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- Publisher: HarperCollins (15 Jan. 2015)
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- Language: English
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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--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a 'development opportunity' out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing - catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal.
Then a little girl's body washes up just outside the sleepy town of Banff, kicking off a massive manhunt. The Major Investigation Team is up from Aberdeen, wanting answers, and they don't care who they trample over to get them.
Logan's got enough on his plate keeping B Division together, but DCI Steel wants him back on her team. As his old colleagues stomp around the countryside, burning bridges, Logan gets dragged deeper and deeper into the investigation.
One thing's clear: there are dangerous predators lurking in the wilds of Aberdeenshire, and not everyone's going to get out of this alive...
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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But...’Safe to talk?’ ...is okay the first 50 times...the next 50? Not so much, then I missed it.
As for Steel. In other books she’s annoyed the hell out of me. It is amusing sometimes but then she slowly became a caricature. Then she became annoying ... lazy, idle, annoying and in the end unreadable. In this book she’s redundant. Her only purpose is to root in her bra and turn up periodically to remind us she’s still there. For me the fact that she’s doggedly loyal to McRae isn’t enough...I want her to actually do something, anything, commensurate with her supposed rank. It would make a change and give her a reason to exist in the storyline that is more than just comic relief.
But all in all I’ve really loved this book. It’s different. I love that different crimes, petty or more serious happening in different places may or may not link up in the end. And there’s loose ends. Loose ends are realistic and I like that. The point of how mundane some crime is and how it genuinely is ‘the usual suspects’ most of the time.
Some of the McRae books have made me seriously debate whether I should abandon the series. Steel in particular and her endless doing nothing becomes infuriating and isn’t needed to be quite as bad as she is. But this book has restored my faith almost completely. Steel dialled back and mundane even ordinary police work gets a serious mention. Well done Stuart. This one is very good.
Must add...the ending ...had me ‘Oh no...he can’t do this, he isn’t going to go there is he ‘ and he did. I was shocked...thank you for that. A really genuinely hard edge that came out of nowhere. I’m impressed.
In his now trademark style, MacBride starts with a brutal cold open -- Logan in CID chasing a suspect through Aberdeen backstreets. Then something unique happens. Logan is posted out into the wilds of Aberdeenshire with the Teuchter plod. Back in uniform. The amount of research in this book is second to none -- this is real. It's as accurate and educational as David Simon's HOMICIDE, though with cows on the road and small-time drug dealers rather than big game. But it's still a novel -- and a very long one at that, packed with plotlines supported by characters who feel real, every action motivated. The ending is brutal, making me feel sympathy for Logan's plight all over again.
The writing style is fresh, building on the visceral style of the previous novels with even greater sense of place.
(A point of note -- you should probably read the similarly excellent, though much more low key, 22 DEAD LITTLE BODIES first. I believe that was excised from this and expanded out but it's chronologically earlier.)
Overall, it's an incredibly human book from one of the best writers alive today. Buy it.
Top international reviews
Our condemned hero Logan McRae has (been) returned to his roots - in the outer- and northernmost place of Scotland: Banff and surroundings. Here he has to prove to the Higher Echelons of the Police Forces of Scotland that he is able to manage by himself a brigade of jolly kinsmen. OK - he manages and even better, he does!
There is only one thing looming above his head: The trial of Stirling the Castrator, the perversion impersonated, a monster so slippery you will want to do something to him You never imagined. That will have a big impact on the life of Logan, who struggles along on lentil soup, only to keep up the high costs of an helping cure for his beloved Samantha, badly hurt in a previous case and almost in vegetable state - 10 points of the Glasgow Coma Scale. And along he goes - up and down the Northern Scotland Coast - teaching all he has to give to his Freshmen and -Women on the job...
Detective Inspector Steel will be there, you will want to strangle her, too, sometimes. In other moments I personally wanted to kiss her! Really, that cowish woman has more loyalty towards her hero Logan than everybody else. Defending him like a lioness would defend only her cubs - I really had to admire that!
Only thing I have to re-read is the ending. And the very end...
All that last chapter on the horrendous crimes against small children - there I would really want a more adapt closure, the present one is highly unsatisfactory for me...
The story was constructed on the finding of the body of a small girl, everything rotates around that - only to finish like that? I personally am deluded - but those are my first impressions. Maybe I will write an an update
First impression: Highly recommended police procedural - good and thrilling. But with some show-down worth a Hollywood movie - only that I doubt it would work like that in reality. Fast-paced and really worth the read. With some real kick-"chess" moments because of those gnomes of "Internal Affairs" ...:-) ..
I think it probably helps you appreciate the Scots humour if you're from Scotland or the UK (which I am).
Always keeps you interested.
A really good read.