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A Song for the Dying by Stuart MacBride

A Song for the Dying

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January 2014 eBook of the Month.

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 P. J. Tracy, Mo Hayder and Simon Kernick.

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Reader Reviews

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

  • 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 completely 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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A Song for the Dying by Stuart MacBride

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.


Praise for Stuart MacBride:

'MacBride is the natural heir to the late and much lamented Reginald Hill
Andrew Taylor, Spectator

'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

'Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field'

'Admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven - or should that be hell?'

'Ferocious and funny'
Val McDermid

'Hard-hitting prose with a bone-dry humour and characters you can genuinely believe in, Stuart MacBride's novels are a real treat'
Simon Kernick

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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16th January 2014


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