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Cold Granite (Logan McRae, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stuart MacBride
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Praise for Cold Granite:

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

‘A riveting and gruesome debut’ Telegraph

‘A gripping debut’ Mirror

Praise for Stuart MacBride:

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

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

The Scotsman

"[Cold Granite] is a good read... a promising debut for MacBride and Aberdeen."

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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hard rock story 13 April 2011
By plato
Format:Paperback
I had never read any of his books and found the author through a recommendation by Amazon (many thanks). The book was well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I have bought the rest of the series and I am gradually working my way through them. Never having been to Aberdeen (and after having read this probably never will!) it was a very realistic portrayal of the city (gooled it). The book is well worth reading, hard gritty with colourful language at times and as others recommended; read them in sequence or you lose some of the little nuances. For those who enjoy death in many forms including cannibalism then this is the series for you.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By Al
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
One of Stuart McBride's more recent books caught my eye in a bookshop, but I decided to start at the beginning so I bought this, his first book.

It is an excellent book. Good storyline; complex enough (various children going missing, unidentified bodies being found), but there are enough subtle reminders to help you keep up. There are a few twists & turns as different strong suspects prove to be innocent; quite a good "whodunnit" element. I quite enjoyed the occasional humour.

Excellent characterisation. The main two characters in particular are very interesting, and I look forward to seeing them develop further in forthcoming books. There are plenty of supporting characters, making a very interesting cast, and plenty of scope to bring different people to the fore in future stories.

The characterisation is not at the expense of the plot though; the story moves at a decent pace (I have read some books recently that spend so much time describing characters & places that the story hardly progresses - this is not one of them).

This book is excellent when considered as a stand alone story, but it is also a superb starting point for (hopefully) a long series of stories. I can't wait to read the next one...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I'm happy to declare Stuart Macbride to be my new favourite crimewriter. New to me anyway, as it appears I've been somewhat slow to catch onto him, having only recently discovered by accident his most recent paperback release, "Dark Blood"... only about his seventh release! Oops. So now, I'm going back, waaaaay back, to read the rest of the series. And thus far, I'm not disappointed. This lives up to the cover blurb's bandying about of terms like "gritty" and "not for the fainthearted" - which is saying something when so many crime novels these days are about as gritty as Winnie the Pooh.

I did have a minor gripe with the denouement... feeling the author chucked in one extra element for shock value that wasn't at all necessary. But for a first novel, I can hardly criticise him for that.

Overall, an excellent and compelling read. And I'm now working my way through the rest. Bring on the "tartan noir"...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a start to this series 6 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
I have suddenly become addicted to this series of people. The language is foul, the crimes distasteful, but under neath is a gritty humor which appeals to the reader. I developed a soft spot for all the main characters from 'Laz' to DI Insch to the chain smoking DI Steel. I intend to work through the previous books of this author with anticipation
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68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Kid On the Block 19 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
Having read all the Rebus and half way through the Skinners series this was a welcome alternative.

Great debut you instantly warmed to the central character particularly liked the fact that he isn't the all confident all knowing Skinner, Logan is a complex figure full of doubts in both his job ability and his personal life.

There's good element of him solving the cases without the sudden leap of inspiration he resolves things with diligent policework and trusting his damaged gut.

It is a fairly gruesome book but maybe fairly accurate of the times where only sensational murders do grab the headlines.

Certainly going to read his future novels and feel that for a debut novel this ticks a lot of boxes, particularly liked that in a similar vein to Red dragon this alouds to a previous case that has left the central character both physically and mentally scarred but without just spelling it out in one flashback.

The setting of Aberdeen I guess is as much a character as any in the book and with Taggart having sewn up Glasgow and Rebus and Skinner dominating Edinburgh, Logan could easily put Aberdeen on the Murder Map.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold Granite - fast, great debut 6 Feb 2006
Format:Hardcover
I got it home and couldn't put it down. It is a great read, dark, grisly but with some great humour. Regardless of what some people on here have said, I found it believable, the characters were all realistic and I thought that 'lazarus' was particularly good, as were both the DI's and good old 'ball-breaker'. I am half way through, and can't wait to get home and read a bit more...
A note to the people that are critical on here, have you any books in print? IF I had written this book, I would be so proud of it.
A fantastic (if somewhat gruesome) story, told well and really does grip me to the point where I have no option to read on and on, sleep, work or eating being the only thing interfering so far !
Good work to the author, and look forward to the next in the line (I really do hope that Logan becomes a long term character)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not so sure about this as it was the first of his books I'd bought
Published 4 days ago by Janet Susan Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Great thriller twists and turns all the way Stuart Macbride at his very best here's to many more books like this one
Published 4 days ago by derek nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars First one I have read. Fantastic.
This is my first time reading anything from author Stuart McBride. I really enjoyed reading about the main character, Logan McRae and his relationships with DI Steel. Read more
Published 14 days ago by amax
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Book a Gem.
Page turner. I sat and read it in one day, I couldn't put it down. Stuart MacBride, is a brilliant author, I envy the man's talent.
Published 24 days ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold granite
Superb read. Gripping till the end. Well thought out plot and written with tension and good humour in every chapter.still
Published 1 month ago by keith davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A great book from Stuart MacBride that had me hooked all the way until the final word. A bit graphic but in my opinion that added to the intensity of the title.
Published 1 month ago by Jamie West
5.0 out of 5 stars cold granite
Took this book on holiday after it was recommended to me and I absolutely loved. Will definitely read more by this author
Published 1 month ago by Ms. E. M. Hedley
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling crime story with humour, easy reading too
This book is wonderfully easy to read. I cannot put the book down. Its starts for a couple of chapters with graphic descriptions of the murdered bodies and then the humour comes in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by LindylouM
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A great book,couldn't put It down ,was hooked right from the word go. Living in the North east you knew exactly where places were. Can't wait to start on the next one :)
Published 1 month ago by martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Scottish fiction
Good to read a book set in UK instead of USA. Fast moving although rather too much going on at same time.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Carol A Cromack
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