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Now We Are Dead

By: Stuart MacBride
Narrated by: Steve Worsley
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She can't prove he did it. But she might die trying....

From the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of the Logan McRae series comes a stand-alone spin-off featuring DS Roberta Steel

Revenge is a dangerous thing....

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good.

The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy. Perhaps she could try solving a few instead of harassing an innocent man?

Steel knows Wallace is guilty. And the longer he gets away with it, the more women will suffer. The question is: how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him?

©2017 Stuart MacBride (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Dark and gripping. A riveting page-turner." ( Independent on Sunday)
"MacBride is a damned fine writer." (Peter James)
"A satisfyingly compelling thriller." ( Sunday Mirror)

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Another MacBride gem!!!

Stuart MacBride is on my very short list of favorite authors that includes the likes of Adrian McKinty, Tana French, and Stuart Neville. His iconic hero, Logan MacCrea, deserves a novel’s length time off after what he’s been through, but holy mother of pearl, I miss him. Thank God for this trip back to his world of characters, this time the charge being led by the indomitable and hilarious Roberta Steele. The plot is vintage MacBride, but for me the real treat is his use of language and drive-off-the-road humor. “Everyone should have someone to love . . . To trust . . . Someone that doesn’t need shearing three times a year . . . “
What a breath of fresh air after searching through so many tedious, formulaic “thrillers.” All hail his beardiness!!!

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Delightful read, wicked sense of humour.

Great production beginning to end. Wonderful narration and would be hard to go wrong with the material provided. The characters are wonderful. I have read or listened to all of MacBride’s books and it is interesting to see life from Steele’s perspective. I laughed out loud and uncontrollably more times during this book ..... not sure if it is a good thing or very, very scary to share MacBride’s sense of humour. Great book can’t wait for the next installment

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THE GUY CAN WRITE!

I have been a 'Crime Reader' for decades. My wife is a Superior Court Judge in the criminal division after slaving for 26 years as a Public Defender. She came out of a top five law school but, as a "principled" human, she shunned corporate (read $) insouciance in order to see that folks were getting a 'fair deal' (as far as that is possible in this Zoo we call the American Culture (sic). My dinner conversations over the decades have painted a broad, clear vision of American Justice (sic) as distributed by the USA.
MacBride, through his, at times, brutal depictions and loamy language, spins it like no other. "Dirty Wash Cloths" like Baldacci and his ilk are essentially Cartoonists, not crime writers, and their formulaic tripe disgusts me.
This guy, Craig Johnson, was off to a reasonable start, but he, too, sank into the bowels of repetitive nonsense. Euro writers of note are vastly superior; Philip Kerr being a good example of a group too large to fit in here.
What is so terrifyingly obvious is that Americans are DEVOID of ANY CULTURAL IDENTITY as expressed through their popular writers.
Truck them somewhere, lured by the promise of some of their vapid awards, and shoot them all! Alas, they likely only have one 'honest' book in them (their ensembles penned by others), so eliminating them will only ratchet up their myriad pretenders to squeeze out more crap in their "honor" (sic).

We are in SERIOUS TROUBLE!

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Roberta gets her own book!

Really good story about Roberta Steele and her new team. There are some laugh out loud funny bits. Roberta can be maddening at times but she's a good cop. I miss Logan but this is her story.

And this includes one of the best lines ever about fake news.

Excellent narration! Waiting somewhat patiently for the next book.

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chocolate chocolate!

The best ! I love the character of Roberta Stone. She says what we all think.

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Great ride with Roberta Steele

Roberta Steele is the most wonderful horrible police officer in fiction. The story was quick moving and engaging - and not predictable. Steve Worsley’s performance was brilliant as always.

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"The man can write!' Ditto that!

Thoroughly enjoyed it! I've listened to several of the books in this series, and have to laugh at my increasing vocabulary of the "faul" and hilariously "dirty" exchanges between the police force. "Roberta" having been honored with the largest vocabulary. My first language is German, then American English, some Spanish, and now learning a whole new kind of lingo. I also love the idea of "words of the day" to substitute for others word play games amongst the DC, C, etc. This author has such a huge arsenal of words and expressions for different scenarios, one never gets bored. The cast of characters is neverendingly entertaining. Mostly they seem rude and mean to each other, but when the chips.are down, watch out, or the bad guys may end up with a chunk missing somewhere. In the midst of all of the abuse + violence is also compassion and kindness. Number one item of the daily diet is beer and whiskey, then "chips" (fries), and "beans", and so on. It's a miracle.that anyone lives past 30. :) They'd laugh you out of the pub if you mention "gluten-free". The narrator is absolutely amazing and perfect for this author's books! Love listening to him. On to another installment.
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Santa Fe, NM

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Meh

Never have I so disliked a protagonist. The lead, Robert a Steele, was a lout who did virtually nothing of consequence until the final scene where... well, I can't say, but she didn't really succeed so much as others failed.

No thanks.

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Ridiculous ending

It was good right up until the end. Even fun comedic police procedurals need some sense of reality. Abracadabra the good guys win.

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Roberta

I love her. She is so funny and such an important, vivid character. She STEALS the show.

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