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The Blood Road

Logan McRae, Book 11
Narrated by: Steve Worsley
Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (419 ratings)
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Summary

Some things just wont stay buried.

The number one Sunday Times best-selling author returns with the much anticipated new Logan McRae thriller.

What drives someone to murder?

Logan McRae's personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he's policing his fellow officers.

When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the drivers seat of a crashed car, it's a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago. They buried him. Or they thought they did.

As an investigation is launched into Bell's stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what's so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead?

But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers - and there are people out there who will kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can't stop them, DI Bell won't be the only one to die.

©2018 Stuart MacBride (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

Praise for Stuart MacBride: "MacBride is a damned fine writer." (Peter James)

"A satisfyingly compelling thriller." (Sunday Mirror)

"Crime fiction of the highest order." (Mark Billingham)

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Together Again

If you are listening to this you have probably listened to the other Logan McRae books too - you’ll know what to expect and you’ll get it. But this is particularly fun because the whole gang are reunited (“whoot”) and as wonderfully funny as ever. The plot satisfies all the hints dropped in previous books. I’m only a little anxious that there may be a slight suggestion of finality in the getting together of our favourites into an ultimately well functioning unit but I am really hoping there will still be many many more stories with McRae, Steel, Rennie & Tufty et al. Please?

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  • Mrs Mac
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 26-07-18

Blood Road is end of the road for me

This was my least favourite Logan book! Took ages to get through it as I had no eagerness to listen unlike previous books in the series.
The relationship between Logan & Steel is one of the best things about this series and the lack of it in this book had a huge impact for me.. missed the banter. Found I’d lost connection with Logan too and his lack of familiar connections in this book made it less interesting.. I didn’t care about the characters. There was no rapport.
The story line wasn’t great either. Paedophile rings ..who was going to enjoy that story line. Weakest one for me and possibly the end of the road. Shame as I was so into Logan & Steel

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The blood road Stuart McBrides best yet

Gripping and excellent narration I - so good I didn’t want it to end. So many twists and turns. A story of tragedy and cruelty but as with most McBride books interspersed with wit and humor- totally believable. Can’t wait for the next Logan and Roberta outing - first class.

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A little disappointing

Didn't seem to reach the standards we have come to expect from this excellent author

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Another great Logan McRae book

I love all Stuart MacBride's 'Logan McRae' books. He is a brilliant writer with some wonderful and funny 'sayings' between the characters, especially Logan and Steele. These books are all brought to life by Steve Worsley. He is a wonderful narrator and I couldn't imagine these stories being read by anyone else. Fantastic combination of writer and narrator!

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Brilliant Login Mc Rae and Steele

I absolutely loved it! I wish Stuart could two more of these books a year.

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Great

Another great Logan MacRae story, with a gripping plot, plenty of thrills and the feeling that you are back amongst friends. I love this series and despite the unpleasant subject matter, which is regrettably all too real, MacBride delivers once again.

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Excellent

As usual, a brilliant book, with excellent narration. Some disturbing scenes, but integral to the story. Look forward to the next installment in the Logan McRae series.

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Logan McCrae TheHero Again

A very dark story where it is impossible to feel sorry for any but the most obvious victims.
Great to have Steele and Logan together again and sidekicks Tufty and Rennie add to the fare.
Steve Worsley ,once again, does more than justice to MacBride’s gritty prose.

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Stuart MacBride at his best

book 11 in the Logan McRea series.

Inspector Logan MacRae was working for Professional Standards and should not be involved in criminal investigations but things don't work out that way.

Douglas 'Ding-Dong' Bell, an Inspector buried with full Police honours two years earlier, turns up as what appears to be a car crash victim. In fact he had been stabbed and McRea is set the task of finding out how this has happened, who was buried two years earlier, and why and how this had happened.

Things get even more muddled when they find a connection between Bell and an ongoing investigation into missing children. 

Steel is back, now as a DC, grumpier than ever and now with Logan as a superior officer!

This is book 11 in the series but one of the best. The additional new characters and Logan’s change of job helps keep things fresh. The subject matter might make parts difficult to read but are integral to the story.

It is one of those series where if you like one you will enjoy them all!

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  • George Eliot
  • 22-10-18

Complaining gets to be a bit much

Plots are engrossing but everyone bitches all the time. Supposed to be funny but becomes quite tiresome.

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  • Simon
  • 30-07-18

Another great Logan McRae book

It’s hard not to like this series of books, the flawed characters are easy to identity with, in fact it’s quite possible you know someone at work just like one of them. It goes deeper than just the characters and storyline though, the subject matter is at times hard going and tackles a number of emotive issues during the course of the book. The plot is complex and you’re always left wanting more, whenever you press pause.

All in all a great read!

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  • wbc
  • 06-07-18

What happened?!

I love this series and was quite excited when The Blood Road was released. However, it fell flat for me. Even the narration was off and Steve Worsley had been flawless up to this point. It sounded as though he had forgotten the character voices. Logan didn't sound like himself and Robertta, wasn't even close. I found that a distraction trying to figure out who was speaking.
No spoilers here. When "you know who" was brought in I found that hard to swallow and was never given much of a reason for the choices he made.
Reny is under used and in this one his personality was not in line with past stories. Roberta is such a great character and again her role seemed limited and the conversations between she and Logan were repetitive. Banter only goes so far.
I will give another installment in the series a go and hope it gets back on track.

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  • katyb
  • 22-06-18

Argh! Finished and I have to wait for the next one

Love this series! Perfect blend of mystery, comedy, and great characters. The narrator couldn't be better - sounds like it was written for him. Can't wait for the next in the series!

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  • Clive Byerley
  • 31-10-18

Oh do get on!

This darkly funny and at times gruesome detective novel is peopled with flawed police and pathetic victims of man’s beastly behaviour. Beautifully read with strong characterisations. My ONLY caveat is pace. Towards the end I was shouting at my phone for some action as dithering in a novel is tiresome. I’d say five chapters too long. Editor please note. Most enjoyable. Have just bought two more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-18

Chilling story

Steve Worsley performed superbly as usual. The story lagged a little bit in places but not enough to spoil it.

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  • Margaret
  • 12-07-18

A tedious listen.

As I was listening to this, I remembered why I stopped reading MacBride's books. They're very slow. It takes forever for the action to progress. And it's very serious subject matter interspersed with a lot of silliness. Too much "filler". The narrator was more than adequate given the material. My last MacBride.

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  • 6catz
  • 26-06-18

Wow, I needed that

I LOVE Logan McRae and every single character in his world, right down to Kthulu the cat. There’s something about the way MacBride puts words together that makes me feel connected to his characters in a way that few authors can. This time out we meet a sadder, harder Logan, still talking to himself and Kthulu, tentatively exploring a new relationship, working in Standards and Practices and dealing with the most evil denizens Aberdeen has to offer. Steve Worsely is outstanding as always. Hope it never ends!