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Product Details

  • Series: Logan McRae (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK; Reprint edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007344228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007344222
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* MacBride’s seventh Logan McRae novel may be the most harrowing yet—and that’s saying something. The Aberdeen, Scotland, police detective finds himself working two kidnapping cases that couldn’t be more different. In the first, a mother-daughter singing duo, made famous on the TV show Britain’s Next Big Star, is being held for ransom with the little girl’s toes offered up as proof of their abductors’ seriousness. In the other, a junkie has gone missing, presumably due to her boyfriend’s role in a drug deal. If Dark Blood (2011) suffered from slackness, then this installment finds MacBride roaring back to form. The crimes are breathtakingly awful, the pacing is breakneck, and the stakes are higher than ever. Indeed, when fallout from his actions lands close to home, McRae finds himself wracked by guilt far worse than his many physical wounds. Few writers can blend bantering humor with gut-wrenching violence without it feeling cheap. MacBride entertains while still offering food for thought about what we consume as entertainment: Why does the public weep for one missing mother, who may be a fame-hungry monster, while not caring about another, who may be a victim of circumstances? There’s little comfort in this bleak ending, but still: brilliant. Bloody. Brilliant. --Keir Graff --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Praise for Stuart MacBride: 'Hurray for a new McRae' Sun 'A terrific writer ! bodies abound, blood flows freely and McRae is a delight' The Times '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 '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' Simon Kernick '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' Mark Billingham 'If you're looking for taut narrative, gut-churning incident, strong characterisation ! then look no further' Reginald Hill 'Ferocious and funny' Val McDermid 'Riveting and gruesome' Daily Telegraph 'Tartan noir's greatest exponent' Daily Mirror 'Hurray for a new McRae' Sun 'A terrific writer ! McRae makes John Rebus seem like a compliant wimp ! bodies abound, blood flows freely and McRae is a delight' The Times '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?' Express 'Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field ! The McRae books sport some of the pithiest snapshots of urban life this side of Irvine Welsh ! etched in the darkest of hues and with dialogue so sharp you might cut yourself' Independent 'Another brilliant, riveting police procedural. I'm green with envy!' R D Wingfield 'Stuart MacBride goes straight for the jugular with a tight, thrilling novel' Glasgow Herald 'This intelligent, exciting police procedural should make the leading writers of the genre start looking over their shoulders' Sunday Telegraph 'An impressive debut ! an edge-of-your-seat page-turner' Publishers Weekly 'A gritty, roller-coaster, in-your-face thriller' Aberdeen Press and Journal 'A cracking new writer on the crime scene who hooks you from the first page and never lets you go. The action is ferocious and the pace unrelenting' Northern Echo 'Compelling reading' Telegraph 'Gripping' Daily Mirror

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Customer Reviews

Can not wait for the next one to come out.
I appreciate the development of the characters, the gritty nature to his job and the fact that he has faults along with his great detective skills.
Indy Sparty
Despite the tragic things that happen in the book it is a hoot from beginning to end.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midnight on March 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Aberdeen is the setting for this tale about the kidnapping of rising talent show stars Alison & her daughter Jenny McGregor. The investigation by DS Logan McRae and his colleagues at Grampian Police takes twists and turns as the media and the public demand action. The public attempt to raise the ransom while the race is on to beat deadlines laid down by the kidnappers.

I have to say I have read all of Stuart MacBride's books since his debut novel 'Cold Granite' which also featured Logan McRae, so had pre-ordered 'Shatter the Bones'. This was the 7th book in the series.
I have to be honest and state I had in fact approached this latest book with a certain amount of trepidation - having thoroughly enjoyed a number of the previous books by the author, I had felt he had gone off track a little and the levels of profanity seemed to go off the scale.

He is certainly back on track with this book. I read it in one day and couldn't put it down. A gripping tale interlaced with humour giving an unusual mix.

If you haven't read any Stuart MacBride novels before and enjoy a good police/thriller read - buy this, you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Crowley VINE VOICE on May 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
SHATTER THE BONES is the seventh book in the Detective Inspector Logan McRae series. Set in Aberdeen, the stories are permeated with the problems that a bad economy dumps on the locals. The one bright spot around which all of Aberdeen gathers is the telecasts of a major reality show: Britain's Next Big Star. This most recent round of the show has reached the semi-finals and Aberdeen is as one in the collective excitement surrounding local stars, Alison and Jenny McGregor. The mother/daughter singing duo have a very good chance of winning the big prize, a recording contract and millions of pounds in endorsements of products that the British public will gladly purchase in order to own a piece of the famous.

Alison McGregor and her six year-old daughter are on the covers of every tabloid in Britain. Their version of Wind Beneath My Wings has had millions of hits on YouTube. Scotland is proud and happy and positive that the McGregors are going to bring everything good to Aberdeen until Alison and Jenny disappear and a ransom demand is made. If the ransom is not paid, the kidnappers will begin leaving pieces of Jenny for the police to find. The British viewing public rushes to contribute money but the police aren't sure how real the kidnapping is. The producer of Britain's Next Big Star is in a position to get his hands on the donations but the general public is convinced of the dangerous position their heroines are in and with shrines, tribute programs, and vigils, the McGregors, and the show, are getting more publicity than anyone could have dreamed of.

McRae is also caught up in a serious drug trafficking investigation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Feit VINE VOICE on July 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Alison McGregor and her six-year-old daughter, Jenny, Aberdeen's huge favorites to win the competition on the hit tv show Britain's Next Big Star, have made it to the semi-finals. Suddenly they are kidnapped, and the ransom note soon received says they will be killed if an indeterminate ransom is not paid within fourteen days. Contributions are made across the country from their millions of fans. The police are stymied - there are no witnesses, and no trace of forensic evidence can be found on either the ransom notes or the gruesome videos which the police are examining, and there are absolutely no clues as to who is behind the crime. Needless to say, the media, and the public, are in an uproar, and the detectives are being hounded by both, as well as by the head of the CID and other investigative agencies.

There is a second story line dealing with a routine drug bust which goes seriously awry, with the drug dealer managing to escape despite handcuffs and the presence of numerous police officers designed to prevent just that from happening. The ramifications of this are far-reaching and brutal, and very personal for DS Logan McRae.

This latest entry in this wonderful series moves at a slower pace than I remembered the earlier books being, perhaps reflective of the actual way in which serious crime investigations happen in real life. But trust me, by the time the reader approaches the wrap-up of this well-written tale of celebrity culture run amok, the reader will be turning the pages swiftly to reach the suspense-filled ending as time is running out and the deadline approaches.

Logan McRae, his significant other, Samantha, and the cops on the Grampian Police force who readers have met in the earlier books are wonderfully well drawn. McRae is a very human and believable protagonist, and I can't wait for his return in the next series entry. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Srdjan Pesic on November 30, 2013
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Stuart MacBride, may God give him good health and sharpen his remarkable wit, is on one of my favorite writers. He has a rare ability to, in a very few words, describe a character as vividly as it were sitting in front of you. Great plotting and unsurpassed wit make him stand out in a crowded field of exceptional Scottish crime writers. This, seventh book is no exception. Smart, gritty and just too funny for words. Stuart, keep writing, please.
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