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Publisher's Summary

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!!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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  • Anne
  • Elsternwick, Australia
  • 03-26-18

I LOVE Stuart MacBride

Having only recently discovered this author and having listened to the Logan McRae series from beginning to current release, Stuart MacBride might just be my new fave author.

And DI/DCI/DS Roberta Steel - how could you not love her!!

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Childish, comic book, dialogue does not help weak storyline

I have listened to a number of Stuart Mac bride books, and this one does not measure up. The storyline is very predictable and it’s made worked by ridiculous dialogue, comic book sound effects and name calling.

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10-1/2 hours that go by MUCH too fast!

This book is total carnival of wacky entertaining characters, quirky situations, hilarious descriptions, AND a good storyline. I love Stuart Mac Bride's writing so much, I'd happily read his grocery list! Can't wait for the next book.

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Great team !

Stuart MacBride writes the stories and Steve Worsley narrates them. Worth listening to at least once a year.

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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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  • Val McWilliam
  • 11-04-17

Bloody fabulous

Another triumph by Stuart MacBride,
Colourful characters, laugh out loud humour and wonderfully dark undertones. Beautifully read by Steve Worsley as usual. Do not hesitate, buy it now!

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  • Brian
  • 11-18-17

Robert gets her own book... yippee.

Very Good story especially if you know the characters history. I like the introduction of some new sweary words. Roll on Roberta.

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  • Simon
  • 11-03-17

Fudge Flavoured Wombles in Tartan Noir

The odd thing is that I didn't give this book the best chance because I was in a foul mood when I started listening to it. Half an hour later my troubles were forgotten. This is a gloriously entertaining piece of Tartan Noir from Stuart McBride featuring a lead character who feels like a genuine force of nature.

Readers of the Logan MCrae series will well remember the rather unfortunate Detective Inspector Roberta Steel who was thrown under the bus, discredited and demoted to Detective Sergeant. Steel is every bit of Scottish Detective curmudgeon, irreverence, anti-establishment sentiment and downright rudeness ever written all piled into one big bitter pile of spite. It's a brilliant and darkly humorous move that bundles all that and a strong desire for justice up into a horny married lesbian copper responsible for two young daughters.

She crashes about with the best of intentions dragging poor Tufty her partner with her intio scrape after scrape. The humour is constant though possibly a little juvenile for some.The thing that I love most about McBride is the writing style. The narrative gives even rooms and inanimate objects character. I think it's probably the first time I've ever actually felt sympathy for an interrogation room. The dialogue is brisk and has that almost Pulp Fiction nuance of not being afraid to go off on a tangent, just like people do.

All this chaos and depth needs a good performance. Steve Worsley is a great fit! Maybe his ladies don't sound the most feminine but he launches himself into the whole thing with gusto and certainly gives the impression he's enjoying this particular script.

This really is a book I would thoroughly recommend. The story and characters made me both laugh and excited. I mean it when I use the term noir above though, this isn't for the super-sensitive or the politically correct. It really does describe some very tough situations but the humanity of the characters shines through and the scene where Roberta declares that she was *trying* to be nice made me laugh out loud but showed she has a heart in there.

An extremely good use of a credit with the fudge-flavoured wombles a bonus!

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  • 12-05-17

All delicious loveliness.

Where does Now We Are Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there.

Any additional comments?

If you like Stuart MacBride you'll love this. If you don't, well try electro-therapy or something. Another gorgeous jolly romp from an author who get's better.

No Lazarus this time, it's all about Steel, and what's not to love about her. I did once try to join the police (too blind) but I suspect I would have never have met folk like these, but you can actually imagine a lot of the action could happen in similar outrageous ways.

Look, as said, if you like MacBride you know what he's about and will enjoy this 'instalment' of Police Scotland's finest. You've probably got it already, or will anyway, so why am I wasting my time telling you to?

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  • Diane H. Smith
  • 11-16-17

The best yet!

The latest and best in my opinion. I hesitated before buying this since it’s a Roberta Steel rather than Logan MacRae centred book but I shouldn’t have worried. Hilarious and filthy it kept me listening from start to finish. Keep writing Mr MacBride. Your readers need you!

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  • tina book
  • 12-15-17

Very disappointed

Poor story poor reader just not
Very good shame really was looking forward to it

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  • Jackie
  • 11-05-17

Brilliant brilliant brilliant

Made me laugh out loud and a thumping good story again Stuart McBride has proved he is the master of crime

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  • jacqueline bain
  • 11-03-17

Loved it. That woman is brilliant!!!

A spin off from the McRae series. This includes old history from these books but still lets an excellent not story with loads of humour, pathos and Steele carrying it all off. Noise to get a more rounded view of he. A laugh out load, fast paced unput downable book. Guid Scots humour, guid Scots accents. Braw

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  • Mary E. Minty
  • 07-19-18

best book

it was so absorbing and very funny with a lot of sad and serious issues being played out at the same time. Please more of Roberta stories I've read and enjoyed them all, this takes nothing away from the Logan McRae books which are also wonderfully enjoyable

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  • alan
  • 07-16-18

Not The Author’s best work !

Too drawn out with no flow - having liked several other Stuart McBride books this was really disappointing !

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  • Lauren
  • 01-06-18

Funny!

I’m new to MacBride and was pleasantly surprised to laugh out loud so often during a crime novel. Much owing to the great timing of Worsley’s delivery. Not your typical characters either, nicely rounded without laboring the point. Only downside was that the crime plot formula was predictable, but it was made up for by the writing. I recommend it!

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  • Janette Gorman
  • 11-30-17

Steel steals the show

I was a bit dubious as to how I would I enjoy this book without Logan in it.

Simple answer. Just as much as all of his other books. The storyline keeps you interested the whole way through.

I have to say the scene in the school gym had me laughing , poor bugger.

Great narration as always by Steve Worsley . I will be looking for more titles narrated by him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-24-17

MacBride Magic!!

I love Roberta Steel!! Steve Worsley = bloody brilliant! Or should I say, Spank-tastic!!!

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  • georgia
  • 11-12-17

5 stars for Stuart MacBride

Another amazing book from Stuart Macbride
Excellent performance
Highly recommend to listeners and lovers of crime fiction

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  • DeetsC
  • 11-08-17

love Mcbride!

entertaining as ever, love the lack of pretense and rough ready coppers. roberta rocks !

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  • Angela
  • 11-06-17

Another Winner

Good story, plenty of humour and all delivered perfectly by Steve Worsley who manages to bring every character to life. I attracted a few strange looks from passing motorists because I was alone in my car laughing until I cried at some of the dialogue. Cannot wait for the next MacBride offering.