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In the Cold Dark Ground (Logan McRae, Book 10) Hardcover – 14 Jan 2016

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (14 Jan. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007494645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007494644
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 4.6 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The new book will be catnip to MacBride admirers: brutal, unsparing and plotted with the kind of assurance that is a sine qua non for this writer’ Barry Forshaw, Independent

‘Skilful storytelling … a satisfyingly chunky, compelling thriller’ Sunday Mirror

Praise for THE MISSING AND THE DEAD:

Exciting … a guaranteed bestseller’ Literary Review

‘New Logan McRae novels are close to the top of my unmissable list, and yet again MacBride delivers. His chaotic cop hero is at his best. Superb storytelling’ Sun

‘Another from MacBride’s fantastic series of Logan McRae novels. A real page-turner’ Sunday Mirror

‘Stuart’s meticulous research shows. At times it feels like you are sitting in the back of a police car overhearing conversations between real policemen’ Sunday Sport

‘Another riveting page-turner … emotional and affecting.’ Independent on Sunday

‘Skilful storytelling … strong characterisation … both intriguing and engrossing’ Laura Wilson, Guardian

‘The multiple plots move fast’ Independent

Praise for Stuart MacBride:

‘MacBride is the natural heir to the late and much lamented Reginald Hill’ Andrew Taylor, Spectator

‘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

‘Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field’ Independent

‘Admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven – or should that be hell?’ Express

‘Ferocious and funny’ Val McDermid

‘Hard-hitting prose with a bone-dry humour and characters you can genuinely believe in, Stuart MacBride’s novels are a real treat’ Simon Kernick

About the Author

Stuart MacBride is the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels. His work has won several prizes and in 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Dundee University.

Stuart lives in the north-east of Scotland with his wife, Fiona, cat Grendel, and other assorted animals.


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The wait has been long but it was worth it. Another stunning book from Mr MacBride. It has everything you want from a Logan McRae story, twists, turns and misdirections galore along with the wit and banter that you come to expect of any story featuring our hapless hero and DCI Steel.

So Logan is still out in the sticks, still running B division, still not quite having managed to finish repairs to his house. Compared to Aberdeen CID, the pace in the boondocks is frantic (is there a bigger police crisis known to man than the vending machine running out of chocolate?). Logan and his team are busy protecting the streets of Banff and Macduff and trying to prevent the Great Bacon & Cheese robbery, while also coordinating the search for a missing local businessman, a search which turns up something very unexpected in the woods. Enter stage left Steel and her Major Investigation Team including the ever odd Rennie, and the stage is set for another entertaining tale.

Throw in a Superintendent from Serious Crimes, who seems to take an instant dislike to Logan, the reason for which you won't see coming, a tragic side tale many stories in the making, a healthy dose of double crossing, the rapidly ailing Wee Hamish Mowat and Logan's new 'bestest buddy' Reuben right at his throat (guts, face, back shoulder - anything is a fair target really...) and a cameo appearance by Malk the Knife, and the few short days the story is set over may well be some of the longest in Logan's life.

Honestly, I kind of want Logan to catch a break sometime, and the guy has more lives than a cat, deftly proven again in this story several times - they don't call him Lazarus for no reason. But then again, you kind of don't want him to have it easy, as it's almost more fun that way.
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Read this in a day, and could truly not put it down. It's been beside me cooking the supper and on the pick up from the kids school run.
The book keeps you gripped all the way through the sad depressing moments, and Steels mishaps and comedy songs along the lines of itching and diseases!! Not going to write about the plot and be a spoilsport, but it's the best book in the Logan series for me now. Hope Stuart has a wee dram then cracks on with the next book !!
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It's the best one yet! Mind you I do say that after every MacBride book (even 22 Dead Little Bodies and I NEVER read novellas).Logan McRae, the inimitable DCI Steel and the rest of the crew are as lovable and as bonkers as ever as they charge their way through a plot full of dodgy characters you'll carry in your head forever. And now we have two new additions to look forward to - wee sis Niamh Harper and the glorious John Urquhart (who has provided me with a fab new way of answering the phone). Keep 'em coming Mr MacB and please please never sell out to films or TV.
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Another bloody year before we are rescued from the cliffhangers. Still this was the usual exciting episode in the blighted life of Logan McRae. A good, respected policeman who seems to fall into tangles of intrigue that he doesn't deserve. Losing Samantha was heartbreaker I found this trial of our hero heartbreaking. His involvement with gangland boss Mowat frustrating. The softer side of DI Sfeele in supporting Logan through his ordeal with Samantha made the ending even more hard to understand, given the complexity of Logan's shady dealings. Yet through it all he remains an honest man with integrity and honour. Just how much more can he take Stuart?
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The really great creation for me is the alternative universe that Mr MacBride has fashioned, as intricate and maintained as any "Discworld." The characters are spectacularly unpleasant to each other, even the friends, both verbally and physically: the graph of police to criminals is a blurred continuum: the plot threads bonkers - would a crime lord really expect the most moral police officer in the series to take over his empire, could Logan possibly function after suffering enough violence to kill three people, let alone one? And yet Mr MacBride sucks us into the hokum and makes us eager to know what happens next and actually to like those who populate the novel. The Logan - Samantha dilemma is particularly moving, Urquhart is a brilliant addition to the cast with lots of possibilities, though I'm not so sure of the new found sister, Harper. Weaponless, injured Logan turns into action man at the end, defies all odds and saves the day ... and then we close the book - or kindle - and return to our own universe having enjoyed another escapist, black-humoured space jaunt. Bizarrely addictive bunkum, two thirds of which can be the headline.
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I don't buy many books in hardback as soon as they come out, but the Logan McRae series is an exception. I just love the stories and all the characters. This is a long and fairly complex book, but I still read it very quickly as it was just 'unputdownable'. My husband is a retired Detective Police Superintendent and reads the books laughing, humphing and saying things like 'Steel is just unbelievable'. I say to him 'it's fiction'. On that note, I don't think that anyone could take the beatings that McRea and Steel take without serious brain damage (perhaps that's the answer!!). Now I probably have to wait a whole year for Logan McRae Book 11 - just what is going to happen to them all.
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