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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312339992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312339999
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,737,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. at the start of McBride's vivid third Det. Sgt. Logan MacRae police procedural (after 2006's Dying Light), the Aberdeen police, on the trail of a serial rapist, catch Scottish sports hero Rob Macintyre stalking tarted-up Woman Police Constable Jackie Watson, MacRae's live-in lover. Macintyre's arrest ignites public sentiment against the police, stifling the investigation. Meanwhile, a second case drags MacRae into the local s&m scene, where he gets an unexpected education in the sordid details from his red-faced assistant constable, and then he has to track down an eight-year-old killer. The one thing the three cases have in common is that nothing is what it seems. MacRae bounces back and forth among them, yanked between two cranky, childlike detective inspectors demanding overtime and loyalty. When Jackie starts behaving suspiciously, Logan fears the truth may be worse than unfaithfulness. With a dose of sharp wit, MacBride effortlessly interweaves the plot strands while conjuring up three-dimensional characters who slog through the relentless sleet of Aberdeen. (Aug.)
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* Sardonic humor and dark themes suffuse MacBride's third top-notch Scottish police procedural to star Aberdeen detective sergeant Logan McRae. This time around, DS McRae faces a trio of troublesome cases: an eight-year-old boy who has murdered an elderly pensioner; a porn star who has died a most ignominious (and invasive) death; and a series of rapes whose chief suspect, a popular soccer player, repeatedly eludes arrest. Under the supervision of chain-smoking, expletive-spewing, armpit-scratching female inspector Steel, Logan bounces between assignments, hoping for a break. Steel isn't the worst of the police department higher-ups: perpetually irked Detective Inspector Insch gives Logan grief every moment he isn't stuffing his face with fruit pastilles. Things aren't going well for Logan on the domestic front, either; his colleague and live-in lover has become increasingly distant and distracted. Could she be slipping between the sheets with another DS? Like fellow countryman Ian Rankin (who receives a few wry nods in the course of the novel), MacBride deftly blends a suspenseful story line and subversive wit. Relentless rain soaks the long-suffering citizens of Aberdeen (is it any wonder they're inclined to such unsavory acts?). But MacBride offsets the grim goings-on with a cast of irrepressible characters whose banter is bawdy and crime-solving talent sublime. Block, Allison

Customer Reviews

Very fast pace story.
Barbara Lane
MacBride portrays crime and crime solving in a very realistic way which contributes to making the characters come alive.
Rena Ruadh
And MacBride has a Wambaugh-like sense of cynical humor with which he peppers his books.
zorba

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Lane on October 25, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a different type of mystery. I listen to so many mysteries on audio and it almost get to be ho hum, just another mystery. Not this one!!!! This is SO different. Not for the faint hearted though. This is the first ever story I have listened to of Stuart MacBride I didn't even realise is was the third in a series. Not a problem, easy to follow and just don't be surprised if your eyes fly wide open and you have a silly shocked look of your face at time while listening to parts of this story!!!!!

Pedophiles, rapists, an 8 year old killer, BD SM porn kings filming themselves in the act and an undercover female policewoman dressed up to look like a hooker to catch a killer.

Very fast pace story. The wonderful Scottish accented narrator did a great job!!!!!

I rarely give a 5 star but story is SO different it deserves it!!! I highly recommend it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts VINE VOICE on June 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: Up ahead the woman stops.

DS Logan McRae is faced with trying to identify a man whose naked, bloody body was dumped outside the hospital emergency door. When a fellow officer identifies the victim, it leads McRae into the world of bondage sex and pornography. McRae's girlfriend, PC Jackie Watson, has caught a violent rapist. Unfortunately, he turns out to be a superstar footballer with an alibi.

In a strange way, this reminded me of McBain's 87th Precinct books but with much less likable characters. McRae tends to jump to the wrong conclusions just come out fine in the end. Jackie is focused on justice, even at the cost of bending the law. The two commanders, Steele and Insch, are believable bosses from hell. Somehow, it all came together into a book that held my interest straight though and was a really good read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rena Ruadh on August 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the third in a fabulous series by Stuart MacBride. The author writes gritty crime books featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae. The books are set in Aberdeen, Scotland and the writer is able to paint a picture of the city. I studied there and reading McBride's description is bringing the city alive for me again.

But, more than that, MacBride's characters are human. Logan McRae makes mistakes and has his moments of glory, which makes him a fantastic main character. He screws up at work and in his private life, but he is not the typical 'tragic hero' for whom everything goes wrong. Rather, he has his ups and downs just like everybody else. The storylines are incredibly well-written and it is difficult to put the book down. MacBride portrays crime and crime solving in a very realistic way which contributes to making the characters come alive.

And, if I had known when I lived in Aberdeen, that the coppers went to Archibald Simpson's for a drink after their shifts, I certainly would have shown up there once or twice... !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 21, 2013
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This is the third book in the mystery/police procedurals written by Stuart MacBride. DS Logan McRae is the center of the series, always looking for the killers and trying to find the moral, most prescient way.

A serial rapist is leaving a string of women behind him. DS Logan McRae's girlfriend, PC Jackie' Watson,, is working as bait to flush out the rapist. What she does find is the star of the soccer team, and he denies any knowledge. At the same time McRae is involved in finding the murderer of a pornography star. It is all a mess,and it gets worse as time goes by.

Stuart MacBride tells the stories in third person narrative, and yet manages to draw us right alongside. He is a superb writer, but I am getting tired of his DI's who are either fat or smoking wizened. I know the characters, and most of them are right in their characters. This third book was not as fast paced, nor was it as well written as the first two. Time takes it's toll, I gather.

Recommended. prisrob 02-21-13
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JAMES AGNEW on August 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
MacBride doesn't miss a beat in Bloodshot, the latest entry in his excellent Aberdeen, Scotland based series featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae. In the beginning of the book Logan's girlfriend Constable Jackie "Ball Breaker" Watson lives up to her nickname while busting a suspected serial rapist. When that suspect turns out to be a popular football star with a seemingly unshakable alibi who calls upon the services of a despicable solicitor and the sympathies of a gullible public, things, as usual, get complicated. McRae's personal life gets complicated too, as a misunderstanding with Jackie causes him to finally act on his long suppressed attraction for Rachael Tulloch, the deputy Procurator Fiscal. MacBride combines the mundane, the horrific and the ridiculous skillfully to produce another enormously satisfying read.

Along with Ian Rankin and Denise Mina, MacBride is a leading figure in a Scottish crime wave that's producing some of the best mysteries in the world. The writing in this series is always great and the weather in Aberdeen is always awful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Dietsch on November 1, 2013
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I have been reading the McBride novels and in general think they are fairly good. The characters have some bizarre habits like candy eating and chain smoking which come out in almost every event. Child abuse as a cause of criminal behavior is rather overused. He also has a penchant for decaying dead people. All in all, however, it is a fun read.
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