A new Logan McRae thriller from the bestselling author of 'Cold Granite', set to rival Ian Rankin. It's summertime in the Granite city: the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and people are dying! It starts with Rosie Williams, a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks -- the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS Logan McRae it's a bad start to another bad day. Only a few short months ago he was the golden boy of Grampian police. But one botched raid later he's palmed off on a DI everyone knows is a jinx, waiting for the axe to fall with all the other rejects in the 'Screw-up Squad'. Logan's not going to take it lying down. He's determined to escape DI Steel and her unconventional methods, and the best way to do that is to crack the case in double-quick time. But Rosie Williams won't be the only one making an unscheduled trip to the morgue. Across the city six people are burning to death in a petrol-soaked squat, the doors and windows screwed shut from the outside. And despite Logan's best efforts, it's not long before another prostitute turns up on the slab! Stuart MacBride's characteristic grittiness, gallows humour and lively characterization make this his second unputdownable novel, confirming his status as the rising star of crime fiction.
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“Unbelievably assured and accomplished . . . 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.”
--- Flint Journal
“Tartan Noir has a fresh new voice with an Aberdeen brogue in Stuart MacBride, whose first mystery, Cold Granite , bids well to keep up with Ian Rankin and Denise Mina…. Cold Granite is never as dark and dangerous as the work of Mina and Rankin…. 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
“Newcomer Stuart MacBride joins an illustrious roster of Scottish crime writers…. By tangling together a half-dozen competing plotlines, MacBride keeps readers off-balance, even those who think they can see the tripwires.”
--- Houston Chronicle
“MacBride introduces a very likable and human protagonist.... A suspenseful and compelling mystery, this is strongly recommended.”
--- Library Journal (starred review)
“MacBride’s impressive first outing has plenty of atmosphere, subversive humor, and a sinuous plot reminiscent of fellow countryman Ian Rankin.”
--- Booklist (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.”
---Val McDermid, author of The Torment of Others
“Atmospheric, 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 U.K. in a long time.”
---Deborah Crombie, author of In a Dark House
With this follow-up to COLD GRANITE , deemed an "impressive debut" by Publishers Weekly, Stuart MacBride proves himself to be a rising star of crime fiction--and this time, the action is more explosive than ever…
A FALL FROM GRACE
On the coast of Scotland, in the "Granite City" of Aberdeen, Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Bumped to the homicide department's "Screw-up Squad" after a sting operation gone wrong, Logan will do anything to prove that he doesn't belong there…even if it means working overtime on two baffling cases: a fatal act of arson in a squatter's apartment and the murder of a prostitute in the city's notorious red-light district.
A DEADLY UPRISING
But when it rains in Aberdeen, it pours--and soon Logan is up to his neck in danger. Turns out the two cases might have something dangerously in common. Now, enlisting the help of his former D.I., his forensic-pathologist ex-girlfriend, and his fellow "no-hopers" on the squad, Logan is charged not only with solving a series of vicious crimes but saving his own life--and reputation--in the process.
"Well-written…savage, darkly comic." -- Publishers Weekly
"Inventive and imaginative." -- Dallas Morning News
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Book Description Harper, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007193165