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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007362544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007362547
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,264 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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Crime fiction fans are well aware that one of the most incendiary brands in the field is that of Tartan Noir: this is the generic term for those tough and uncompromising Scottish crime writers who have had such a seismic influence (notably Val McDermid and Ian Rankin -- the latter, in fact, has long been the best-selling male crime writer in the UK). The characteristics of Tartan Noir are pungently evoked Scottish settings (McDermid excepted), abrasive protagonists who pull no punches and a readiness to confront the darker aspects of society (and not just that of Alex Salmond’s fiefdom -- the best books in the field never come across as parochial or nationalistic, with such cities as Edinburgh standing in for any British city).

One of the fastest rising stars is Stuart MacBride, who won the International Thriller Writers Best Debut Novel Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library and the ITV3 Crime Thriller award for Breakthrough Author. But does MacBride justify all the hoopla? If you need an answer to that, perhaps you should pick up his latest novel, Dark Blood. But not if you're the kind of crime reader who likes comfortable, unchallenging fiction that slightly shakes (but never upsets) the status quo.

As in such books as Cold Granite, Broken Skin and Dying Light, MacBride is all about putting his characters through the wringer -- rather, in fact, as he does the reader. In the new book, Logan McRae, the author’s hard-nosed Aberdeen copper, is handed an assignment that is most definitely not to his liking. A career criminal, Richard Knox, has served his time and is told he will be allowed to live wherever he likes, despite his multiple convictions for rape and violence. He has taken the route adopted by many criminals -- found religion, claiming he is a changed man. His desire is to up sticks from Newcastle and make a new start. But unfortunately for Logan McRae, he has decided he wants his new home to be Aberdeen. Needless to say, his brutal past will not be buried for too long, and Logan McRae, forced to help with the ill-advised relocation, finds himself with the trickiest problems of his career. Particularly as other kinds of criminal activity in Aberdeen are at boiling point.

Dark Blood is full of the kind of scabrous and flinty writing that is very much Stuart MacBride’s trademark. This reviewer, for one, would not be surprised if he soon has a few more crime fiction prizes under his belt. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Praise for Dark Blood:

‘A terrific writer … Brilliant … bodies abound, blood flows freely and McRae is a delight’ The Times

‘Stuart MacBride’s thrillers just keep getting better … One of the most disturbing novels in the highly successful Logan McRae series … admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven – or should that be hell?’ Express

‘The plotting puts most writers in the genre to shame … This is quintessential Stuart MacBride: tartan noir etched in the darkest of hues with dialogue so sharp you might cut yourself’ Independent

‘Tartan noir’s greatest exponent’ Daily Mirror

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Peter Symonds on 10 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the easiest books I've had to review in a while:

If you've loved the previous 5 Logan McRae books you'll love this because its very much up to standard.
If you've hated the previous 5 Logan McRae books you'll hate this because .......... its very much up to standard.

For the rest of us who don't have really strong emotions one way or the other you'll probably find it an entertaining enough read. Crime fiction is a very broad genre and covers everything from the crime literature of Ian Rankin & John Harvey through to the darker humour of people like Christopher Brookmyre and Colin Bateman to the serial killer by numbers of americans like Patterson and Deaver. All very, very different types of novel. MacBride writes his own thing. He's not up to the standard of the Rebus novels so if you want another Ian Rankin you'll be disappointed with this. However if you like a fast moving less heavy weight crime novel with a vein of twisted dark humour this will probably tick the boxes.

I was reasonably impressed with 'Dark Blood'... it was slower to get started than some of the previous books and the various crimes seemed at first unlinked but it came together fairly convincingly at the end. The supporting characters, especially the truly foul DI Steel are rather overblown and rather stereotypical but this makes for some cheap laughs and adds some humour thats lacking in many crime novels. DS McRae himself is a believable and likeable character who showing some good character development. The pressure of his job especially the constant criticism in both his personal and professional life is leading to a fairly serious drink problem which in turn is making his life far harder.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Hartley on 20 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
This was my first Macbride, and like many other reviewers was initially put off by the foul language and attitude of DI Steel. However I stuck with it and when I realised I could laugh at her and the other characters I was riveted. The plot held together well and the scene where DI Beattie shows his 'powerpoint skills' had me laughing out loud; and I re read it three times! Anyone who works in an 'institution' will recognise the characters and absurdities that Macbride brings to life so well. I look forward to reading the rest of the books now.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By C. West on 4 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
First of all I'd like to declare myself as someone that has read all the books in the logan macrae series. And also would like to say that the last review giving this book a one star review is just unfair, "unrealistic characters saying unrealistic things in an unrealistic setting", hmmmmmm, now unrealistic characters might be close to the mark but as a resident of aberdeen myself Stuart always stays fairly true to his location. Nice to see some local news stories making it into the book as well with Trumpy's golf course development featured. However, I must say I am starting to get tired of Stuart Macbrides preoccupation with describing the gruesome, just plain manky! That said if you're a fan of other macrae novels you'll no doubt read it cover to cover and enjoy the journey! Enjoy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 31 Aug 2010
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*Review of unabridged audio version read by the author*

This is Stuart MacBride's sixth book in the Logan McRae series and they are not for the squeamish. To call them gruesome is to put it mildly. In fact I thought that in the fourth of the series, Flesh House, he overstepped the mark of what most would consider crime fiction and strayed into horror territory, and I was sorry I had read it. I had all but decided not to read any more, until the next in the series, Blind Eye, came out and was available in unabridged audio format read by the author himself. I was intrigued and bought it. Thankfully he, (or maybe his publisher?), seemed to have realised that he had gone too far in Flesh House, and the violence had been toned down. When you consider that, as the title hints, it involved people having their eyes gouged and burned out, you will get some idea of how hard edged the series can be. With Dark Blood the gruesome has been toned down another notch. However the author seems to take an almost schoolboy delight in throwing in as many bodily function references, with vomiting the current favourite, as he can, much to the detriment of some good plotting and great characters.

MacBride does a very good job of most of the accents with which his characters speak, but I may be just a bit cynical in suspecting that he is giving characters accents which he can do. If so he might want to seek a second opinion on his 'Essex Girl'.

Overall an enjoyable 'listen' and good to see McRae at last winning one fight after so many second prizes, albeit injuring himself, AGAIN, in the process. If only someone in the editorial team could make the author excise the 'yeuch' factor. The books may be reduced by 50 to 100 pages but would be much improved for it.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit on 7 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
Stuart MacBride has used a true crime story as the basis for this novel, the sixth in the Logan McRae series. It serves as the main case among the Detective Sergeant's work overload, exacerbating his moodiness, drinking and smoking, all of which is heightened, of course, by his interaction with DI Steele, one of the more interesting characters in the genre. On top of her continually riding Logan, he has to cope with another superior, incompetent DI Beattie.
The main plot involves Richard Knox, a man convicted of raping an elderly grandfather.

After serving his time, Knox decides to come to Aberdeen and occupy his late grandmother's home. He is brought to the Scottish city by DI Danby, who originally arrested him. The arrival of Knox sets off waves of protest and his house is burned down. He is whisked off to a "safe" house, from which he is sooon kidnapped. Logan, among others, has the task of "protecting" Knox, so it falls to him to find him and the reason for his abduction. At the same time, DI Danby disappears, doubling Logan's task.

The lengthy novel is awash in various subplots, keeping Logan busy virtually 24/7. It seems he has to stop a flood of counterfeit currency in Aberdeen, the murder of a confidential informant, and a couple of jewelry store robberies, among other side issues. All in a day's (or week's) work. Despite the book's length, it is fast reading, tautly plotted and engrossing. Logan, Steele and the other characters are all interesting, and the dialogue, as usual, sparkling.

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