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Publisher's Summary

The number one best-selling crime series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. In this third DS Logan McRae thriller, the Granite City's seedy side is about to be exposed....
A serial rapist is leaving a string of tortured women behind him, but while DS Logan McRae's girlfriend, PC Jackie 'Ball Breaker' Watson, is out acting as bait, he's trying to identify a blood-drenched body dumped outside Accident and Emergency.
Logan's investigations suggest someone in the local bondage community has developed a taste for violent death, and he soon finds himself dragged into the twilight world of pornographers, sex-shops and S&M.
Meanwhile, the prime suspect in the rape case turns out to be Aberdeen Football Club's star striker. Logan thinks they've got it horribly wrong, but Jackie is convinced the footballer's guilty and she's hell-bent on a conviction at any cost....
©2007 Stuart MacBride (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Compelling reading...a tribute to MacBride's storytelling skill." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Grim, gritty and great fun." (Daily Sport)
"Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order." (Mark Billingham)
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By Maine Knitter on 08-25-17

Another great one.

Gruesome at times but a fabulous read. The characters are quite interesting and the black humor had me chuckling aloud. I enjoy this series and the narration is perfect. I'm only sorry the next book in the series isn't available at Audible for another few weeks. I have it pre-ordered.

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By ashley on 08-04-17

Slight spoiler, info that is later in the book

Does mr. Macbride have children I wonder? I found the story of the 8 year old boy unbelievable and the way they treated that crime. I'm not sure Ivey ever even heard of that type of murder by a child that young. If so, it's handled very differently than I believe they handled it. Of course, I'm in the US... but still locking an 8 year old up until he is 30? I doubt that entire narrative. I hope in the future me. Macbride does more research on child crime. The way they manhandled him etc....sorry I didn't buy it. Not 8. I have a grandson 8 years old. I know what they are capable of. Certainly not this kind of crime.even IF he could we don't treat children like adult criminals...he was even a teen.
As anyone who has read mr macbride knows these are great books. Don't hesitate because of minor flaws. I just wanted to point that out because it bothered me. Otherwise great narration, fascinating story. Enjoy.

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By lismacarrol1903 on 08-13-17

Simply Brilliant

I believe this is my favourite book so far. Logan and Detective Steele are great characters. Would definitely recommend this book. You won't put it down

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By Mark on 09-07-17

Always a great read (listen)

Another great Logan McRae story from the brilliant mind of Stuart MacBride, well recommended to anyone

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By Jeff White on 10-18-17

Great story

Wow what an epic. Logan, despite stuffing everything up still comes out on top in the end. he should retire now before he gets killed. can't wait till the next book.

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By Col Gorman on 09-12-17


I am really enjoying this series. The plot twisted and turned as with the other MacBride books in this series.

Great narration by Steve Worsley as in the other books as well.

Look forward to starting the next

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