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3.0 out of 5 stars DS Logan McRae - Turning Into 'Kenny' from Southpark?, 10 July 2010
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This review is from: Blind Eye (Logan McRae, Book 5) (Paperback)
I have read and enjoyed author Stuart MacBride's previous books featuring the city of Aberdeen and DS Logan McRae and his colleagues in Grampian Police. In this latest story he is in pursuit of a man who blinds his victims in the most horrific way - even going so far as to target local gang boss Simon McLeod.

BUT - I'm afraid the 'witty banter' and the chaotic lives of the main police characters are in real danger of overshadowing any detective plot in this latest book. Lesbian DI Roberta Steele and her partner are keen for a baby but would a DI really suggest that her underling help out with a 'donation' to get her girlfriend pregnant? Not asking in a discreet way but suggesting it whilst at work in the police station? The heavy drinking of the DI is supposedly covered up by Logan who, having found her very much the worse for wear at the sea front, takes her to a crime scene, leaves her in his car - and no other officer at the same crime scene notices?

The days when police officers could go to work drunk (or even severly hungover) without getting a severe reprimand are gone. The amount of 'accidents' which occur in the course of arrests and pursuits is becoming laughable and DS Logan McRae has only a slightly better shelf life than poor little Kenny in Southpark. In this book, a visit to Poland results in a near death experience via a bomb in a flat - yet he is back at work within 72 hours!

Please, Stuart MacBride - reign in the comedy to a few dry, witty lines, research the consequences of the more outrageous behaviour of your police characters (stashing a peadophile witness in the home of the DI without the knowledge of her partner???) and get back on track with your next book.
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