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Stuart MacBride
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5 Jan 2012 Logan McRae (Book 7)

The Number One bestseller from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. The seventh DS Logan McRae thriller is a gripping page-turner in which fame and fortune crash head-on with crime and punishment.

No suspects. No clues. No rest for the wicked.

'You will raise money for the safe return of Alison and Jenny McGregor. If you raise enough money within fourteen days they will be released. If not, Jenny will be killed.'

Alison and Jenny McGregor – Aberdeen's own mother-daughter singing sensation – are through to the semi-finals of TV smash-hit Britain's Next Big Star. They're in all the gossip magazines, they've got millions of YouTube hits, everyone loves them.

But their reality-TV dream has turned into a real-life nightmare. The ransom demand appears in all the papers, on the TV, and the internet, telling the nation to dig deep if they want to keep Alison and Jenny alive.

The media want action; the public displays of grief and anger are reaching fever-pitch. Time is running out, but DS Logan McRae and his colleagues have nothing to go on: the kidnappers haven't left a single piece of forensic evidence. The investigation is going nowhere.

It looks as if the price of fame just got a lot higher…

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007344244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007344246
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,533 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 Shatter the Bones:

‘It’s gripping and gritty … the tension builds layer on layer’ Express

‘MacBride at his best’ Northern Echo

Praise for Stuart MacBride:

‘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

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

About the Author

Stuart MacBride is the No.1 bestselling author of the DS Logan McRae series. His novels have won him the CWA Dagger in the Library, the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel, and Best Breakthrough Author at the ITV3 crime thriller awards. 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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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on Track 7 Jan 2011
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Aberdeen is the setting for this tale about the kidnapping of rising talent show stars Alison & her daughter Jenny McGregor. The investigation by DS Logan McRae and his colleagues at Grampian Police takes twists and turns as the media and the public demand action. The public attempt to raise the ransom while the race is on to beat deadlines laid down by the kidnappers.

I have to say I have read all of Stuart MacBride's books since his debut novel 'Cold Granite' which also featured Logan McRae, so had pre-ordered 'Shatter the Bones'. This was the 7th book in the series.
I have to be honest and state I had in fact approached this latest book with a certain amount of trepidation - having thoroughly enjoyed a number of the previous books by the author, I had felt he had gone off track a little and the levels of profanity seemed to go off the scale.

He is certainly back on track with this book. I read it in one day and couldn't put it down. A gripping tale interlaced with humour giving an unusual mix.

If you haven't read any Stuart MacBride novels before and enjoy a good police/thriller read - buy this, you won't be disappointed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a vengeance 30 Jan 2011
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If you've followed MacBride's DS Logan McRae and the Grampian Police Force over the previous six books, you'll know what to expect from these dark, gritty yet touched with a certain raw humour novels; only this seventh is better.

As others have said and as I have opined in other reviews, through MacBride, Logan seemed to have lost his way and the previous books lacked the sense of foreboding and tension we'd found in the first books. Now all that is back.

Logan is on tremendous form and even DI Steel seems to have refound her cojones. Naturally enough these days, there's a stupid Superintendant from SOCA to contend with alongside the riff-raff and worse dotted around Aberdeen.

In this book, Logan meets out his own revenge after events take a serious turn for the worse in his own life. All the while, though, he barely misses a step in his determination to find out who has kidnapped mother and daughter Z-list celebs on Reality TV - MacBride is nothing if not topical. And then, there's a missing drug-addicted woman, her less than charming boyfriend. Throw in a couple of pseudo-Yardies and we have almost a full set.

What I have omitted is the the point behind the title and here you will have to read the book to see how that shapes (or misshapes) up.

All in all, this is an excellent crime thriller - almost a drama, really, as we get to grips with The Grampians and its inhabitants. It's a pity we see these books only once a year although, on balance, it may take 12 months to settle down after reading 'Shatter The Bones', so it's perhaps as well that we give the author some time to think up some further nasties for his next Logan McRae outing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shatter the Bones 15 Jun 2011
Alison McGregor and her six-year-old daughter, Jenny, Aberdeen's huge favorites to win the competition on the hit tv show Britain's Next Big Star, have made it to the semi-finals. Suddenly they are kidnapped, and the ransom note soon received says they will be killed if an indeterminate ransom is not paid within fourteen days. Contributions are made across the country from their millions of fans. The police are stymied - there are no witnesses, and no trace of forensic evidence can be found on either the ransom notes or the gruesome videos which the police are examining, and there are absolutely no clues as to who is behind the crime. Needless to say, the media, and the public, are in an uproar, and the detectives are being hounded by both, as well as by the head of the CID and other investigative agencies.

There is a second story line dealing with a routine drug bust which goes seriously awry, with the drug dealer managing to escape despite handcuffs and the presence of numerous police officers designed to prevent just that from happening. The ramifications of this are far-reaching and brutal, and very personal for DS Logan MacRae.

This latest entry in this wonderful series moves at a slower pace than I remembered the earlier books being, perhaps reflective of the actual way in which serious crime investigations happen in real life. But trust me, by the time the reader approaches the wrap-up of this well-written tale of celebrity culture run amok, the reader will be turning the pages swiftly to reach the suspense-filled ending as time is running out and the deadline approaches.

Logan MacRae, his significant other, Samantha, and the cops on the Grampian Police force who readers have met in the earlier books are wonderfully well drawn. MacRae is a very human and believable protagonist, and I can't wait for his return in the next series entry. Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker from McBride 24 April 2011
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All too often, when an author is creating a series, the characters seem to run out of steam and the storylines become tired and contrived..Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta and Kathy Reichs' Tempe Brennan are classic examples.
Ian Rankin left Rebus still at the top of his game, and I'm sure Logan MacRae has a lot of mileage in him yet before McBride feels he's taken him as far as he can go.
This is another gritty and gripping story set against the usual granite backdrop of Aberdeen. Well constructed storyline and some wonderful characterisation..Roberta Steel could almost justify a series of her own.
This is a worthy edition to the MacRae series and its ending leaves regular readers eager for the next, as there are some important issues to be resolved.
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