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Stuart MacBride - Author

About the Author

Stuart MacBride was born in Dumbarton, near Glasgow and moved to Aberdeen at the age of two. After dropping out of university to work offshore he went to work for himself as a graphic designer, eventually becoming studio manager for a nationwide marketing company. He gave it all up to have a go at becoming an actor, until it became clear to him that he was never going to be good enough to make a decent living out of it. Whilst progressing through a whole new career in the IT sector ending up as project manager for a global IT company, he also wrote in his spare time.

Stuart MacBride is the author of several bestselling novels featuring DS Logan McRae, including Shatter the Bones, which reached No. 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list.

The McRae novels have won him the CWA's Dagger in the Library, the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel, and Best Breakthrough Author at the ITV3 crime thriller awards.

Stuart's other works include Halfhead, a near-future thriller, Sawbones, a novella aimed at adult emergent readers, and several short stories.

He lives in the north-east of Scotland with his wife, Fiona and cat, Grendel.


Maxim Jakubowski's view on Stuart MacBride...

BLIND EYE  is the 5th and latest volume in the increasingly popular series of Aberdeen thrillers with DS Logan McRae at the helm. In turns grim, gritty and gruesome, but also with mordant humour and sparkling dialogue between his warring cops, this is Tartan Noir at its very best, and literally begs for a TV adaptation. Not all Scottish cops are as polished as Ian Rankin’s Rebus, and MacBride’s coppers would jump out of the screen.

Author photo © Paul Levitton

Featured books by Stuart MacBride

In the Cold Dark Ground

In the Cold Dark Ground

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/08/2016

THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER The new Logan McRae novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of THE MISSING AND THE DEAD. Trouble is coming...Sergeant Logan McRae's team find a body dumped in the woods - but is it the missing businessman they've been searching for, or something far more sinister? It doesn't help that his ex-boss is taking over the case, a new Superintendent has it in for him, and Professional Standards are looming. Even worse: Aberdeen's criminal overlord, Wee Hamish Mowat, is dying and rival gangs all over the UK are eying his territory. There's a war brewing and Logan's trapped right in the middle, whether he likes it or not.

ebook of the month
22 Dead Little Bodies and Other Stories

22 Dead Little Bodies and Other Stories

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/11/2015

From the No. 1 bestselling author of THE MISSING AND THE DEAD comes the short novel: 22 DEAD LITTLE BODIES, plus two short stories: STRAMASH and DI STEEL'S BAD HEIR DAY, and a novella: THE 45% HANGOVER, all featuring his most popular characters - DS Logan McRae and DCI Roberta Steel.

ebook of the month
The Missing and the Dead

The Missing and the Dead

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/08/2015

The new Logan McRae novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of CLOSE TO 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...

ebook of the month

Other books by Stuart MacBride

Now We Are Dead

Now We Are Dead

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/11/2017

She can't prove he did it. But she might die trying... From the Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series, comes a standalone spinoff 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. The top brass have made it very clear that if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, she'll be thrown off the force for good. But she can't just do nothing - if she does he'll keep hurting women. The question is: how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him?

Now We Are Dead

Now We Are Dead

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

She can't prove he did it. But she might die trying... From the Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series, comes a standalone spinoff 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?

Dying Light

Dying Light

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/10/2017

The Number One bestselling detective series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride continues in this second crime thriller. It's summertime in Scotland: the sun is shining, the sky is blue and people are dying... It's summertime in the Granite City: the sun is shining, the sky is blue and people are dying... It starts with Rosie Williams, a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks - the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS Logan McRae it's a bad start to another bad day. Rosie won't be the only one making an unscheduled trip to the morgue. Across the city six people are burning to death in a petrol-soaked squat, the doors and windows screwed shut from the outside. And despite Logan's best efforts, it's not long before another prostitute turns up on the slab...

Cold Granite

Cold Granite

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/10/2017

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.

Broken Skin

Broken Skin

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/10/2017

The Number One bestselling crime series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. In this third DS Logan McRae thriller, The Granite City's seedy side is about to be exposed... The Granite City's seedy side is about to be exposed... A serial rapist is leaving a string of tortured women behind him, but while DS Logan McRae's girlfriend, PC Jackie `Ball Breaker' Watson, is out acting as bait, he's trying to identify a blood-drenched body dumped outside Accident and Emergency. Logan's investigations suggest someone in the local bondage community has developed a taste for violent death, and he soon finds himself dragged into the twilight world of pornographers, sex-shops and S&M. Meanwhile, the prime suspect in the rape case turns out to be Aberdeen Football Club's star striker. Logan thinks they've got it horribly wrong, but Jackie is convinced the footballer's guilty and she's hell-bent on a conviction at any cost...

Flesh House

Flesh House

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/10/2017

The 4th thriller in the Number One bestselling crime series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. Panic grips The Granite City as DS Logan McRae heads up a manhunt for `The Flesher' - one of the UK's most notorious serial killers. Panic strikes the Granite City... When an offshore container turns up at Aberdeen Harbour full of human meat, it kicks off the largest manhunt in the Granite City's history. Twenty years ago `The Flesher' was butchering people all over the UK - turning victims into oven-ready joints - until Grampian's finest put him away. But eleven years later he was out on appeal. Now he's missing and people are dying again. When members of the original investigation start to disappear, Detective Sergeant Logan McRae realizes the case might not be as clear cut as everyone thinks... Twenty years of secrets and lies are being dragged into the light. And the only thing that's certain is Aberdeen will never be the same again.

Flesh House

Flesh House

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2017

The 4th thriller in the Number One bestselling crime series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. Panic grips The Granite City as DS Logan McRae heads up a manhunt for 'The Flesher' - one of the UK's most notorious serial killers. The case was closed. Until the killer walked free When an offshore container turns up at Aberdeen Harbour full of human meat, it kicks off the largest manhunt in the Granite City's history. Twenty years ago 'The Flesher' was butchering people all over the UK - turning victims into oven-ready joints - until Grampian's finest put him away. But eleven years later he was out on appeal. Now he's missing and people are dying again.When members of the original investigation start to disappear, Detective Sergeant Logan McRae realizes the case might not be as clear cut as everyone thinks Twenty years of secrets and lies are being dragged into the light. And the only thing that's certain is Aberdeen will never be the same again.

Broken Skin

Broken Skin

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: eBook Release Date: 03/08/2017

The Granite City's seedy side is about to be exposed... A serial rapist is leaving a string of tortured women behind him, but while DS Logan McRae's girlfriend, PC Jackie 'Ball Breaker' Watson, is out acting as bait, he's trying to identify a blood-drenched body dumped outside Accident and Emergency. Logan's investigations suggest someone in the local bondage community has developed a taste for violent death, and he soon finds himself dragged into the twilight world of pornographers, sex-shops and S&M. Meanwhile, the prime suspect in the rape case turns out to be Aberdeen Football Club's star striker. Logan thinks they've got it horribly wrong, but Jackie is convinced the footballer's guilty and she's hell-bent on a conviction at any cost...

Dying Light

Dying Light

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: eBook Release Date: 06/07/2017

It's summertime in Scotland: the sun is shining, the sky is blue and people are dying... It starts with Rosie Williams, a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS Logan McRae it's a bad start to another bad day. Rosie won't be the only one making an unscheduled trip to the morgue. Across the city six people are burning to death in a petrol-soaked squat, the doors and windows screwed shut from the outside. And despite Logan's best efforts, it's not long before another prostitute turns up on the slab.

Cold Granite

Cold Granite

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: eBook Release Date: 08/06/2017

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.

Dark So Deadly

Dark So Deadly

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: eBook Release Date: 20/04/2017

A detective no one believes in. A killer with nothing to lose... Gripping standalone thriller from the Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series. Beware of the dark... Welcome to the Misfit Mob - where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of, but wants to. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy is found at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to track down its owner. But then Callum uncovers links between his mummified corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting. No one expects the Misfit Mob to solve anything, but right now they're all that stands between a killer's victims and a slow lingering death. Can they prove everyone wrong before someone else dies?

In the Cold Dark Ground

In the Cold Dark Ground

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/08/2016

THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER The new Logan McRae novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of THE MISSING AND THE DEAD. Trouble is coming...Sergeant Logan McRae's team find a body dumped in the woods - but is it the missing businessman they've been searching for, or something far more sinister? It doesn't help that his ex-boss is taking over the case, a new Superintendent has it in for him, and Professional Standards are looming. Even worse: Aberdeen's criminal overlord, Wee Hamish Mowat, is dying and rival gangs all over the UK are eying his territory. There's a war brewing and Logan's trapped right in the middle, whether he likes it or not.

ebook of the month
22 Dead Little Bodies and Other Stories

22 Dead Little Bodies and Other Stories

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2016

From the No. 1 bestselling author of THE MISSING AND THE DEAD comes the short novel: 22 DEAD LITTLE BODIES, plus two short stories: STRAMASH and DI STEEL'S BAD HEIR DAY, and a novella: THE 45% HANGOVER, all featuring his most popular characters - DS Logan McRae and DCI Roberta Steel. They say 'small is beautiful', but as Stuart MacBride demonstrates in these four tales, it can also be dark, violent, disturbing, and sometimes really quite rude. So pour yourself a wee dram, curl up on the sofa and enjoy DS Logan McRae and his sometime boss, friend, mother substitute, and nemesis, DCI Steel at their best. Here you'll find Logan's week from hell; Steel's own personal nightmare before Christmas; an explosive shootout on a remote Scottish island; and the ultimate test of their relationship...

The Missing and the Dead

The Missing and the Dead

Author: Stuart MacBride Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2016

The new Logan McRae novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of CLOSE TO THE BONE and A SONG FOR THE DYING. One mistake can cost you everything... A little girl's body washes up just outside the sleepy coastal town of Macduff, kicking off a major manhunt. Officially, the investigation is out of Sergeant Logan McRae's hands, but DCI Steel's Major Investigation Team, drafted in from Aberdeen, is getting nowhere fast. Steel is running out of ideas and time. She wants Logan back on her team, and doesn't care how she gets him there. One thing is clear: there are dangerous predators lurking in the wilds of Aberdeenshire, and not everyone's getting out of this alive...