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Publisher's Summary

Stuart MacBride's number one best-selling crime series opens with this award-winning debut.

DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets.

Winter in Aberdeen: murder, mayhem and terrible weather...

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. Three-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch: strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he's only the first. There's a serial killer stalking the Granite City, and the local media are baying for blood.

Soon 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. And if Logan isn't careful, he could end up joining them.

©2006 Stuart MacBride (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Story -- But NOT For The Faint Of Heart!

If you like the writing style of Tony Parsons' DC Wolfe series starting with, The Murder Bag, or John Verdon's Dave Gurney's novels starting with, Think of a Number, then this will probably be a book you enjoy. However, if you like a story without the gruesome descriptions painted in vivid detail then skip this read. The narration by Worsley is top notch. His tone, pitch, emotion and voice ranges makes the story even better. The quality of the recording is professional.

The character development is written well and sets up the series. The story is fairly complex and left me wondering & trying to guess whats happenes next. At times, I guessed correctly but still enjoyed how the author led me there. The character interaction and dialog has a wide range of emotions.

Without spoilers, skip this if you're looking for an action-packed read, or a police procedural without the vivid descriptions of events and characters you're made to hate and detest.

I rated the story four stars because the gore is more than necessary, but the quality of the narration is a solid five star. I will definitely be listening to the next MacBride book and will listen to anything by Worsley.

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Just too grisly

Couldn't finish. The gory details in the autopsy room were just too much and IMO gratuitous. Too bad because I was interested in the plot and the characters.

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Violence and children don’t mix.

I’ve read a few books in the Logan McRae series and enjoyed them so much I ordered several more at the same time. Unfortunately I didn’t take time to read the subject matter. For me children and violence don’t mix. I skipped chapter after chapter because I just couldn’t listen. Usually I’m not squeamish but this book went too far. I’ll read other books in the series but this one wasn’t for me.

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Predictable

When I can spot flaws in the police procedures and their approach then the author is sloppy in some way. I don't think the author gave the readers enough credit for basic smarts in solving a crime. I also didn't love how weak Logan seemed to be as a character. I like to get connected and invested in the characters so I want to see what they do next. This makes me want to skip to a later novel and see if the author's writing gets better.

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I liked this one

Intelligent, chock full of interesting characters who "look like cast of Deliverance" as they bear up under winter's rain, snow, wind and cold. The bits of humor wing through when one least expects them. Listen closely, the author entertains from first page to last. And the setting is Scotland. So interesting.

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Good plot, but....

This book has a terrific plot but if dark and gory bothers you don’t read it. Does the sun never shine in Aberdeen Scotland!

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Very Good But Grisly

Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Granite to be better than the print version?

Yes. The Scottish accents add to the sense of place.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked everything; the setting, the characters, and the mystery.

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

I like hearing the accents native to the setting of a book. Also, the narrator did a good job of making different characters sound different.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It has several parts that are VERY grisly and it's a fairly long audio book.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book. But, I hope the author tones down his extreme descriptions of violence in the other books.

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Excellent book!

I loved everything about this book and can't wait to start book 2. Highly recommend!

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Good debut police procedural but be forewarned.

I am of mixed minds about this book. On the one hand, the prose is good, and I liked getting to know Logan McRae. He is a good detective who places the welfare of the community above his own. He doesn't care for the politics of the police hierarchy, who find reasons to come down on him. The mystery is acceptably treated as a suspenseful police procedural. Although I have patience with this genre, the book dragged along with silly, rather childish romantic asides. Nor do I have to know what each meal consisted of. It could easily have been 25% shorter without loss.

However, the main reason I have mixed feelings is that it describes the killing of children in gory detail. The author does not have to convince me that a killer of 3- and 4-year old children is mentally ill, and, while he may want me to know the extent of the mutilation, he need not have characters dwell on it.

Another shortcoming is that, even though police do not normally carry guns, at least twice, Logan left his office without backup and without any weapons to drive to a place which he anticipated might be dangerous. As often as not, he suffered from life-threatening altercations as a result.

Steve Worsley reads the book well and give different voices to the characters. He even manages female voices pretty well.

As the debut volume by this author (back in 2005), I certainly recognize that he shows promise, and I may try him again. However, if future volumes in this series are similar to this one, I think I'll take a pass and opt for a cozy mystery. Those readers who like thrillers and don't mind horror (another genre I avoid) will no doubt have a contrary opinion.

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Excellent !

Yes, its a police procedural but its one of the best I have listened to. Up there with McKintey.

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  • Sandra
  • 06-21-17

Brilliant

Brilliant story,humorous and entertaining. Well read.
Great writer,enjoyed every twist and turn. Looking forward to reading other books by this author.

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  • S
  • 07-03-17

Brilliant

loved it characters really well described kept wanting to go on .
in fact lost sleep over listening to it !
lots of puzzles to work through

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  • Sal
  • 07-30-17

A little bit predictable

Toward the end, I was ready for this book to be over. I worked it out and began to find it a bit long-winded. But that said, for some reason I have already listened to Blind Eye, which is another Logan Mc Rae from further ahead in the series and had enjoyed it. So now that the series is becoming available from the beginning I had to go there. I prefer to read in order and this one puts some of the background in place.

As has previously been mentioned, the plot line includes children on the receiving end of mis-doings so there are some discomforts and you might not want to put this one on in the kitchen whilst preparing dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets. The F word features too.

But this is a great book. Undemanding, straightforward crime thriller. Easy to follow. Satisfying ending. I've just downloaded the next one.

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  • Rachel
  • 06-20-17

Finally! The unabridged edition arrives!!!

I don't listen to unabridged Audible recordings. If I'm going to listen to a story, I want to hear the whole story, not what an editor decides I should hear. I love the Logan McRae series and have listened to all except the abridged recordings. Stuart MacBride and the Logan McRae series is too good to miss a moment. Please Mr. MacBride, keep them coming!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • S. M. Walker
  • 07-04-17

A good listen

I really enjoyed the narrator. Book was good although a little slow in places am looking forward to hearing the next in the series

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  • Bluelesley
  • 08-06-17

Cold Granite

Really enjoyed listening to this audio, great story and good characters. The reader was also very good at portraying the different characters. Will be continuing with the next in the series.

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  • Lee
  • 07-31-17

Cold Granite

I read the paperback when it first came out and I wanted to listen to the following novels so decided to remind myself of the plot and Lazarus Logan. Therefore I knew that the book contained graphic gory details and child abuse. It is dark and some descriptive passages are gritty.

I found the book itself to be slow burner with many plots and subplots which all tied up nicely at the end.

On the whole I found myself really not caring about some of the characters and I had to go back a chapter or two when my mind wandered. I also found the repetition of some phrases to be annoying and distracting.

Coming from Aberdeen I recognised all the places mentioned- I've a sneaking suspicion that's why I read the book in the first place - and the weather was described accurately. Pity we don't get snow like that any more!

Would I read the rest now after becoming aquatinted with Logan again? Don't know, I think I've a lot more gripping edge of seat stuff waiting to be read in my library So I may wait till I've read them first.

The narrator did his best and I enjoyed the odd bit of 'Doric' thrown in and yes I would listen to him again.

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  • Ray Timmins
  • 07-27-17

usual excellent standard from this author

Stuart Mcbride delivers again , a story of twists and turns backed by superb narration

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  • lizzie
  • 07-23-17

Not one for the squeamish

Where does Cold Granite rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A good storyline if, for me, a bit spoiled by the language used

What did you like best about this story?

A gritty story with characters who are fallible and believable

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

Laughter and tears are to be found within this story

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  • JPH
  • 11-27-17

Another Good Author to add to my list.

Another good author to add to my list. Gripping story with some twist and turns. The subject is a bit upsetting but unfortunately is becoming all too familiar nowadays. The characters are believable and well described. Despite the dark subject there are some humerous parts. The story was a little slow in places and I did find my mind wondering off a few times and then had to rewind when something relevant happened. The narrator was good and brought the characters to life. I look forward to listening to the next in the series. Recommended.

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  • Sonya
  • 03-07-18

Absolutely brilliant!

Ive read a lot of detective novels but this was i have to say brilliant.
The narrator was great the plot fantastic hard to put down fantastic intwined with the authors great sense of humour which had me laughing out loud several times.
I highly reccommend this book to others who like crime novels and i look forwards to the next in the series.
A truly great read .... errr listen.

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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 02-14-18

Gruesome, sad, disturbing, laugh out loud bits too

Logan, what a brilliant man Mr MacBride has dragged into my world. Believable (just!) characters, extremely distressing in parts, tearful moments along with laugh out loud moments, all wrapped up in a cracker of a book that spat me out at the end bedraggled and wanting more, (maybe with just a few less gruesome, grim and wretched bits in it)
Steve Worsley's narration is magic, his voices brought the characters to life. Great job Mr Worsley.

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  • Lauren
  • 01-08-18

Excessive gore

If reading about decomposing sexually abused toddlers is your thing, then this is your book. MacBride lingered over the gore almost as if he was reveling in it. An interesting move for the first in the series. Logan swung between ‘hero cop’ and rather thick for the whole book. All that being said, I listened to the whole story and will listen to the next. There is the potential for good character development and the story is engaging. Just hoping the next won’t be quite so macabre.

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  • Ross
  • 01-02-18

Engrossing

The characters were all introduced very well and you were drawn into a very good story. Well written and narrated.

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  • Jeff White
  • 09-20-17

great twisting story thoroughly enjoyable.

well written. I will be listening to the rest of the series. can't wait

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  • Col Gorman
  • 08-25-17

New series

I stumbled across this book and I am glad I did.

Well written with lots of twists and turns , relationships forming between the characters and some messy crime scenes. Loved it.

Great narration by Steve Worsley . The accents are really bearable and he brings life to the characters.

Onto the next one. Great job.
Cheers