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Stuart MacBride
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12 Sep 2013 Logan McRae (Book 8)

The third consecutive No.1 bestselling crime novel from the author of the DI Logan McRae series and Birthdays for the Dead.

The first body is chained to a stake: strangled, and stabbed, with a burning tyre around its neck. But is this a gangland execution or something much darker?

Someone’s leaving little knots of bones outside Detective Inspector Logan McRae’s house, but he’s got more pressing things to worry about. Rival drug gangs are fighting over product and territory; two teenage lovers are missing; someone’s crippling Asian immigrants; and Logan’s been lumbered with an ambitious new Detective Sergeant, a mountain of paperwork, and the unwelcome attention of his superiors and the local crime boss.

When another body turns up, it looks as if the similarities between these murders and the plot of a bestselling novel are more than just a coincidence. And perhaps those little knots of bones are more important than they look…

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007344295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007344291
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,449 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 Stuart MacBride:

‘MacBride is the natural heir to the late and much lamented Reginald Hill’ Andrew Taylor, SPECTATOR

‘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

‘Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field’

‘Admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven – or should that be hell?’

‘Ferocious and funny’
Val McDermid

‘Hard-hitting prose with a bone-dry humour and characters you can genuinely believe in, Stuart MacBride’s novels are a real treat’
Simon Kernick

About the Author

Stuart MacBride is the No 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series and Birthdays for the Dead.

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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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars close to very boring 8 Feb 2013
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In spite of being a very elderly lady I have always enjoyed Stuart McBride and his bloodthirsty books. They have been clever,
funny and impossible to put down. Oh that I could say that about this one. It is a cliche and a parody of all his other books. No Police force would continue to employ Inspector Steele in these days of political correctness. The story was confused and messy and I think it Mr McBride has been influenced by all the programmes about witchcraft and magic which are on tv at the moment.

Please Mr McBride, reread your earlier books, see how good they were. I thank you for all the pleasure my family and I had reading them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always 19 July 2013
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I really enjoy all the Logan McRae books. I love all the characters, including DI Steel. I know a lot of people seem to say she's become a caricature but she always makes me laugh. As always there's lots of humour along the way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story! 27 Jun 2013
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Logan's character just gets better with every book. The storyline keeps you engrossed, page after page. Look out Rankine! You have serious competition here. Roll on the next one.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistnetly good 22 Nov 2012
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Despite the fact Acting DI Logan McRae seems to becoming more of a wimp as these stories progress, there is no doubt he gets the job done in his own inimitable way.

Aberdeen is again beset by a series of murders beginning with a necklacing, soon to be followed by gruesome body finds, suggesting a connection with the occult.

It is no surprise, therefore, that a popular book about a 'superhero' witch is being filmed just around the corner and events in the film appear to be consistent with the increasing number of deaths poor downtrodden McRae has to contend with.

What is surprising is that ex-DI Insch is part of the film production and is throwing his weight around as if he were still on the Force. Further complications arise when Wee Hamish names Logan has a beneficiary of his estate and indeed, as executor of his will. This does not go down well with the incumbent heavy, namely Reuben, who has a personal score to settle with McRae.

So, the scene is set. For once, McRae does not suffer serious wounds, though he comes very close. His superior, DI Steel, is becoming a bit of a pain - not just to McRae but also to the reader and is beginning not to ring true. However, despite her foul mouthed interventions, McRae pursues his ideas, craftily dealing with the various other matters which crop up during the investigation and still managing to see his hospitalized girlfriend at every possible opportunity.

Stuart MacBride writes a good story. It's engaging and if you've followed the series, you'll not be disappointed. Whether there are enough people in the Granite City for more serial killers remains to be seen but I expect there are. As ever, I look forward to the next book, another year, I suppose?
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Aberdeen, the granite city, sparkly in the sunshine, grey and dour at all other times, a character in its own right, is the setting for a series of detective stories by Stuart MacBride, featuring detective Logan McRae of the Aberdeen police force. Close to the Bone is the eighth book in the series and I think to get maximum enjoyment from this book you need to have read the rest of the series. That is not to say that it cannot stand alone, MacBride writes a very competent detective story, but the characters have developed over the eight books and there are various incidents in the book which are very mystifying unless you know what has gone before - and you need to know what has gone before to get the full blast of their significance. I can't say anymore without acting as a spoiler.

As with all his books, MacBride manages to combine the very real horror of crime, both organised and random, with the humour that arises, willy-nilly in everyday life. If it didn't, life would be too dark to endure and we would have no police forces and no emergency services. Also, in the eighth books we know Logan and most of his colleagues well and we care about them. MacBride's characterisation is excellent. When she first appeared, I thought Steel was too broadly comic, but her character has been fleshed out so that she is now easily recognisable.

I am not going to go into details of the plot - the blurb gives a perfectly adequate summary and to say more would be to give too much detail away.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close To Perfect 19 July 2013
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I came to this book a little put off by some of the negative reviews, but I found it to be every bit as good as the previous books. There has been criticism of some of the regular characters, but they are only written as they have always been, why would they change ? Logan himself has just the right amount of gravitas for his new acting inspector role and the plot was as tight as ever, with just the right amount of sadness and humour. A lot more please Mr Macbride
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed 14 Feb 2013
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Have read all of Stuart MacBride's novels
If new to this author, start with his first book , as all the characters grow through each novel.
A wonderful mix of blood and gore - humour - and mystery, tho each book is complete on its own
Highly recommend
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