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Stuart Macbride
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June 16 2005 Logan McRae (Book 1)
Stuart MacBride's Number One bestselling crime series opens with this award-winning debut. DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets. Winter in Aberdeen: murder, mayhem and terrible weather...It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Three-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he's only the first. There's a serial killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood. Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die. And if Logan isn't careful, he could end up joining them...

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Starred Review. Relentless rain reflects the tormented mood that permeates MacBride's impressive debut set in Aberdeen, Scotland. Det. Sgt. Logan MacRae, back from a lengthy convalescence caused by a crazed suspect's knife attack, is plunged straightaway into the investigation of a brutally murdered child. To make matters worse, the victim's family learns of the death from a reporter before the police have a chance to inform them. Angered and embarrassed by the press leak, Logan, aided by WPC Jackie Watson, vows to expose the source within the precinct. Enter Colin Miller, flashy journalist, who befriends Logan, causing suspicious stares from Logan's superiors. More children go missing, and soon the populace of Aberdeen is screaming for blood. Further inciting the rabble, a notorious defense attorney earns acquittal for a habitual child molester. As a result, a hapless, ruined scholar–turned–street sweeper becomes a scapegoat for the chilling fear that grips the community. Logan must eliminate the distractions caused by the sensational publicity and summon his barely restored strength to anticipate the killer's next move. MacBride allows his characters their humanity, while weaving intriguing subplots in this edge-of-your-seat page-turner.
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*Starred Review* One year after being stabbed in the line of duty, Scottish Detective Sergeant Logan McRae returns to his Aberdeen beat to tackle a case that makes even his most callous colleagues cringe: the strangling and mutilation of a four-year-old boy. Fears of a pedophile serial killer are confirmed when more children turn up missing and, then, dead. To make matters worse, someone is leaking privileged police information to a member of the press. DS McRae digs in his heels, doing his best to ignore the dirty looks of ex-girlfriend Isobel, the forensic pathologist on the case. MacBride's impressive first outing has plenty of atmosphere, subversive humor, and a sinuous plot reminiscent of fellow countryman Ian Rankin. Among his memorable characters: an overeducated schizophrenic with a secret cache of roadkill and a grumpy detective inspector forever gnawing on fruit pastilles. Dubbed "Granite City" for its stark, stone edifices, Aberdeen is a place of social misfits and surly moods, where gunmetal gray clouds dump endless buckets of icy rain. "Everyone looked murderous and inbred," writes MacBride. "The whole city looked like a casting call for Deliverance." Newcomers to the police procedural, take note: MacBride's deft debut is more macabre than most. Allison Block
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Aberdeen in Winter June 25 2006
Fantastic, well, except for the grizzly bits. Funny, subtle, the writing moves along like a freight train, quite unputdownable. MacBride's picture of an Aberdeen winter probably upsets the tourist board but it just makes the story better and better.

Go Stuart!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like this series, though it is a bit formulaic Jan. 18 2014
By one-from-overseas TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I like this series (I read three so far). This is the first book, and I read it very quickly because it sucked me in. Logan is likable and a little flawed, and the plot interesting. The books are somewhat formulaic in that this poor policeman seems to never sleep, drinks a lot, is always overworked, and deals with bosses that are really caricatures of human beings, and always making his life miserable -while he is the only one who ends up solving cases. But the books are enjoyable, and among the few that make the weather in Montreal seem enviable, even in winter....
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5.0 out of 5 stars as good or better than Rankin and Booth Oct. 11 2013
By Lorry
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This was just a swell read that makes Hurleys last whiny book smell like dead fish. Superb clear writer with distinct characters. Macbribe needs more press.
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