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Summary

She can't prove he did it. But she might die trying....

From the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of the Logan McRae series comes a stand-alone spin-off featuring DS Roberta Steel.

Revenge is a dangerous thing....

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good.

The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy. Perhaps she could try solving a few instead of harassing an innocent man?

Steel knows Wallace is guilty. And the longer he gets away with it, the more women will suffer. The question is: how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him?

©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)

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Bloody fabulous

Another triumph by Stuart MacBride,
Colourful characters, laugh out loud humour and wonderfully dark undertones. Beautifully read by Steve Worsley as usual. Do not hesitate, buy it now!

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Fudge Flavoured Wombles in Tartan Noir

The odd thing is that I didn't give this book the best chance because I was in a foul mood when I started listening to it. Half an hour later my troubles were forgotten. This is a gloriously entertaining piece of Tartan Noir from Stuart McBride featuring a lead character who feels like a genuine force of nature.

Readers of the Logan MCrae series will well remember the rather unfortunate Detective Inspector Roberta Steel who was thrown under the bus, discredited and demoted to Detective Sergeant. Steel is every bit of Scottish Detective curmudgeon, irreverence, anti-establishment sentiment and downright rudeness ever written all piled into one big bitter pile of spite. It's a brilliant and darkly humorous move that bundles all that and a strong desire for justice up into a horny married lesbian copper responsible for two young daughters.

She crashes about with the best of intentions dragging poor Tufty her partner with her intio scrape after scrape. The humour is constant though possibly a little juvenile for some.The thing that I love most about McBride is the writing style. The narrative gives even rooms and inanimate objects character. I think it's probably the first time I've ever actually felt sympathy for an interrogation room. The dialogue is brisk and has that almost Pulp Fiction nuance of not being afraid to go off on a tangent, just like people do.

All this chaos and depth needs a good performance. Steve Worsley is a great fit! Maybe his ladies don't sound the most feminine but he launches himself into the whole thing with gusto and certainly gives the impression he's enjoying this particular script.

This really is a book I would thoroughly recommend. The story and characters made me both laugh and excited. I mean it when I use the term noir above though, this isn't for the super-sensitive or the politically correct. It really does describe some very tough situations but the humanity of the characters shines through and the scene where Roberta declares that she was *trying* to be nice made me laugh out loud but showed she has a heart in there.

An extremely good use of a credit with the fudge-flavoured wombles a bonus!

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  • Brian
  • Livingston, United Kingdom
  • 18-11-17

Robert gets her own book... yippee.

Very Good story especially if you know the characters history. I like the introduction of some new sweary words. Roll on Roberta.

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All delicious loveliness.

Where does Now We Are Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there.

Any additional comments?

If you like Stuart MacBride you'll love this. If you don't, well try electro-therapy or something. Another gorgeous jolly romp from an author who get's better.

No Lazarus this time, it's all about Steel, and what's not to love about her. I did once try to join the police (too blind) but I suspect I would have never have met folk like these, but you can actually imagine a lot of the action could happen in similar outrageous ways.

Look, as said, if you like MacBride you know what he's about and will enjoy this 'instalment' of Police Scotland's finest. You've probably got it already, or will anyway, so why am I wasting my time telling you to?

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The best yet!

The latest and best in my opinion. I hesitated before buying this since it’s a Roberta Steel rather than Logan MacRae centred book but I shouldn’t have worried. Hilarious and filthy it kept me listening from start to finish. Keep writing Mr MacBride. Your readers need you!

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Very disappointed

Poor story poor reader just not
Very good shame really was looking forward to it

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Brilliant brilliant brilliant

Made me laugh out loud and a thumping good story again Stuart McBride has proved he is the master of crime

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Loved it. That woman is brilliant!!!

A spin off from the McRae series. This includes old history from these books but still lets an excellent not story with loads of humour, pathos and Steele carrying it all off. Noise to get a more rounded view of he. A laugh out load, fast paced unput downable book. Guid Scots humour, guid Scots accents. Braw

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atrocious quality narration

terrible. you've murdered a great author. I signed up for a free trial 20 minutes ago. I'll be cancelling right away.

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love the brilliant characterisations in this book

I have read most of Mr macbrides books and I love them all but this surpasses all of them. Roberta Steele is a n amazing chatactisation and I love her!!!!! Well done and can we have more please?

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  • 6catz
  • 25-11-17

Another MacBride gem!!!

Stuart MacBride is on my very short list of favorite authors that includes the likes of Adrian McKinty, Tana French, and Stuart Neville. His iconic hero, Logan MacCrea, deserves a novel’s length time off after what he’s been through, but holy mother of pearl, I miss him. Thank God for this trip back to his world of characters, this time the charge being led by the indomitable and hilarious Roberta Steele. The plot is vintage MacBride, but for me the real treat is his use of language and drive-off-the-road humor. “Everyone should have someone to love . . . To trust . . . Someone that doesn’t need shearing three times a year . . . “
What a breath of fresh air after searching through so many tedious, formulaic “thrillers.” All hail his beardiness!!!

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  • Eric
  • 08-11-17

Delightful read, wicked sense of humour.

Great production beginning to end. Wonderful narration and would be hard to go wrong with the material provided. The characters are wonderful. I have read or listened to all of MacBride’s books and it is interesting to see life from Steele’s perspective. I laughed out loud and uncontrollably more times during this book ..... not sure if it is a good thing or very, very scary to share MacBride’s sense of humour. Great book can’t wait for the next installment

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 05-11-17

Roberta gets her own book!

Really good story about Roberta Steele and her new team. There are some laugh out loud funny bits. Roberta can be maddening at times but she's a good cop. I miss Logan but this is her story.

And this includes one of the best lines ever about fake news.

Excellent narration! Waiting somewhat patiently for the next book.

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  • Rescue Mama Dog
  • 04-11-17

chocolate chocolate!

The best ! I love the character of Roberta Stone. She says what we all think.

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  • Anne
  • 26-03-18

I LOVE Stuart MacBride

Having only recently discovered this author and having listened to the Logan McRae series from beginning to current release, Stuart MacBride might just be my new fave author.

And DI/DCI/DS Roberta Steel - how could you not love her!!

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  • Paul
  • 26-03-18

Childish, comic book, dialogue does not help weak storyline

I have listened to a number of Stuart Mac bride books, and this one does not measure up. The storyline is very predictable and it’s made worked by ridiculous dialogue, comic book sound effects and name calling.

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  • zoolady
  • 14-03-18

10-1/2 hours that go by MUCH too fast!

This book is total carnival of wacky entertaining characters, quirky situations, hilarious descriptions, AND a good storyline. I love Stuart Mac Bride's writing so much, I'd happily read his grocery list! Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Bari
  • 23-01-18

Great team !

Stuart MacBride writes the stories and Steve Worsley narrates them. Worth listening to at least once a year.

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  • HoorayBacon
  • 08-01-18

Meh

Never have I so disliked a protagonist. The lead, Robert a Steele, was a lout who did virtually nothing of consequence until the final scene where... well, I can't say, but she didn't really succeed so much as others failed.

No thanks.

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  • Joseph
  • 25-12-17

Ridiculous ending

It was good right up until the end. Even fun comedic police procedurals need some sense of reality. Abracadabra the good guys win.

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