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Aberdeen's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves mutilated victims to be discovered on building sites - eyes gouged out and the sockets burned. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is assigned to the investigation, codenamed Operation Oedipus, but with the victims too scared to talk, it's going nowhere fast. When the next victim turns out to be not a newly arrived Eastern European, but Simon McLeod, owner of the Turf n' Track bookies, Logan suddenly finds himself caught up in a world of drug wars, prostitution rings and gun-running courtesy of Aberdeen's oldest and most vicious crime lord.
©2009 HarperCollins Publishers; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Lesley on 08-24-09

Blindingly Fast & Furious

Fabulous ! This would have to be THE best crime novel I've come across. Congratulations to Stuart MacBride. Wonderfully rounded, characters written with humour and a gritty understanding, even when they're being vile humans. Some writers seem to forget that even the worst villain likes him/herself a bit... MacBride remembered. D.I. Steel is a knockout character. Loved her!! The violence was brutal, the language chosen for realism and the plot was riveting.
The narration by the author was a magical PERFORMANCE and totally sold the book to me. All in all I resented being dragged away from listening and would recommend it to anyone who likes a tough, fast, real read.

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By Christopher on 01-09-12

Crime addicts take note!

When I was young man, crime novels were big but being in the UK, the main books I read were set in that country.

UK crime, more specifically Scottish crime has been popularised on TV with Taggart and Rebus. Stuart McBride's dark hero is a detective sergeant, an increasingly popular rank in police series, because everyone knows that policing will fall apart without the backbone of the police NCOs. Furthermore, Mr McBride has made his work more interesting by setting his tales in Aberdeen, a granite city, with granite crims and cops and I can almost smell the fish from the port. Once visited never forgotten, especially the rain.

Logan McRae, troubled detective is a survivor in a pretty primitive police culture, hard drinking smoking men and women bothered occasionally by political correctness. This is the most recent of the series and I wouldn't like to discriminate in any way - they are uniformly (sorry) tough, gritty and very well written examples of the genre. Furthermore, McRae is McRae and not Rebus. Stuart MacBride narrates this novel and does a superb job. I hope I live long enough to read forthcoming instalments of the travails of Logan McRae, his boozy lesbian Inspector, with whom he has a basically symbiotic relationship - they need one another.

There is no doubt in my mind that Stuart MacBride is a top-notch author who deserves to be read and heard.

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By Grumpy Trucker on 05-10-09

Another good read made better by being unabridged

I'm still only half way through this latest DS McRae outing but so far it's much better than the others. Why? Because we finally get an unabridged version of one of the books. I've always felt that the other books have been missing something due to being shortened, but here we get the full story as intended (and brilliantly read) by the author. So come on Audible, do us all a favour and obtain the unabridged versions of his other works. They are available, although very expensive, on other media.

Stuart MacBride's DS McRae, although previously described as 'no Rebus' is an excellently drawn character and these books make a cracking listen on a long journey. They really help pass the time. If you like Modern Detective stories then you can't go wrong with this one. A word of warning however - I would advise listening to these novels on order, as there is a lot of character backstory that carries over across the series.

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By BlueQuill on 09-29-14

Entertainment at high speed!

A brilliant story from Mr MacBride, as always, but goodness did he rush through it. I thought I'd set my player on double speed. His almost breathless narration very nearly spoiled the experience for me. Very nearly, but not quite. His characterisations were wonderful, Logan as always getting the sharp end of the stick, Steele at her acidic best, and I just wanted to punch Finney in the mouth. The secondary story had me wincing with embarrassment on Logan's behalf and Rennie's 'Sperminator' had me not touching handrails for weeks afterwards. Well done, Stuart. Another winner, but please, slow down next time, eh? My ears can't listen as fast as you read :-D

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By Jeff White on 11-30-17

great story though complex

loved the book and the characters just get better. book read rather quickly I thought though so lost atmosphere at times.

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By Col Gorman on 09-27-17

Just as good

I was a bit sceptical going into this book due to the change of narrator but quickly became use to Stuart’s narration A solid effort and great job by him.

Storyline was full of twists and turns that keep you interested

Poor old Logan can’t catch a break and I killed myself laughing at inspector Steels last few scenes in this book. Well played πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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