- Series: Logan McRae (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 2, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312940599
- ISBN-13: 978-0312940591
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.3 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 414 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,748,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cold Granite (Logan McRae) Mass Market Paperback – May 2, 2006
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“[An] edge-of-your-seat page-turner [and] impressive debut...MacBride allows his characters their humanity, while weaving intriguing subplots.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Macabre...MacBride's impressive first outing has plenty of atmosphere, subversive humor, and a sinuous plot reminiscent of fellow countryman Ian Rankin.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“Stuart MacBride is most likely to be compared to Ian Rankin, but this unbelievably assured and accomplished police story aims even higher.” ―Flint Journal
“McRae is an interesting and subtle detective, and his investigation is both inventive and imaginative.” ―Dallas Morning News
“Newcomer Stuart MacBride joins an illustrious roster of Scottish crime writers…by tangling together a half-dozen competing plot lines, MacBride keeps readers off-balance, even those who think they can see the tripwires.” ―Houston Chronicle
“Cold Granite is never as dark and dangerous as the work of Mina and Rankin…a solid police procedural…no sooner is one crime solved than another comes up to keep you turning the pages, and through it all, the police procedural gains a warmth and camaraderie that tougher and more cynical novels lack.” ―Rocky Mountain News
“Logan--a troubled man but blessedly not a suicidal booze hound like other Scots coppers of recent and current memory--does his job with skill and humanity.” ―Chicago Tribune
“The book's grim setting, plus the gallows humor, mordant introspection…draw inevitable comparisons to talented Scotsman, Ian Rankin. But MacBride has some neatly distinctive touches, not least among them hefty does of Aberdonian dialect and that wonderfully foul weather.” ―Seattle Times
“MacBride's debut is a tense police procedural/mystery set in Aberdeen, Scotland…MacBride introduces a very likeable and human protagonist whose past adventures are only hinted at in this book, leading us to hope that another McRae novel is in the works. A suspenseful and compelling mystery, this is strongly recommended.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“Cold Granite is a powerful reminder that the best contemporary crime fiction is coming out of Scotland. Ferocious and funny, this is Tartan Noir at its best.” ―Rocky Mountain News
“Atmosphere, dazzling, and completely compelling, Cold Granite marks the debut of an amazing new voice in crime fiction. Scotland's Stuart MacBride is one of the best writers to come out of the UK in a long time.” ―Deborah Crombie, author of In a Dark House
From the Back Cover
IN A CITY BY THE SEA
After a long recuperation from a stab wound, Detective Sergeant Logan McRae's first night back on duty in Aberdeen, Scotland, takes him to a crime scene where the body of a missing boy has been found on a riverbank. To the horror of even the most experienced cops on the job, all the details point to a ritualistic murder―a serial killer. Then twenty-four hours later, another child goes missing.
A COP HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD
The case's latest developments keep appearing as the next day's headlines, leading the department to believe one of their own is leaking information. Logan is keen to catch the mole as well as the killer, but even with Police Constable Jackie Watson, assigned to help "ease" him back into the job, it seems impossible.
TO ENTER A NEW HELL
From the violent world of organized crime to the dark fantasies of a murderer and the naughty games cops play to stay sane, Logan is moving through the Scottish winter in search of a few hard facts. And as the rain turns to snow, as new outrages are discovered, he begins to get his answers: one victim, one deception, and one killer at a time...
"Solid…no sooner is one crime solved than another comes up to keep you turning the pages."
--Rocky Mountain News
"MacBride is starting at the very top with his first book, which approaches the level of Michael Connelly's best work…MacBride's writing is so good here that it's hard to believe it's not a sign of staying power."
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It can be pretty dark stuff, but the story is narrated with great style and the right amount of humor. I'm thrilled to have found a new author who is young enough to have plenty of stories left to tell. I'm a huge fan of Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Tana French and Robert Crais. Here is another author who has a gift for storytelling, for creating colorful and complex characters (I even liked the ones I didn't like!), and a suspenseful and gripping storyline. He paints a vivid picture of his settings - I could almost feel the cold winter and relentless rain in Aberdeen, Scotland as I read.
His main character has a pretty interesting back story that he fills in along the way - I almost felt like there was a first novel in the series that I had missed, but the pieces keep dropping into place as you read, and I found myself becoming more and more invested into him and with all the players. I'm looking forward to plenty more quality reading time with Mr. MacBride.
Hot Dog! I have myself another fabulous series to dig into. I love discovering these older series as there will be books waiting for me whenever I get the urge to revisit the characters. In addition, there is something about some of these more “vintage” novels that you do not see in books published today. Some sort of “IT” factor that is difficult to explain.
Cold Granite is the debut novel and a great start to Mr. McBride’s Logan McRae collection. The setting is Aberdeen, Scotland. What a totally miserable place. It’s like chapter 20 and STILL raining. At least it finally stops. When we reach December. Then it doesn’t stop snowing. I’ll say one thing though--Mr. McBride is such a creative guy that I could not help marveling at how many ways he is able to mesmerizingly describe the never-changing weather. He makes sure we never forget where we are and how wretched an environment it is. Made me feel cozy in my nice warm house with a steaming cup of coffee
DS McRae is coming off sick leave after being seriously wounded during his previous case. He’s supposed to be easing back in. Right. For the next 2 weeks, he does not get any time off as he chases down the suspects of multiple abductions and murders. Do we have a serial killer? Or are these crimes even related? The plot is fast moving and complex. It seemed like every time I thought I was starting to figure things out, yet another “event” would occur, messing up my thinking. This book totally engaged me with all that was going on.
The characters are very well written. Even all the potential baddies are well drawn, despite the reader not actually getting into their heads. Roadkill was my fave, along with Desperate Doug (what a loser). I loved the cops. McRae had my sympathy almost right off the bat. His two DI’s are a treat. DI Insch, who I wasn’t sure about at first, eventually won my affection. He’s a gruff guy, but has a good heart. His penchant for eating sugar-laden treats is very entertaining, especially to a sugar fan such as myself. I learned a lot about English confectionaries, many I would love to try myself; I feel bad they are not available to me here across the pond. Then there is DI Steel. Oh my. She doesn’t have a huge part in this story, but enough to intrigue me. I hope to see more of her tough stuff in future books. WPC Watson, assigned to drive McRae around, is a gem. Her nickname is Ball Breaker. Enough said. Oh, and Colin Miller, the hated (by his colleagues) crime investigator from the local newspaper--I loved seeing the evolution of his relationship with McRae.
The writing is top notch. Period.
I am thrilled to have finally discovered Stuart McBride. I was totally captivated by Cold Granite and look forward to reading more of this series. I rate this book 4.5 stars. I cannot help but round up to 5 stars despite the fact that gives me minimal room to award future books a higher rating. Oh well, it gets what it deserves. Needless to say, I highly recommend Cold Granite to all crime fiction/thriller fans.