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A Song for the Dying by Stuart MacBride
  

A Song for the Dying

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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Famous for his DI Logan McRae series, this new violent tale stars DI Ash Henderson who is in prison for murdering his brother. Now his peers need his help in finding the ‘inside man’ who Henderson was investigating eight years ago. Young women are cut open and a plastic baby doll is sewn up inside them. All very nasty. Sometimes the women did not die but were obviously deeply traumatised. If you like your murder stories compulsive, inventive and gripping, McBride is your man. I think he is very good.

If you like Stuart MacBride you might also like to read books by Mo Hayder, Peter James and P. J. Tracy.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The disgraced copper Ash Henderson has been serving time, but is released to investigate a series of gruesome killings committed by a sadistic murderer whose soubriquet is ‘The Inside Man’. The killer’s speciality is to operate on his victims, inserting a cheap plastic doll into their stomachs before dumping their bodies; a vertiginous climax is in the offing. Those who respond to the most visceral crime fiction (and not alienated by its author’s truly stygian view of human nature), will find not only the requisite excitement, but a pungent sense of place, not to mention a lively and teeming cast of characters worthy of Brecht and Weill.
~ The Good Book Guide

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Bev Farningham - 'it certainly rolls along - complete with Scottish sites, actions and words.' Read full review >
  • Arlene Davidson - 'If you like your murders dark and gripping- tinged with a bit of humour- then this is the one!!!' Read full review >
  • Jennifer Stewart - '...this lived up to all my expectations - horrifying but completley absorbing, reading this book turned into an all nighter - I just couldn't put it down. Utterly enjoyable.' Read full review >
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'There is violence aplenty within these pages and that may not be comfortable for some readers of crime. However, the violence is not there casually but, in my view, is a way of expressing the horror and anger felt...' Read full review >
  • Les Warriner - 'If you can't sleep and rely on a book to help you nod off, this is not the book for you.  I simply couldn't put it down - a superb read!' Read full review >
  • Judith Waring - 'All I can say is PHEW! What a totally gripping author Stuart MacBride is and what a totally compelling story he has written yet again.' Read full review >
  • Liz Glithero - 'Gritty and violent but overall an enjoyable read. Preservere through the middle for a satisfying ending.' Read full review >
  • Rebecca Cockeram - '...I really couldn't get into this book. Sadly this book was not for me.'   Read full review >
  • David Gay - 'Would I recommend this book? Definitely; McBride is good storyteller...My only regret is that I’m now going to have to wait for the next Ash Henderson story.' Read full review >
  • Melanie Rose - 'Disappointing - not up to usual standards.' Read full review >

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Synopsis

A Song for the Dying by Stuart MacBride

A heart-stopping crime thriller and the fourth consecutive No. 1 Bestseller from the author of the Logan McRae series and Birthdays for the Dead. He's back...Eight years ago, 'The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just ...disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years. His family has been destroyed, his career is in tatters, and one of Oldcastle's most vicious criminals is making sure he spends the rest of his life in prison. Now a nurse has turned up dead on a patch of waste ground, a plastic doll buried beneath her skin, and it looks as if Ash might finally get a shot at redemption. At earning his freedom. At revenge.

Reviews

'A powerful, swift-moving narrative ... required reading for those who enjoy crime fiction with a bitter taste.'
Andrew Taylor, Spectator

'A pungent sense of place ... a vertiginous climax ... Ash Henderson is mesmerisingly ruthless on the page'
Independent

'Frightening stuff ... a cast of characters to die for'
Sun

'Darkly gripping ... as smart a piece of crime fiction as you're likely to read this year ... or next.'
Sunday Sport

'Fans of tartan noir will devour this fast-paced and in places shocking criminal thriller...a great story with some well thought-out plot lines and really well-developed characters'
Scottish Field Praise for Stuart MacBride:

'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

About the Author

Stuart MacBride

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

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Book Info

Publication date

31st July 2014

Author

Stuart MacBride

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780007344338

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