Britain's Got Talented Criminals,
This review is from: Shatter the Bones (Logan McRae, Book 7) (Paperback)
Seventh entry in the series of detective novels featuring Logan McRae investigating the mean streets of Aberdeen.
This very readable police procedural pulls off the difficult trick of being a traditional crime investigation novel as well as being a satire on Britain's celebrity culture. The implied criticism of the unreality of "reality" and talent shows is well done.
Perhaps unintentionally, MacBride shows the limits of the police-style thriller in this book. As the forces of law and order try to solve the very worst imaginable of crimes-the abduction and torture of a child-a veneer of black humour, of interdepartmental in-fighting and of banal policework removes the detectives from emotional involvement in the investigation. As soon as McRae's own safety and the safety of his family is threatened, all stops are pulled out, boundaries of legal niceties and moral codes are crossed. This makes the earlier parts of the book seem a touch half-hearted in comparison.