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Stuart MacBride
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Book Description

30 Aug 2012

The Number One bestselling crime thriller from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. A bloody, brilliant and brutal story of murder, kidnap and revenge.

Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a dark secret…

Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. A year later the first card arrived: home-made, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last.

The tabloids call him ‘The Birthday Boy’. He’s been snatching girls for twelve years, always in the run-up to their thirteenth birthday, sending the families his home-made cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

But Ash hasn’t told anyone about Rebecca’s birthday cards – they all think she’s just run away from home – because if anyone finds out, he’ll be taken off the investigation. And he’s sacrificed too much to give up before his daughter’s killer gets what he deserves…

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007344201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007344208
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Praise for Birthdays for the Dead:

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

‘The master of murderous mayhem is back to his best with a belter of a book … a page-turner’ The Sun

Praise for Stuart MacBride:

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

‘Ferocious and funny, this is Tartan Noir at its best’ Val McDermid

‘Stuart MacBride’s thrillers just keep getting better’ Express

About the Author

Stuart MacBride is the No.1 bestselling author of the DS Logan McRae series. His novels have won him the CWA Dagger in the Library, the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel, and Best Breakthrough Author at the ITV3 crime thriller awards. 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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars something missing 20 Mar 2012
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Dark gritty and violent great stuff but i didnt like the way some characters were half introduced like Michelle, jennifer and ex DSI Len Murray,Rhona among others there were too many characters in this book to get to know properly and that was a major pit fall for me. I have read most of stuart Mcbrides books [all except sawbones and halfhead] but this one was different somehow like someone else was interfering with his usual style.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The literary equivalent of Bruce Willis 20 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a massive letdown. Nasty, brutal, gratuitously violent and totally unbelievable. The "hero" gets hit with so much pain and violence, dosing himself on arthritis pills FFS, and yet bounces back again and again like a Bruce Willis Weeble.

Way way below par. Please don't write another one of these Mr MacBride.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Grim, Grim and then Gimmer 2 Mar 2012
I'm a huge fan of the DS Logan series of books that Stuart McBride wrote; they breathed life into this genre even though they books got darker as the series progressed. This book though is a real dissappointment. Gone is the humour, it starts out grim, it gets grimmer, it gets silly and then it dives into a finale of grimness without any redeeming qualities. I just hope this was a cathartic venting of Stuart Mcbride's inner thoughts and he returns to the form of the Logan series. Give this book a miss
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Far too descriptive! 10 Nov 2012
By snapdog
I have enjoyed all McBrides previous writings, but if this had been the first book I had read I would not have read any of the others. I dislike it when an author finds they have to describe everything in minute detail. I found the plot a bent copper chasing a serial killer, long drawn out and filled with unnecessary graphic violence. The characters were flat and unappealing, their life stories drawn out throughout this story which lurched and spluttered till the bitter end. I hated the change in text for varied conversations and what was going on in his head! At times I envisioned Arnold Schwarzenegger saying I'll be back.. the amount of times he bounced back from beat beaten within an inch of his life... After reaching the end of chapter one I gave up for a week - went back to my Rankin book - then went back to this - reading it was like pulling teeth without anaesthetic painful till the bitter end unbelievable just a bit!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Power of diminishing returns 19 Jan 2012
By Phil
Originally a blackly funny writer, there is something about MacBride's offering which suggests his best writing is behind him. Attempts at black humour over the deaths and mutilation of young children mis-hit here. His clear desire is to shock but he doesn't - it feels sick and dirty, as if he has consciously decided to shock "Daily Mail" readers at the expense of clever plotting and fully-fleshed characterisation. The trip to England undertaken by the protagonist is unbelieveable and stretches credibility beyond return. I enjoyed the Logan Macrae novels, but each one less so than its predecessor. This has sealed it for me - no more MacBride. He should read a few Ian Rankins to see what strong characters and believeable plots can achieve. And learn what subtlety means.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very different style 8 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was very much looking forward to this and half way through I'm at the point of giving up. The prose is rather odd and doesn't flow in the same way as the previous novels. Even the chapters end and then start oddly for example in the middle of a fight scene. Not good I'm afraid
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A promising start 1 Nov 2012
This has been my first McBride book and could well be my last. The synopsis drew me in - seemed like a good plot and it all started out well. By halfway I was beginning to be confused by the different characters that kept cropping up. Generally I would not read a book written in 1st person, but I only noticed this "pet hate" a few times, I am normally very irritated by this style, however it worked quite well. I was looking forward to finishing the book and stayed up later and later to get through it. The end just seemed to have been hurried as if a deadline (excuse the pun) had to be met. For me the whole final section left me confused, there was so much going on and it just got sillier and sillier - then it was over. Ok a few twists at the end, some unexpected but when I woke up in the morning I could not remember much about it, the whole Birthday killer thing was glossed over in less than a page at the end and I never really did take in what it had all been about. There was also a point where a character died, that bit seemed to have been put in to "pad out" the story, and just when you thought it was safe to come out, just like a cheap horror film Mrs Kerrigan just won't stay down.

This book for me showed great promise, a really good plot that was different from the norm - but in the end I just wanted to finish it and start something else. I am sorry Mr McBride but you missed the boat with this one, a terrific plot which you failed to carry through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible. 18 Jan 2014
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Would have rated it zero if possible. Poorly written, endlessly grim, awful main character, unbelievable situations, rushed and rather silly ending. Ugh.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing ....
Another great book by Stuart MacBride! Loving his work and style! Loved the plot and not predictable at all! Can't wait for another book!
Published 11 days ago by Cheryl T
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible read.
It was another excellent book written by someone who know's about police attitudes and certian criminal's as well it's another of his book's I couldn't puut down till I finished it
Published 25 days ago by Ian Leitch
5.0 out of 5 stars a thundering good read
good story,well written.I enjoy Stuart MacBride`s writing and have read most of his books with his other books his sense of humour shines through
Published 28 days ago by joan macdonald
1.0 out of 5 stars Massive disappointment
I love the Logan McRae series by Stuart Macbride. I've got a couple in the series left to savour, but thought I'd diversify and try some of his other output. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuart MacBride
Having never read any of Stuart MacBride books before, I was a bit pessimistic about this one but being advised to read A Song for the Dying first, which I could not put down, this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by June Mackenzie
3.0 out of 5 stars Really Not Sure….
As a big fan of Stuart MacBride and his excellent Logan series I had high hopes for this book but ultimately came away feeling a little flat and disappointed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pphillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Amazing as always! Enjoyed reading for the 2nd time just much as the first time! Can't wait to read the next one.
Published 2 months ago by lou
4.0 out of 5 stars This is not Logan
I love Stuart MacBride, but I'd heard he'd gone off on a different tangent with this, and that's certainly the case here. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Colin Murtagh
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this author
First book I've read cover to cover straight in a long time. He's fast becoming one of my favourite authors
Published 3 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Really enjoyed this book despite the actual subject matter but well written and page turning. I have now read all of Stuart MacBride's books and eagerly await any new ones which... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nicki
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