The new Logan McRae thriller set in gritty Aberdeen, from the bestselling author of Cold Granite and Dark Blood.
'You will raise money for the safe return of Alison and Jenny McGregor. If you raise enough money within fourteen days they will be released. If not, Jenny will be killed. 'Alison and Jenny McGregor - Aberdeen's own mother-daughter singing sensation - are through to the semi-finals of TV smash-hit Britain's Next Big Star. They're in all the gossip magazines, they've got millions of YouTube hits, and everyone loves them.
But their reality-TV dream has turned into a real-life nightmare. The ransom demand appears in all the papers, on the TV, and the internet, telling the nation to dig deep if they want to keep Alison and Jenny alive. The media want action; the public displays of grief and anger are reaching fever-pitch. Time is running out, but DS Logan McRae and his colleagues have nothing to go on: the kidnappers haven't left a single piece of forensic evidence. The investigation is going nowhere.
It looks as if the price of fame just got a lot higher...
©2010 Stuart MacBride (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A terrific writer ... bodies abound, blood flows freely and McRae is a delight." (The Times)
"Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field ... etched in the darkest of hues and with dialogue so sharp you might cut yourself." (Independent)
"Hard-hitting prose with a bone-dry humour and characters you can genuinely believe in, Stuart MacBride's Logan McRae series of novels are a real treat." (Simon Kernick)
"Another great book from MacBride"
I have enjoyed all of MacBride's books and was eagerly awaiting this release. I was not disappointed.
Twists and turns through the book mean that you are left guessing who dunit until the last few pages.
Get it - you wont regret it
"Fast and funny. A great read!"
A great, fast paced story with brilliant characters. This is the first book in ages that has made me want to work longer just so I could listen a bit more!
Despite the gore, profanities and sometimes infuriating incompetence of certain characters, this novel is really funny. I especially loved the descriptions of people in the book, and have got some of the insults stored for future use!
The narration was great too. It was really nice to hear a Scottish novel read by a Scottish narrator. I have never read (or listened to) anything by Stuart MacBride before, but I'm now a fan, and am just about to download another of the Logan McRae series!
"Great and gripping excitement"
Once again Stuart McBride takes us on a big dipper of tension, wonderful characters, and humour. This story is not for everyone, but devotees of Logan McCrae will love it. Once again Logan McCrae picks his way through a heap of criminal matters, using his unconventional manner, but often achieving the right result, but not always keeping to the rules. One of my favourite characters is Det. Insp. Steel, a difficult, cantankerous, foul mouthed, yet with a hidden warmth and affection. If you like your books un predictable, then this is for you, however, read the previous books first and in order. Enjoy!!
"KEEP 'EM COMING"
I started reading Stuart MacBride after hearing him being interviewed on the radio. His humour definitely struck a chord, and continues to do so. No matter how profane, gory, irreverent or surreal, his books make me laugh out loud - a lot. Having him read his own book was a bonus. (Note for Stuart - never let strangers read your stuff ever again.)
"A laugh and a cringe"
Entertaining! A good book should entertain! McBride's characters always make me laugh and the extremes of incompetence, implausibility, success and violence marry to make a very listenable book. I look forward to the next but I like a year between them!
"Maybe it's because I'm an Aberdeen quine..."
Hugely entertaining though totally implausible but with the best array of North East accents I've heard since 'Scotland the What?'. I've not lived in Aberdeen for 20 years now so perhaps nostalgia played a part but I'll be going back and listening to the previous Logan McRae books. At least until the next Connelly comes out.
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