBride's series of books are brilliant. Unpredictable, shocking and exciting. I have enjoyed every one so far. I recommend getting them in order so you can really get to know the likes of Logan, Steel etc.

I really love Stuart MacBride's way of narrating the books. He does all the voices really well and is so funny with it too. Can't wait for his next book to come out!

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  • CN
  • 10-27-09

brilliantly read

I really enjoy spending time with these characters. They have real depth and individuality. The way the book is read is fantastic with clearly identifiable voices for each character.

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  • Graham
  • 06-19-09

Aberdeen's finest

I've just listened to this audio book by Stuart MacBride. What a great listen. It was great to hear the "unabridged" version. As a local lad from Aberdeen, I found Stuart's reading to be very good, obviously getting the local accent/dialect down to a tee. I wasn't sure about the author reading his own work, but i'm glad he did. Is there any chance he could do the same for his other books.

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  • needles
  • 09-20-17

Bring back Steve Worsley as the Narrator

Found, just a bit to much shouting from the main characters, which becomes annoying after a while. Steve Worsley makes it easier on the ear. Otherwise the story is great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff White
  • 11-30-17

great story though complex

loved the book and the characters just get better. book read rather quickly I thought though so lost atmosphere at times.

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  • Col Gorman
  • 09-27-17

Just as good

I was a bit sceptical going into this book due to the change of narrator but quickly became use to Stuart’s narration A solid effort and great job by him.

Storyline was full of twists and turns that keep you interested

Poor old Logan can’t catch a break and I killed myself laughing at inspector Steels last few scenes in this book. Well played 😀😀