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Logan McRae - Book 8
on 21 May 2015
I have read all of the previous 7 in this series and this is definitely helpful in terms of understanding the characters and some of the references made. Grayson Perry said "Artists ... put jokes in their work. I think it's part of reflecting human life" - and this, for me, could apply to Stuart MacBride's art of writing. There is a lot of both light and very dark humour which I can laugh at - then underneath the surface there is a deeper truth highlighted as to why a person behaves and reacts in certain ways.
The huge amount of research carried out in bleaker areas really comes through, ie. an autopsy, forensic anthropology and the reader is always given the rationale for murder from the criminal's point of view which seem to make some sense to them.
As other reviewers have said, characterisation is over the top, - Steel is always mentioned and that no way would she serving in the Police Service today and definitely not running CID. I did agree somewhat in this novel with Dr Marks in that her constant references were overkill and then in danger of not being so funny. Generally, I think so what, MacBride is an artist and this brilliantly over the top characters always reveal a truth under the surface.
Unusually the story line dragged a bit for me but conversely the parts involving Logan and Samantha were very emotional.