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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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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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • NJ, United States
  • 07-29-10

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • jeanne
  • WASHINGTON, DC, United States
  • 06-13-15

Abridged so who knows?

Huge holes in this, plus you can't really enter into the story since so much is missing. Deeply disappointing! I love Stuart macbride so I'm sure the book is excellent. Just avoid this crap version.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Love Logan

I've read a few of the other books in the series but it was great to listen to the first one and learn little things, like why he is called Lazarus- favourite part.

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  • Claire
  • United States
  • 11-13-16

Smash hit!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Without doubt! Another great book from Stuart Macbride!

What did you like best about this story?

I love the real life humor that Stuart interjects into the lives of the characters, which was masterfully narrated by John Sessions. The turns of phrases are just hilarious at times, even though the story involves grizzly murders.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were too many favorite scenes to pick just one, but I enjoyed the briefings with DCI Inch.

Any additional comments?

John Sessions performed the characters in the book so well. What a treat when books are cast so perfectly!

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Compelling action. Wonderfully written.

My wife and I couldn't stop listening until story was done. Excellent writing and loved the performance. We are hooked and will be downloading the whole series.

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Excellent detective novel

This was a compelling, fast moving story. As a native Aberdonian, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I particularly enjoyed the fact that it was set in areas I was familiar with in Aberdeen. I would have given the narrator a full 5 stars, had he not pronounced rowies and Marischal Steet wrongly. Otherwise everything was very good.

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  • Martin
  • 07-03-07

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

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  • Barbara
  • 06-08-16

Gripping

At the stat I thought it would be too gruesome for me as child or animal cruelty is a subject I avoid. But Stuart Mac Brides tale expertly narrated but the smooth voice of John Sessions gently took the listener from one vile, wicked find and quickly showed us where there was a crack in the plot where DC Logan could find hope and move the story forward.
I am looking forward to listening to his other books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • BlueQuill
  • 09-29-14

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.

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  • Caroline
  • 06-23-13

Great Listen

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

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  • Steven
  • 02-01-10

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.

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  • David
  • 11-16-07

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.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-26-16

brilliant

Great story,characters are brilliant and wonderfully read by John Sessions. Will definitely listen read more. Highly recommended

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  • Julie from Romford Essex
  • 05-12-16

gripping could stop

Well narrated the storyline got you hooked right to the end. Excellent thrilling great read

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  • Darkangel
  • 03-20-16

the first logan macrae story

why oh why are the first few books abridged? and good though John sessions is the author has him beat just listen to the later books. this is the genisis of the macrae world and we are given glimpses of the treasure to come.

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  • Eileen
  • 03-17-16

Good but quite gritty

Very good story bit graphic in some details, but likeable police characters and very well read.

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  • Hailey Eadndel
  • 03-07-17

Wish it was longer

Went with this one as it was the only version available but I wish it was the unabridged one. Lots is story missed out and didn't get the proper character introductions or back story (I've read the book so am aware of the missing bits). Aside from that it's fun (for a police book about dead children that it) and the narrator did a great job. Stuart MacBride writes as Scottish people talk so it was great to hear it as he intended.

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  • carol
  • 11-28-16

Dark but brilliant

The story was gripping - the characters well crafted and the the whole brilliantly narrated. Thoroughly recommend Stuart MacBride.

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  • Lee
  • 06-20-16

Volume adjustment

Unfortunately the sound of the voices was up and down, disappointed with the volume adjustment