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Stuart MacBride
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2 Jan 2008

The Number One bestselling crime series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. In this third DS Logan McRae thriller, The Granite City’s seedy side is about to be exposed…

A crime of passion, or cold-hearted murder?

A serial rapist is leaving a string of tortured women behind him, but while DS Logan McRae’s girlfriend, PC Jackie ‘Ball Breaker’ Watson, is out acting as bait, he’s trying to identify a blood-drenched body dumped outside Accident and Emergency.

Logan’s investigations suggest someone in the local bondage community has developed a taste for violent death, and he soon finds himself dragged into the twilight world of pornographers, sex-shops and S&M.

Meanwhile, the prime suspect in the rape case turns out to be Aberdeen Football Club’s star striker, and he has an alibi for every attack. Logan thinks they’ve got it horribly wrong, but can he get anyone to listen before the real rapist strikes again? Especially as Jackie is convinced the footballer’s guilty and she’s hell-bent on a conviction at any cost…

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1st Paperback edition (2 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007193181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007193189
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,201 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 Broken Skin:

‘Compelling reading … a tribute to MacBride’s storytelling skill’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Grim, gritty and great fun’ Daily Sport

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

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

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‘Fierce, unflinching … crime fiction of the highest order’ Mark Billingham

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guid work, loon! 10 Feb 2008
By Bee of Good Cheer VINE VOICE
This is the third book in the series, and MacBride is really getting into his stride now. Some of the things that irritated me about the previous two have gone - notably the poor descriptions of the city, and some of the wackier character traits have been toned down - and the things that have kept me reading this series - the taut plotting, realistic characterisation and black humour - are even better than before.

This one is also an improvement on the others in that there is more social commentary - the power of celebrity and the glitter around footballers comes in for a bit of a satirical poke - even though these days, Aberdeen FC are no great shakes (losing 5-1 to Celtic today, at Pittodrie. Oh for the days of European Cup glory under Alex Ferguson ...)

I hope that the series continues to improve, as I'd like to see Aberdeen on the literary tourist trail!

PS Yes, it is as wet and cold in Aberdeen as it appears in the novel, it isn't literary licence for atmosphere!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Saturnicus VINE VOICE
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MacBride can not get better than this.
I would strongly advise if you have not sampled the series that you start with the first and read on.
Herein we have the same old characters in all their glory. DI Steele excels better than ever before. DI Insch grumbles and chews his way through 600 pages.
There are numerous plots which twist and turn, but the humour is over the top. MacBride is Rebus and Terry Pratchett all in one. He takes serious topics and with outstanding, realistic characters and more than its fair share of laughter, makes a thoroughly readable book which is impossible to put down.
Seriously looking forward to number 4 in the series.
Keep them coming Mr MacBride before I start to go through withdrawal.
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105 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raintown 8 Jun 2007
No doubt about it Stuart MacBride is here to stay. Broken Skin is the third in the series of DS Logan "Lazarus" McRae set in Aberdeen

Having read the first two novels Cold Granite and Dying Light I was looking forward to this and it doesn't disappoint. I do think though with so many characters and back stories from the previous books, that newcomers to MacBride would benefit enormously from reading the books in sequence.

Like other reviewers have mentioned the best character is the chain smoking DI Steel and after her being a minor role in the first book she is now front and centre with Logan and this book is better for that.

As usual their isn't just one case to solve, a serial rapist and a murder that looks like BDSM gone wrong or is it ? Easy to get sucked into this book after only a couple of chapters after 60 pages I couldn't believe how much had already happened. I think there's enough plot and twists that at no point did I feel the story slowed down.

No question in my mind that we will see Logan on our TV screens very soon mind you who ever decides to film it is going to have to buy a huge rain machine.

With Rebus due to retire next year MacBride has surely created his successor
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three gets better 5 Mar 2008
This is the third book I have read by Stuart Macbride, (I have read them in sequence)and they just keep getting better. In this story Logan McRae is involved in several different cases, all of which are gritty and real. I am not sure that so much intense policing would go on at once, but who cares. This just adds to the excitement of the book. One word of caution, there is a lot of swearing, but this enhances rather than detracts from the storyline. I found myself immersed in the story and the lives of the characters and was rooting for the good guys every step of the way. This is an excellent book, with a tight storyline and characters which are believable. I would highly recommend this, and any other Stuart Macbride book.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars beware 9 Oct 2008
please note this book, marketed as Bloodshot, is actually Broken Skin by another name. I have just purchased it having already bought and read Broken Skin( which was fine) am now returning my spare copy.Bloodshot (Logan McRae)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best so far 16 May 2008
Definitely the best of the three books so far but if you haven't read the first two yet, I recommend you do so as this one will feel better if you have. I had worried at the end of the last one that McBride was getting himself into a rut of writing some pretty horrific stuff which can be unpalatable to many [and I mean really horrific!] but this one doesn't have that in the same way. Brutal crimes, yes, but he's begun to handle things differently. Bit more about real people rather than decomposing bodies. Especially good on the mental effect of rape. Still some problems remain however. First, I wish he'd drop sex crimes involving children. Also, he needs to start widening the scope of his characters. This book is good in that he does develop Insch much more and Steel becomes a bit more likeable but he'll need more staple figures if this is to become a long series. I loved the ending!!!!!!!!! Absolutely no give-aways but it lends itself brilliantly to the next novel. Need to know what happens!!!
Not fair, I think, to say he's better than Rankin. Certainly not so far. Rankin's first three or four weren't too brilliant as I recall and nowhere near as good as what he's writing now. Also, don't forget it's Rebus that's retiring, not Rankin!! Anyway, thoroughly recommended. I'm looking forward to the next one.
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Published 2 days ago by john S
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great reading
Published 9 days ago by MARTIN REED
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Published 12 days ago by Lorraine Nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
This is the third instalment in Stuart McBride's Logan McRae crime series. I really like the central character for all his quirks and failures as it makes him more believeable.
Published 1 month ago by amax
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read.
Sometimes hilarious this is another great read. The third book I've read in this series. I couldn't stop reading. I can picture the characters so vividly its so well written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dogcrazy
5.0 out of 5 stars Aberdeen story no.3
As all other Stuart McBride books this one is brilliant. I loved it! Excellent storyline, good detecting by all the team.
D.I.Steel...priceless!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mach1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Brilliant book it's a must read
....McBride at his best ..Aberdeen is alive with murder ...Great story great twist ...
Published 1 month ago by Mike Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Skin
Wow! Just stayed up to 1am to finish this fabulous book. I love the development of the characters, especially DI Steele. Storyline had me gripped throughout. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ann Astrop
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Good plot made all the more interesting by being set in Aberdeen. Obviously we'll researched and totally believable, looking forward to reading the remaining Logan McRae series.
Published 2 months ago by EJ Sandison
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Characters are very real, beautifully written, not easy to put down, can't wait to read all of the Logan McRae books
Published 3 months ago by Fred Bloggs
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