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A Song for the Dying [Kindle Edition]

Stuart MacBride
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A heart-stopping crime thriller and the fourth consecutive No. 1 Bestseller from the author of the Logan McRae series and Birthdays for the Dead.

He’s back…

Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man’ murdered four women and left three more in critical condition – all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside.

And then the killer just … disappeared.

Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years. His family has been destroyed, his career is in tatters, and one of Oldcastle’s most vicious criminals is making sure he spends the rest of his life in prison.

Now a nurse has turned up dead on a patch of waste ground, a plastic doll buried beneath her skin, and it looks as if Ash might finally get a shot at redemption. At earning his freedom.

At revenge.

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‘A powerful, swift-moving narrative … required reading for those who enjoy crime fiction with a bitter taste.’ Andrew Taylor, Spectator

‘A pungent sense of place … a vertiginous climax … Ash Henderson is mesmerisingly ruthless on the page’ Independent

‘Frightening stuff … a cast of characters to die for’ Sun

‘Darkly gripping … as smart a piece of crime fiction as you’re likely to read this year … or next.’ Sunday Sport

‘Fans of tartan noir will devour this fast-paced and in places shocking criminal thriller…a great story with some well thought-out plot lines and really well-developed characters’ Scottish Field

Praise for Stuart MacBride:

‘MacBride is a damned fine writer – no one does dark and gritty like him’ Peter James

‘Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order’ Mark Billingham

About the Author

Stuart MacBride is the No 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series and the Ash Henderson series.

The McRae novels have won him the CWA’s Dagger in the Library, the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel, and Best Breakthrough Author at the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards. In 2012 Stuart was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Hall of Fame.

Stuart’s other works include Halfhead, a near-future thriller, Sawbones, a novella aimed at adult emergent readers, and several short stories.

He lives in the north-east of Scotland with his wife, Fiona and cat, Grendel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1767 KB
  • Print Length: 545 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E31A2XW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stuart MacBride was born in Dumbarton near Glasgow but grew up in Aberdeen. He is the number one bestelling author of several novels featuring DS Logan McRae. He has been shortlisted for the Theakstons's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award twice. Stuart won the 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded for a body of work, and was named Best Breakthrough Author at the 2008 ITV Crime Thriller Awards.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No more please. 13 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read the first in this series and found it instantly forgettable, I tried to give this the benefit of the doubt but ended up not bothering to finish it. The Ash character is relentlessly and tiresomely aggressive, responding to just about everything with a clenched fist. He is entirely humorless as is the story,totally lacking in any lightness or wit. His alleged softness towards Alice is not credible. Alice herself, has to be one of the most profoundly irritating characters ever to appear in a book, with the constant wrapping of her arms around herself, twiddling with her hair, shuffling her feet in the red trainers. She hasn't evolved an inch from the first book and shows just one moment of insight when she declares herself a failure, for not spotting the obvious earlier. This is however, only as a show of self - pity.
All the characters are one - dimensional cardboard and the violence is mostly gratuitous and tedious. I can't imagine recommending this to anyone and I wouldn't bother to read anymore of the series. Shame, as I enjoyed the books set in Aberdeen. They were everything these two are not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
From my review blog:

I must come clean right from the start; a confession almost. I like MacBride's novels; more specifically, I like his DI Logan McRae stories, and so, when given the opportunity to review this, I jumped at the chance.

MacBride fans will not be disappointed as this story follows similar themes to the McRae books - police investigation, our hero following his own enquiries and rebelling against his bosses, some great villainous characters, a smattering of humour and a dash of extreme violence. This is the second story featuring Ash Henderson, once a DI but now in prison for murdering his brother. He is released to help investigate the murder of a young nurse that bears the signature traits of "The Inside Man", indicating the killer is back after an eight year silence.

Despite this being book two, and not having read the first one, I didn't feel lost with the characters back stories. In fact, on this occasion, it was enjoyable to learn about the earlier storyline as this one progressed - it felt like I was discovering the evidence and deciphering the clues en-route.

There is violence aplenty within these pages and that may not be comfortable for some readers of crime. However, as with the McRae books, the violence is not there casually but, in my view, is a way of expressing the horror and anger felt, not only by the killer, but by the characters involved in the less pleasant side of the law.

The violence is rather splendidly offset by MacBride's humour. He has a neat way of adding little touches of comedy to ease the tension that builds throughout this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Much prefer the Logan books 18 Aug. 2014
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I prefer the Logan books. The main character doesn't have Logan's "romantic loner" profile and the book doesn't have much humour. The plots of all his books are always a bit unbelievable and a bit too gory. After all there can't be that many serial killers in Scotland. However, one can almost believe that the police in Logan books would react something like as described but, despite recent revelations of their secret infiltration of groups that fought injustice, I just can't believe that they would act in the way that they are pictured here. The descriptions of a rundown town are quite good. Anyway I read it to the end to find out what happened.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Violent, oddball people on both sides of the play 27 Aug. 2014
By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I would imagine one could find fault with most of MacBride's characters but Ash Henderson is the least realistic, the least likeable and certianly the most aggressive and brutal man of the lot. Having said that, in this book, there are others such as Mrs. Kerrigan and another oddball, Wee Free to name only two. Where on earth such characters were created is beyond me..well, yes, from the author's mind but to have them play such a pivotal role seems obscure.

Even so, there are merits in the book. There is excellent place setting, some decent dialogue and some great scenarios, though these are often spoilt by the horrific violence perpetrated.

I miss the Logan McRae laddie, that's for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Shy 24 Dec. 2014
Ash Henderson, a former DI, is in jail after having been framed by his archenemy, Mrs. Kerrigan. He comes up for parole every six months, only to be turned down because she instigates a fight between him and two thugs. Then he is rescued by a Detective Superintendent heading a special squad investigating a perpetrator, now resurfaced after several years’ hiatus, whose MO is that he cuts nurses open and inserts a plastic doll simulating a pregnancy. The reason for his release: Ash came closest to capturing the man years before, but lost him in a crowded railroad station.

So much for the plot, which teams Ash once again with forensic psychologist Dr. Alice McDonald. The rest is basic fine writing and character description as the police fumble in an effort to find The Inside Man, and Ash and Alice go their own way following one idea or another while trying to avoid any damage to themselves or the victims now held by the perpetrator.

This is the second in the Ash Henderson series and, like the initial entry, is craftily written. Henderson is quite a character, not averse to seeking justice by his own means or constructing a scenario which results in the same end. Such outcomes include revenge, so the subplot involving Mrs. Kerrigan provides some unusual goings-on. The whole mystery is tied together in a manner that leaves the reader’s mind spinning as Ash brings each clue into focus.

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Brilliantly written and a real page turner. DI Steel is a female Frost and totally non pc and is complimented perfectly, by the anti hero, Logan McRae. Read more
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Stuart MacBride in all his gory glory. I dropped a star from 5 to 4 as he gave a thumping great clue in the first chapter so I went through the book 'knowing' who the perp was. Read more
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