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

Stuart MacBride
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Stuart MacBride’s Number One bestselling crime series opens with this award-winning debut. DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets.

Winter in Aberdeen: murder, mayhem and terrible weather…

It’s DS Logan McRae’s first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn’t get much worse. Three-year-old David Reid’s body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he’s only the first. There’s a serial killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood.

Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die. And if Logan isn’t careful, he could end up joining them…

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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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    More About the Author

    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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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    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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    44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    By Al
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    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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    27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A hard rock story 13 April 2011
    By plato
    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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    32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good but tediously repetitive 16 Jun. 2009
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    This review applies equally to Broken Skin and Dying Light. These are good, readable books, and quite useful for whiling away ones time. They're not particularly exciting in the sense that the clues one is given as to whodunnit stand out as such, and all you have to do is wait for the rather dim Detective Seargent to act on them. And this may take a while, say 200 odd pages, or so..

    The character descriptions are vivid and quite funny, but what really annoys me is that they're repeated every single time a particular character enters the scene. I don't suffer from bad memory. I am fully capable of keeping in my mind, e.g., that DI Insch invariably sits on his desk with one buttock hanging over the edge; that he's a compulsive candy-eater, and that he has a foul temper. Or that DI Steel has a habit of scratching her armpits and is heavily dependent on nicotine. It doesn't need endless repetition!!!

    One thing, finally, that really amazes me, is that the one single facial expression that anyone in these books ever ever shows is 'scowling'. I haven't counted, but it must be hundreds of times. An alien must be forgiven for thinking that this is the most common English word, if all he has to go by are these books.

    I don't regret reading them, but there are better novels to be had, by authors in better command of the English language.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars what a start to this series 6 Feb. 2009
    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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    69 of 77 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The New Kid On the Block 19 Aug. 2006
    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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    5.0 out of 5 stars a great book
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    Just read this for the fourth time. Will probably re-read it every few years and revel in it more with each reading. Read more
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