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Summary

The new Logan McRae novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of Close of the Bone and A Song for the Dying.

One mistake can cost you everything…When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a ‘development opportunity' out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire.

Welcome to divisional policing - catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal.

Then a little girl's body washes up just outside the sleepy town of Banff, kicking off a massive manhunt. The Major Investigation Team is up from Aberdeen, wanting answers, and they don't care who they trample over to get them.

Logan's got enough on his plate keeping B Division together, but DCI Steel wants him back on her team. As his old colleagues stomp around the countryside, burning bridges, Logan gets dragged deeper and deeper into the investigation.

One thing's clear: there are dangerous predators lurking in the wilds of Aberdeenshire, and not everyone's going to get out of this alive…

©2014 Stuart MacBride (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"MacBride is the natural heir to the late and much lamented Reginald Hill" ( Andrew Taylor, Spectator)
"MacBride is a damned fine writer - no one does dark and gritty like him' Peter James‘Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order' Mark Billingham‘Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field' Independent‘Admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven - or should that be hell?' Express‘Ferocious and funny' Val McDermid‘Hard-hitting prose with a bone-dry humour and characters you can genuinely believe in, Stuart MacBride's novels are a real treat' Simon Kernick

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Glad I persevered

I've loved all of the Logan McRae books and pre-ordered this one as soon as I could. I had a long car journey to get through and I was sure this was just what I needed. For the first couple of hours I kept waiting for the big case to start and began to get frustrated when the story wandered around from case to case. I very nearly gave up when I got to the end of my car journey and we still hadn't got our teeth into anything like the usual Logan McRae adventure. I'm very glad I kept going though as I eventually got sucked into the day to day routine and got more involved in the numerous cases that Logan dealt with. The tension and excitement grew and by the end I was very sad it was over. Although this book wasn't what I'd expected at the outset, it really was very enjoyable and I can't wait for the next one.
The narration by Steve Worsley is fantastic.

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Another great Logan book

I've now listened to all the unabridged Logan books and this one didn't disappoint! Love Steele - she has a heart there somewhere!

You do need to listen to these in order as the background follows through the series. Another great listen from MacBride - more please....

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Can't wait for next Logan McRae

This was a great listen with brilliant narration and a riveting storyline with humour and suspense waiting for follow up

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Glad to see Logan back!!

I always wait with baited breath for the new Logan McRae books to come out (January is my official Xmas lol) and I am always delighted with the my new purchase! This one was no exception!
Although it was set in Banff rather than the usual Aberdeen (where I live) and was a little harder to imagine the areas through out the story due to not being so familiar with the Banff area I did still really enjoy the story.
Steel is back on form too!! 😂

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Brilliant as usual

Had me laughing at time, sad at others. Descriptions are rich, leaving you to see and feel the surroundings. Plot - it works well. Could do with slapping Logan at times but I will leave that to Steal. Sadly will now have to wait for the next instalment.

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Sodding disappointment.

Having been a fan of the Logan macrae books since the beginning, it's a shame to read one that's so obvious, derivative and plain tired as this. If you haven't noticed them dipping in quality recently then you might still fancy this, but if you have then give it a miss. If you're thinking to read this as your first of the series, don't bother, go and read from the beginning, they're still excellent books.

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Another great book

Funny, sad and a great storyline. Stuart Macbride has done it again. 'Laz' is a great character and I cannot wait for the next book.

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Logan Rides Again

If you are a regular MacBride reader, love Logan McRae, be prepared for a surprise. There is a total change of location, out of Aberdeen and into the sticks, and a new set of characters to get to know, although Steel is still as obnoxious as ever. Cue a whole new set of problems for Logan. Can the poor guy ever get a break? Also a new style for MacBride, too. Apart from the odd mild curse, the swearing is cut right out. Is he writing for a new, wider audience? Maybe.

Steve Worsley's narration is spot on, as usual, employing a wide range of regional accents to add extra dimension to the characters. This is the third of MacBride's novels he has narrated, easily becoming the 'voice' of Logan McRae, and long may he do so.

The full five stars to both MacBride and Steve Worsley for entertainment value and performance. The next Logan book can't come soon enough.

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great book

great books always a great listen cannot wait until book 10. keep them coming for years to come

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A good friend is back ...

This is a great series; comedy, tragedy and real life rub along well. Logan is as good as ever and his "Mum" DI Steel provides lots of smiles. Perhaps not the strongest story in the nine books so far, but it was good spending time with old friends in a different location.

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  • 6catz
  • 12-01-17

Even better the second time

What does Steve Worsley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

With a dead-on ear for MacBride's humor and humanity, Worsley captures the author's characters beautifully. I read the e-book first because the audio wasn't available for some time, and found that I really missed the Scottish accent. He's the perfect voice for both Logan and Steele, no small trick.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Everything about Logan's steadfast devotion to the comatose shell that was Samantha is moving for me, more so because MacBride avoids being maudlin or overly sentimental.

Any additional comments?

I love this series. Sometimes when I've come off a bad streak of disappointing mysteries I go back and re-listen to one of the Logan Macrea novels - like a breath of fresh air, they are by turns tragic, horrifying, laugh-out-loud funny, always wonderfully written and driven by a truly heroic, flawed central character. Always leaves me wanting more.

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I so enjoy the humor that pops up in this book. Now I'm off to choose another in the series.