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5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a vengeance, 30 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Shatter the Bones (Logan McRae, Book 7) (Hardcover)
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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