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Publisher's Summary

It starts with a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks, in the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS Logan MacRae it's a bad start to another bad day. Only a few short months ago, he was the golden boy of Grampian police. But one botched raid later, he's palmed off on a DI everyone knows is a jinx, waiting for the axe to fall with all the other rejects in the "Screw-up Squad".

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Stupendous Sequel

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

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Cover your ears!

I could not listen to this audiobook! The narration was terrible!! Please go back to the original narrator that carried the first book easily along until the last words were spoken!

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  • Herdis
  • Jordrup, Denmark
  • 09-14-16

Too bad it's abridged

I have listened to Dying Light for the ?th time - and I love it. I am only sorry, that it is the abridged version. Wondering what I am missing.

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  • jeanne
  • WASHINGTON, DC, United States
  • 06-18-15

Abridged ruined it

Love Stuart macbride but they butchered this by abridging it. Really confusing! Will buy print version.
Don't waste time on this audio.

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The most awful people!

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.

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  • Helen
  • springs, South Africa
  • 03-28-12

this was my 1st audible book. I enjoyed so much

If you could sum up Dying Light in three words, what would they be?

Kept me listening

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes,the narration was brilliant

Which scene was your favorite?

all brilliant

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to download another book, I find audible books are better than reading.

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Murder mystery with unexpected humour

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.

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

Excellent, funny, quite violent

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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  • Val McWilliam
  • 11-17-14

Dreadful narration

Would you listen to Dying Light again? Why?

love the story but will probably read the book again rather than listen

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of John Sessions?

Steve Worsley or Stuart himself, narration was terrible

Any additional comments?

would love an unabridged version read by Steve Worsley

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  • ChrisH
  • 05-22-17

2nd book in the series

this is the second book in the series I have listen to and like the first it was a good story well tead

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  • Mark
  • 03-03-17

Gritty crime at its grungy best

Great story and brilliant narration with wonderful dialogue laugh out loud filthy black humour so well worth a read. The only negative - I would have loved a full unabridged version.

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  • Elizabeth Wood
  • 06-26-15

Great story from the Granite City!

I am really enjoying this series of books. The characters are great and I love that they are set in the granite city....not far from home. Lots going on in the stories and I am ready for the next one!

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  • L. BETTLES
  • 05-30-15

Amazing!!!!

This is the authors second book I have downloaded and he has amazed me again with his fallow sense humour. I love the charectors they are so believable and you do end up caring about macea and what happens to him in and out of work I do hop audible bring all the novels so fans of macbride can read at lesuire,. The narration was great loved all the voices!

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  • Janelle
  • 08-29-15

Like having a "1 inch thick T Bone steak.


Meaty, delicious and tasty till the last. Great characters, well written and loads of fun and Gore. Enjoy with a glass of something alcoholic.

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