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Logan McRae (1) - Cold Granite [Hardcover]

Stuart MacBride
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)

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Book Description

3 May 2005

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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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition, First Impression edition (3 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007193130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007193134
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,692 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 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

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It can be grim in Aberdeen. But now it’s sheer, bloody murder.

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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
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
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
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
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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars cold granite
Very well written and a book that keeps you gripped perched on the edge of your seat. You won't want yo put it down. Love the dry humour too, and the gritty storyline. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Gill Canham
1.0 out of 5 stars aberdeen weather
According to Mr Macbride Aberdeen has more rain than anywhere else in the U.K. In fact Aberdeen is one of the driest places because of its north east location. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
If you thought that you could work out who had done what,you would be wrong.This book keeps you wondering from the start just when one bit is unravelled another bit clouds over... Read more
Published 27 days ago by babjean
5.0 out of 5 stars First time reader of Stuart MacBride
Great read. Can't wait to read the other books in the series. Really enjoyed reference to local places. Thoroughly recommend.
Published 28 days ago by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Another new author on me, this is a great book, that keeps you turning the pages. Looking forward to book 2
Published 1 month ago by V Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars First of many!
Thought I'd start at the beginning of the Logan McCrae detective books and wasn't disappointed. Downloaded the second in the series the minute I finished the first, but need a bit... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marjorie Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The story, place descriptions and characters in the book were excellent. Definitely worth a read if you like crime fiction.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Daily
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted, written with dark humor a gritty and...
Not for the faint hearted, written with dark humor a gritty and disturbing story of a child serial killer on the loose in Aberdeen
Published 1 month ago by Alex Morrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Slightly slow to start but the wait was worthwhile. A superb read indeed from a newcomer to Stuart MacBride writing!
Published 1 month ago by New to McBride
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
Great book right from the start. This is the first Stuart Macbride i've read and has left me wanting more. Good story, decent characters and not over the top with detail.
Published 1 month ago by Mazurka
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