Cold Granite Abridged CD Audio CD – Audiobook, May 3 2005
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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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Logan McRae is back after being on sick leave for over a year after nearly dying after an attack. The first day could have started better when the news that a little boy that has been missing have been found dead in a ditch. And, soon everything it will just get worse when another child goes missing.
I read book nine in the series recently and I liked it so I decided to read the series from the beginning. It was a very grim book, I have previously stated that I don't like reading books that deal with children getting harmed. So even though the book was well written and it was nice to read about McRae and Steel and read about DI Insch for the first time was it also a tough book to read. Since the book I read previously in this series also was about dead children do I hope this isn't a returning subject for Stuart MacBride.
I liked getting to know Logan from the beginning. Though I felt that it was a lot of background history that one just get pieces from; the case that almost killed him, his sick leave, his past relationship with Isobel. But it made his return to work also a bit more interesting since even though he is fully recovered physically he still has the memories of being attacked and he was after all clinically dead on the operating table for five minutes. He is Lazarus returned to work!
I'm looking forward to reading the next book soon (I have it so at least I don't have to wait). I hope Logan and Jackie Watson will still be working together (liked her, she's a tough chick) and I especially hope that Steele will have a bigger role to play in the next book!
Brought back many memories. I am now on the second book.
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I love this series. The infusion of humour keeps the severity of the crimes from being overwhelming.Published 4 months ago by Janice E Hall
this was a recommended author for me and while I found the book enjoyable, he is not one that I would recommend or necessarily read again.Published 10 months ago by needleartlover
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