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Summary

A gripping stand-alone thriller from the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of the Logan McRae series.

Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from.

But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting. O Division's Major Investigation Teams already have more cases than they can cope with, so, against everyone's better judgment, the Misfit Mob are just going to have to manage this one on their own. No one expects them to succeed, but right now they're the only thing standing between the killer's victims and a slow, lingering death. The question is, can they prove everyone wrong before he strikes again?

©2017 Stuart MacBride (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Dark and gripping. A riveting page-turner." ( Independent on Sunday)
"MacBride is a damned fine writer." (Peter James)
"A satisfyingly compelling thriller." ( Sunday Mirror)
"Skilful storytelling...strong characterisation...both intriguing and engrossing." ( Guardian)
"MacBride's thrillers just keep getting better." ( Express)
"Exciting ...a guaranteed bestseller." ( Literary Review)
"Unmissable.... Superb storytelling." ( Sun)
"Crime fiction of the highest order." (Mark Billingham)
"A terrific writer...Logan McRae is a delight." ( The Times)

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Absolutely amazing

I loved this book, I loved the plot, I loved the characters, I loved the narration, I really appreciated that it was so long, I did not want it to finish.

Steve Worsley's performance was brilliant as always.

If you like the Logan McRae stories, I reckon you'll love this, unless you're a stickler for realism, then perhaps it's one to give a miss, if, like myself, you love it when fiction is, for once, stranger than truth, then give it go.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia
  • scunthorpe, United Kingdom
  • 25-04-17

MAGNUM OPUS - OVER 21 HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT

I was entertained, intrigued, scared and in suspense for every minute of this book. the narrator is excellent. the story was unusual and full of twists and turns. well done Mr McBride. Does it really have to be a stand alone? I enjoyed it every bit as much as a Logan Mcrae book.

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  • Jo
  • leicester, United Kingdom
  • 29-04-17

Fantastic!

I loved this book! The characters in the misfit mob are so engaging, I really hope there will be more from them! It was nice to have a police story with a sense of humour and I actually laughed out loud several times!

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  • RobsTracy
  • Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
  • 26-04-17

Stuart MacBride at his best!

What made the experience of listening to A Dark So Deadly the most enjoyable?

The most enjoyable things about A Dark So Deadly were the story, the characters and the narration - loved it all!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dark So Deadly?

Probably the denouement even though I did guess who the killer was before the big reveal it was still done in a brilliant way. It was a strange feeling actually liking the killer!

What about Steve Worsley’s performance did you like?

Everything, Steve reads the Logan McRae books too and I always love his narration.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Never meet your hero's!

Any additional comments?

I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. I'm a massive fan of the Logan McRae books and thought this would be less enjoyable, I'm pleased to say I was very wrong, I loved it! I really, really hope that Stuart decides to make this a series - pretty please!

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  • Anne
  • Oldham, United Kingdom
  • 28-04-17

totally captivating

one of the best plots I've listened to this year. I did recapp a couple of chapters as there is so much going on. The reveal at the end is class

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Fabulous and haunting

Plots within plots, believable characters, made me laugh, cry, jump out of my skin and hold my breath in equal measure.
Stuart MacBride has surely written Book 1 of a new series!
The narration was equal to the quality of this book and enhanced every heart stopping twist.
We need another one of these soon please Mr MacB

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Dark, witty, nasty, and entertaining.

Ok, I found the central character a little too like Logan Macrae from the authors other novels, and the quantity of (smoked) red herrings cast about the place to be a bit much, but other than that, this is utterly enjoyable.

Although the cast of characters are drawn in only bold lines for the most part, they are still distinctive and put to good use. The plot is nice and twisty, and when you guess ahead of reveals it's not annoying. The 'procedural' elements of the plot move everything along nicely, while the real entertainment comes from the dialogue.

Classic MacBride, I hope he keeps them coming.

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Long book, worth reading

Where does A Dark So Deadly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The length of the book really gave the story some authenticity. Lots of other crime novels that I've read in the past aren't long enough to allow the characters to develop into fully fledged people within a plausible story.

What other book might you compare A Dark So Deadly to, and why?

Any title by RD Wingfield, as the style is somewhat reminiscent of Frost.

Have you listened to any of Steve Worsley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Given the long length of the book and the awkward things that MacBride made him do, like rapping, I highly rate his versatility.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At over 20 hours? This book took me a week, so all in one sitting is ludicrous.

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Loved it

Do you know what?? I really enjoyed this book so much. I didn't actually think I would at first as it really took me time to get into for some reason but I'm glad I stuck with it. It was a right little gem...... annnnnd I didn't work out who 'dunnit'!

The Narrator was excellent too!

Would love a follow up :)

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Superb

Stuart Macbride at his best. gritty funny and heartwarming. Steve Worsley is a great narrator.

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  • 6catz
  • 24-04-17

Deranged and Murder-ey

If you could sum up A Dark So Deadly in three words, what would they be?

Macabre, Clever, Hilarious

Any additional comments?

Meet the Misfit Mob: a senior officer with coronary problems, a haiku-spouting detective sergeant with terminal cancer and a literary bent, a couple more with anger management issues, a recently disabled female DC who calls her wheelchair Keith, and our hero, Callum MacGregor, wrongly accused of corruption, which is just the first and least of his problems.

MacBride packs a lot into this one, and this is the first time I've balked at a few of the plot twists, which were a little hard to swallow, but who cares? The cast is entertainingly quirky, the hero a classicly imperfect good soul in the mold of my beloved Logan MacCrea, the story is character driven, and while the horror is worthy of the latest M Night Shyamalan movie the oh-so-Scottish humor and dialogue kept me listening nonstop and laughing out loud.

True MacBride fans will also savor the nuggets from other books that pop up with a wink and a nod: the return of Alice, (yay!!) mad profiler from the Ash Henderson novels; a band called Halfhead; a records keeper named Winston Smith (check your Orwell), an oil painting of a pear tree (12 Days of Xmas). As His Beardiness Himself would say, it's all deranged and murder-ey. A bit more scrambled than usual but still tasty. Loved it.

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  • Donna
  • 24-05-17

FIVE

Scotland, present day, police procedural, humor, unusual murder, lots of interesting characters. Not especially bloody, I will read more by this author. The narrator adds a rich reading.

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  • Denise Dunham
  • 07-07-17

OMG, Loved it!

Anyone who says it is typical or predictable...lied. Dour Scots, humour, action , twists and thoroughly enjoyable. I bought this because i was going on a long trip and wanted a long book to listen to but with somewhat low expectations . I didn't want it to end!

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  • Finstercat
  • 23-08-17

Twists and turns - hold on for the end!

At first I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book; I wasn't sure that I was going to care enough about the characters to invest my time in it. The main character seems, at first, to be mad at the world, depressed, and disgusted with everything. He works with people who don't like him, don't trust him, and take every opportunity to make his life as miserable as possible. And even the universe is conspiring against him. How can you relate to someone like that?

But hold on! The longer I listened, the more I started to realize that underneath that grim exterior was someone who actually believed in the worth and value of (some) of his fellow humans, in spite of his life experience, and who was determined to make the best he could out of some truly unfortunate situations. So by the middle of the book I was firmly on the side of the protagonist...even as he continued to be the butt of the universe's cruelest jokes.

I also truly enjoyed so much of this author's clever and unexpected, but fitting,metaphors. How many times his very original turns of phrase evoked that mental "Oh yeah!" reaction: That in itself was enough to keep me hooked.

So I would advise anyone who starts this book to hang in there - it will be finally and ultimately be time well spent.

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  • Valerie
  • 19-08-17

Gruesome gory and awful

I hated this book - it went into minute detail of horrible gruesome human torchure and then kept doing it over and over again. I woke up from nightmares and finally quit reading and deleted it when I saw the there were 50 more chapters. Why do authors feel they need to do this to make a book interesting.

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  • Tom D
  • 24-05-17

Couldn't Finish

What disappointed you about A Dark So Deadly?

The audio volume changes forced me to stop listening. The narrator may nearly whisper for 5 minutes, then break out is a shout that's so loud it's painful. The whispering mostly doesn't make sense; it isn't necessary. The shouting fits with something appropriately noisy in the plot. No idea if this is a narration, sound engineering or personal problem.

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  • Ted
  • 31-05-18

Interesting Idea

Teleportation is a great fantasy. Stuart MacBride's got a twist here that carries well through the entire book.This is almost in the style of Michael Chrichton: you know, a scientific mystery followed by an adventure. After A Dark So Deadly I'll never again imagine teleportation without a tiny shiver.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 08-04-18

Absolutely worth a credit!

Like many audible members, often listening to a book a day, I spend almost as much time reading reviews of recommended if you like this book. While I do not think I would like the MacBride series, sounds too brutal for my tastes, this stand alone has fabulous reviews. I gave it a try, did not find the laugh out loud humor some reviewers stated, however, I did enjoy the dark comedy. Anytime you get a great listen of twenty plus hours, truly good narration, and an exceptional mystery, it is worth a credit, even if, like me, excuse the pun, it is not your cup of tea .

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 30-12-17

So good!

After a slow start (at least for me) this was 20+ hours of listening pleasure! The Misfits are a great group of characters and they are certainly characters! Each is in the squad for some prior mistake/indiscretion/medical condition but they're all good cops. There are several storylines going on here. They tend to make me think I have things figured out and then Wham! something else happens. This was terrific!

I didn't want it to end!

The narration was good. The production had some flaws - it sounded like a different narrator at Chapter 33. At one point I swear MacGregor was called "DS MacGregor."

Stuart MacBride is at his brilliant best here. All emotions come into play. I certainly hope we have more of these misfit coppers to look forward to. In addition to Logan and Steele.

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  • Carly
  • 27-11-17

Grew on me then totally hooked me in.

I did a complete 360 with this book, struggled to get into it & then boom, all of a sudden I was obsessed, hook line & sinker. PS, the narration is awesome, and the narrator deserves a prize for best "arrrrghs!" and "gahhhs!".... cracks me up everytime.

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