When a stash of explicit films turn up, all featuring the victim, it looks as if someone in the local bondage community has developed a taste for violent death, and Logan gets dragged into the twilight world of pornographers, sex-shops, and S&M. To make matters worse, when they finally arrest the Granite City Rapist, Grampian Police are forced by the courts to let him go: Aberdeen Football Club's star striker has an alibi for every attack.
Could they really have got it so badly wrong? Logan thinks so, but the trick will be getting anyone to listen before the real rapist strikes again. Especially as his girlfriend, PC Jackie 'Ball Breaker' Watson, is convinced the footballer is guilty, and she's hell-bent on a conviction at any cost.
©2007 Stuart MacBride; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
"John Sessions brings the brilliantly drawn cast of characters to gorgeous - and horrible! - life." (Kati Nicholl, The Express)
Thi could've gotten somebody that could die an Aberdeen accent like, it's kinda jarrin ti hear Sessions attempt it, bit onybidy fae Aberdeenshire kens that's nae the way Aberdeen folk spik at a.
You know how they say golf is a good walk spoiled? This is the same, on two counts. First, Broken Skin is another great MacBride McRae story, aren't they all - complicated, witty, gritty, but who on earth decided to abridge it down to half a story and that John Sessions would be a good reader for it. Those two points alone stripped the stars from the rating. I have the paperback, I know the bits that are missing and they are IMPORTANT to the story. It makes me wonder whether the audiobook producers actually read the story at all. And John Sessions, a word of advice, stick to the comedy impressions, dear, because a serious audiobook narrator you are not. Sorry, but that is this experienced listener's opinion. YMMV of course.
"GRITTY CRIME set in Aberdeen, Scotland"
MacBride's characters are WONDERFUL, especially his hero?? Detective Sergeant Logan McRae. I question hero, because McRae is real enough to make 'blinders' of mistakes and errors of judgement. He is very human. The other character that I wait for is McRae's boss, Steele. Steele is magnificent! She's a bawdy, forthright, humourous and fearsome character. Actually she's much more than this, but you'll have to listen yourself to get the full measure of this creation. Quite honestly I wouldn't mind if there was NO plot because the interaction of the characters is so engaging. There is plot though and GOOD PLOT. John Sessions doesn't narrate - he performs brilliantly. DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS !
This is not a thriller, and could barely be called a mystery. It is just a day to day operation of a police station, and all the frustrations they go through trying to catch the bad guys.
They use the F___ word so many times, you would think they were young boys experimenting with their first really bad word. I would guess it is used easily over 100 times!
The reader was fantastic and very enjoyable. Perhaps he is the only reason I did not throw this one against the wall !!
"Still funny, still good"
I've anjoyed all the Logan Mcrae novels i've listened to so far. I think this i my 3rd. The best part is the comedy. There's always a serious mystery or 2 going on, but the characters are just so amusing, i always find myself laughing out loud. Good stuff. Narration was good too, definitely fits with the characters and the comical asides.
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