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Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride
  

Cold Granite

Part of the Logan McRae Series
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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

This is terrific, a dark, angry story about child abuse and murder with an anti-hero and a cold, unforgiving setting, Aberdeen. It’s gritty, violent and graphic with a lot of black humour that lifts it. There is a past to our anti-hero, DS Logan McRae, which made me think I was reading a second novel, but no, this is the first of a series which is very good news. I think he is rather special.

Comparison: Ian Rankin, Paul Johnston, David Peace.
Similar this month: Peter James, Robert Crais.

Logan McRae series:
1. Cold Granite
2. Dying Light
3. Broken Skin
4. Flesh House
5. Blind Eye
6. Dark Blood
7. Shatter the Bones

8. Close to the Bone

If you like Stuart MacBride you might also like to read books by Paul Johnston, Mo Hayder and Graham Hurley.

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Synopsis

Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride

Aberdeen, oil capital of Europe … Christmas is coming, cold, dark and wet, bringing death with it.

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. Four-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. There's a killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood.

If that wasn't enough, Logan also has to contend with a new boss, DI Insch, who doesn't suffer fools gladly and thinks everyone's a fool, and his own ex-girlfriend, the beautiful but chilly Isobel MacAlister, who also happens to be the chief pathologist. The only good news is WPC 'Ball Breaker' Watson, Logan's new guardian angel.

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. If Logan isn't careful, he's going to end up joining them.

Reviews

Praise for Cold Granite: 'Ferocious and funny, this is Tartan Noir at its best
Val McDermid

'A riveting and gruesome debut'
Telegraph

'A gripping debut'
Mirror Praise for Stuart MacBride:

'Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order'
Mark Billingham

'MacBride is a damned fine writer - no one does dark and gritty like him'
Peter James

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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Publication date

27th October 2011

Author

Stuart MacBride

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Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Paperback (a Format)
608 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Books for the Boys
Thriller / Suspense
Debuts of the Month
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780007419449

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