A new Logan McRae thriller from the bestselling author of 'Cold Granite', set to rival Ian Rankin. It's summertime in the Granite city: the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and people are dying! It starts with Rosie Williams, a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks -- the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS ...
A new Logan McRae thriller from the bestselling author of 'Cold Granite', set to rival Ian Rankin. It's summertime in the Granite city: the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and people are dying! It starts with Rosie Williams, a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks -- the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS Logan McRae 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 characterization make this his second unputdownable novel, confirming his status as the rising star of crime fiction.
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I love Scotland! So what could be better than a Scottish Detective! When I find an author who is new to me, that piques my interest, my quest begins. I purchased both of MacBride's novels at the same time based on a review I found while perusing on Amazon.uk.com. The reviewer said MacBride would not dissappoint, and he surely did not! I like to get all of the books with repeating lead characters so when I finish one I can pick up the next...you can really get into the people and the places. European police procedures, language and politics are so different from us Yanks. Although there are only two present novels, DCI Logan McRae is a character I thoroughly enjoy. He is as complex as the mysteries he solves - his thought process is unique - he agonizes to get out of the goof up squad and his new boss leaves a lot to be desired. Still he pushes himself to put the pieces of the gruesome puzzle together to solve the crime. I eagerly await MacBrides news saga this summer! I hope you enjoy is writing as much as I do.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-05 In this savage, darkly comic second American outing for the newest member of the "Scottish noir" school, the action begins with a particularly gruesome crime: a madman has sealed up a squatter's apartment and set it-and the six people partying inside-afire. That same evening, a prostitute is found beaten to death, and Det. Sgt. Logan MacRae, the ambitious star of Cold Granite (2005), is on the case. But his star has fallen; after a botched raid, MacRae has been demoted to the "Screw-Up Squad," led with a droll lack of enthusiasm by one Inspector Steel. Several characters from Cold Granite reappear, but newcomers won't have any trouble parsing this thriller, though some may be unsettled by the jarring but witty contrast between MacBride's wry tone and the story's brutal violence. The city of Aberdeen figures as one of this well-written novel's main characters, a portrait that will warn readers away from its mean streets. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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