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Book 5 of 7 in the Logan McRae Series

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Starred Review. Det. Sgt. Logan McRae, who's still recovering from the bloody events of 2008's Flesh, investigates a series of brutal attacks on Polish immigrants in MacBride's excellent fifth novel to feature the Aberdeen, Scotland, cop. A local xenophobe, bitter about the influx of Polish workers, appears to be the culprit, but when one of the city's local crime bosses is assaulted, McRae begins to wonder if the violence is the result of a brewing turf war between Scottish crime figures and encroaching Eastern European thugs. Meanwhile, McRae and foul-mouthed Det. Insp. Roberta Steele are stuck babysitting Rory Simpson, a pedophile who becomes an inadvertent—but key—witness. MacBride's liberal use of humor, especially in the often slapstick rapport between McRae and the crusty Steel, never detracts from the action. A lesser writer would have fumbled such a complexly layered plot, but MacBride is in his element the more dark and twisted the story—and characters—become. (Oct.)
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Praise for Blind Eye:

‘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

‘Cracking dialogue … a standout crime novel’ Metro

‘Irresistible and repulsive in equal measure … The result? A real page-turner’ Scotland on Sunday

Praise for Stuart MacBride:

‘Ferocious and funny, this is Tartan Noir at its best’ Val McDermid

‘MacBride is a damned fine writer – no one does dark and gritty like him’ Peter James

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Product Details

  • Series: Logan Mcrae (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007342578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007342570
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blind Eye is the fifth installment in the series featuring DS Logan McRae of the Grampian Police in Aberdeen Scotland. As always there is a meandering plot that includes pedophilia, murder, a potential drug gang war, mutilation and other assorted doings making for a great story not for the feint of heart.

While this may come across as a dark, gruesome story,which it is, what makes it different for me is the wide use of dark humor throughout the book. I normally don't care for police stories that attempt to be humorous at the same time but Stuart MacBride can really pull it off. The banter between McRae and his female boss DCI Steele is hilarious. She is a total hoot! I also enjoy McRae's character who holds his superiors in contempt and tends to be a maverick in his job and has a struggle with the bottles at times. This is a very good book along with all the others I have read in the series so far.
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I am working my way thru the Logan Macbride series. Murders sometime beyond gory and not for faint hearts. But I love Logan and his keystone cops buddies with all their foibles and all. Plus the very dark humour.
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In the fifth book of the Logan McRae series, MacBride makes good on his promise to the Aberdeen Board of Tourism and sets the book in the summertime. But, the Board still may not be happy, as the central plot in this police procedural revolves around a spree of hate crimes against Polish immigrants - specifically against men blamed for taking women and jobs, these men are grotesquely blinded.

After the high-adrenaline speed of the previous book in the series, Flesh House, this one opens a bit slowly. Some time has passed after the fourth book's completion, and the reader is immediately left with some long-lingering questions regarding McRae's personal and private life. Unfortunately, it takes quite a bit of time for those questions to be addressed. But, there are new characters - and returning old favorites like DI Steel - to provide ample and entertaining distraction from those questions. The central crime isn't as flashy, though, and it takes a while for the storyline to be truly absorbing. It makes a striking contrast against the flashy fourth novel in the series.

The "summer love" of Aberdeen feels a bit forced - but once the plot finally starts rolling it does become a more exciting novel. The brief change in scenery to Poland makes for an interesting change. And the dialogue and bantering between the police officers is as funny as ever. I really am enjoying this series. MacBride is a wonderful writer with vivid, colorful imagery (and some great verbs like "rabbiting" and "hurpling"), a gift for creating sympathetic and realistic characters and a keen ear for dialect. It is a real joy to read these mysteries and I am looking forward to reading the next book!
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I've read all MacBride's Logan novels and this one was a welcome return to form. The last one, Flesh House, while good was very violent and dark - a real departure from earlier outings. While Blind Eye isn't short on the more vicious aspects of the crimes committed (the title is a major clue), I'm happy to say the overall tone is considerably lighter than the past few entries and much more in line with the first book, Cold Granite. Another reviewer felt the banter between Logan and his crass, lesbian boss Steel was far-fetched and weak. I respect the reviewer's opionion but strongly disagree - I laughed out loud several times during their exchanges...especially when Steel and her partner want children and she practically orders Logan to volunteer his "services"! I delighted in this scruffy, oddball duo with their warped yet winning cameraderie (if you can even call it that). Yes you have to suspend disbelief to a certain degree - after all, nearly everyone in the book - good and bad guys - are barmy, but that is what makes it all the more enjoyable a read!
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Reading a new Stuart Macbride book is like catching up with old friends and Macbride has created a bevvy of wonderful characters that you always look forward to meet. My favorite is the wildly eccentric DS Steele, a woman without a single redeeming quality, but who is still a likable, even lovable character. My next favorite is the eccentric film director, who officially produces videos on industrial safety subjects, but whose chief income comes from porn movies.
Beautifully rounded characters and nail biting plotlines make the Logan McRae series a joy to read
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This was so gory & fun! That sounds like a contradiction but it's true! 😄 This was the 5th or 6th book I've read in the series & I'm reading the next in line, Dark Blood, already! I can't put these books down! They are so entertaining!
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Stuart MacBride has an amazing ability to blend wincingly graphic subjects with laugh out loud funny material, and quite often on the same page. I have enjoyed reading all of his books. Blind Eye has enough twists and turns in the plot to keep you up until the wee hours of the night reading "just one more paragraph". Excellent author.
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I am sure that this book will be too graphic or violent for some readers. And violent and graphic it is and some... But, what makes Stuart MacBride stand out among the numerous crime writers is his immaculate plotting and vicious sense of humor. This lovely man makes me laugh and cringe in the same sentence. Now, that takes special skill. I might not be willing to spend days with his characters, but I would love to meet them and perhaps spend the night in the bar with them. More than one my poor liver couldn't take. Please keep them coming.
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