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With the retirement of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus, MacBride's grittier than granite Aberdeen cop has quickly taken over the mantle of Scottish hard man of the hour and his sales are reaching an ever-growing audience. A moody, heavy drinker and smoker, McRae is a man for the times, grappling with conviction with the ills of society and, if the cases he has to deal with are often violent, they are also realistic and tinged with humour. He has featured in seven novels so far, and DARK BLOOD about the re-location of a rapist on his patch is a perfect way to get hooked.
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Scotland has for some years now been pre-eminent in the delivery of some mind-blowingly good crime writers. Of course Ian Rankin probably tops the bill, for the moment at least. Stuart MacBride however is fast becoming a crime writer to look up to with his edge-of-the-seat page turners, full of gruesome and gut-wrenching crimes, gritty settings, strong characterisation with a taut narrative that's shot through with the blackest of humour. So, if you're looking for intelligent and edgy crime fiction then you're missing a treat if you don't pick up a Stuart MacBride. Dark Blood is his 6th novel and now available in paperback in the increasingly popular series of Aberdeen thrillers with DS Logan McRae at the helm. Shatter the Bones, his 7th novel is just out in hardback.
Stuart's novels to date include Cold Granite, Dying Light, Broken Skin, Flesh House and Blind Eye. He has been shortlisted for the Theakstons's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award twice, he won the 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded for a body of work, and was named Best Breakthrough Author at the 2008 ITV Crime Thriller Awards.
Richard Knox has served his time, so why shouldn't he be allowed to live wherever he wants? Yes, in the past he was a violent rapist, but he's seen the error of his ways. Found God. Wants to leave his dark past in Newcastle behind him and make a new start. Or so he says. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae isn't exactly thrilled to be part of the team helping Knox settle into his new Aberdeen home. He's even less thrilled to be stuck with DSI Danby from Northumbria Police - the man who put Knox behind bars for ten years - supposedly here to 'keep an eye on things'. Only things are about to go very, very wrong. Edinburgh gangster Malk the Knife wants a slice of the development boom Donald Trump's golf course is bringing to the Granite City, whether local crime lord Wee Hamish Mowat likes it or not. Three heavies from Newcastle want a 'quiet word' with DSI Danby about a missing mob accountant. And Richard Knox's dark past isn't done with him yet!
'A terrific writer ! bodies abound, blood flows freely and McRae is a delight'
'One of the most disturbing and uncompromising novels in the highly successful Logan McRae series ! admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven - or should that be hell?'
'Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field ! etched in the darkest of hues and with dialogue so sharp you might cut yourself'
Independent Praise for Stuart MacBride:
'Hard-hitting prose with a bone-dry humour and characters you can genuinely believe in, Stuart MacBride's Logan McRae series of novels are a real treat'
'Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order by a writer whose dark star is most definitely on the rise'
'If you're looking for taut narrative, gut-churning incident, strong characterisation ! then look no further'
'Ferocious and funny'
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||6th January 2011|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,|
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 ...More About Stuart MacBride