The dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die. If Logan isn't careful, he's going to end up joining them.
Set in Aberdeen, where the rainy season lasts all year, criminal gangs vie for supremacy on the streets, and the oil industry brings an influx of wealth and vice, this is a gritty, powerful debut thriller by a writer with a wonderfully observant eye and a characteristically Scottish sense of gallows humour.
©2005 Stuart MacBride; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK
Went with this one as it was the only version available but I wish it was the unabridged one. Lots is story missed out and didn't get the proper character introductions or back story (I've read the book so am aware of the missing bits). Aside from that it's fun (for a police book about dead children that it) and the narrator did a great job. Stuart MacBride writes as Scottish people talk so it was great to hear it as he intended.
"Excellent! Stuart MacBride! Fantastic"
Grisly gruesome ghastly kidnappings & murders in The Granite City, of Aberdeen Scotland. Lots of twist and turns. The Narration is superb! You won’t put this one down until the spine tingling end!
More! More! More!
"gritty, human, great fun"
The characters are real people, who make mistakes, but keep trying. And the best part is, they are genuinely funny along the way. This is the first book i've listened to by this author, and have to say i thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is quite good, but it's really the odd cast of characters and their dialog that seemed so refreshing and interesting to me. The narration was excellent as well. Highly recommended.
Great book and marvelous narration. The plot is intricate and satisfying. The characters are credible and gritty. I was delighted to come across a new author, or new to me, whose writing has an authentic British flavour and whose characters seem to live on the page.
"Abridged so who knows?"
Huge holes in this, plus you can't really enter into the story since so much is missing. Deeply disappointing! I love Stuart macbride so I'm sure the book is excellent. Just avoid this crap version.
"Abridgment Doesn't Make A Difference"
I love, love, love Stuart MacBride. This book is the first in the Logan MacRae series and, since I found it, I am now hooked! MacBride is a terrifically entertaining author; one of the best I have read. Until I found him, Nelson Demille was my favorite author in this genre. It's nice to have found another great one!
John Sessions performs this rather than just reading it. You can tell that he is a very good actor and really puts a lot of effort into his portrayals of the characters.
If you like detective fiction, with some dark humor thrown in, you will enjoy this book and the whole Logan MacRae series. And if you are not familiar with British slang you may want to brush up before reading this author.
I've read a few of the other books in the series but it was great to listen to the first one and learn little things, like why he is called Lazarus- favourite part.
Without doubt! Another great book from Stuart Macbride!
I love the real life humor that Stuart interjects into the lives of the characters, which was masterfully narrated by John Sessions. The turns of phrases are just hilarious at times, even though the story involves grizzly murders.
There were too many favorite scenes to pick just one, but I enjoyed the briefings with DCI Inch.
John Sessions performed the characters in the book so well. What a treat when books are cast so perfectly!
"Compelling action. Wonderfully written."
My wife and I couldn't stop listening until story was done. Excellent writing and loved the performance. We are hooked and will be downloading the whole series.
"Excellent detective novel"
This was a compelling, fast moving story. As a native Aberdonian, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I particularly enjoyed the fact that it was set in areas I was familiar with in Aberdeen. I would have given the narrator a full 5 stars, had he not pronounced rowies and Marischal Steet wrongly. Otherwise everything was very good.
"Not For The Aberdeen Tourist Authority"
Fantastic listen, the narration is excellent, the tale forces you to think but the humour breaks up what could be a very dark and disturbing story. Highly recommended.
At the stat I thought it would be too gruesome for me as child or animal cruelty is a subject I avoid. But Stuart Mac Brides tale expertly narrated but the smooth voice of John Sessions gently took the listener from one vile, wicked find and quickly showed us where there was a crack in the plot where DC Logan could find hope and move the story forward.
I am looking forward to listening to his other books.
"Great story, poor performance"
It was a great story, gritty, touching, down and dirty, dealing with real issues without sugar coating them.
Always Logan McRae. He's a hard done by cop with a heart of gold who has a lot to put up with without it driving him crazy.
No. He was rubbish. Very stilted in his narration and he got his pronunciations wrong.
Abridging a book is never a good idea. There is so much of the story missing and having read the paperback I know what those parts are and they were crucial to the story. If a narrator is being paid by the hour to read a story cutting the story to meet a budget makes for a shoddy job. If cost is an issue at the expense of the story, get a less well known name to do the reading and keep the whole book.
Great story and well narrated.
Shorter than normal crime books and couldn't wait top download the next book in the series
Just a quick note to say that I think John Sessions was masterful in his reading, pronunciation and acting and made this book, that I have already read in paperback, even more accessible and enjoyable. It's just a shame that it was an abridged version.
If you don`t mind grapic descriptions of situations and objects then this is a must for you. Having lived and worked in and around Aberdeen for many years, I found the accuracy of this tale spot on. On occasion the language is, to say the least, a bit strong, but reflects the working class dialect accurately. Please can someone tell John Sessions, good as he is, that Marischal Street and Portlethen are not pronounced as he says them, but he does get the dialect and other pronounciation as close to the real thing as possible. Full of great characters from the word go, this volume is a must for any serious crime thriller reader. Very highly recommended.
Great story,characters are brilliant and wonderfully read by John Sessions. Will definitely listen read more. Highly recommended
"gripping could stop"
Well narrated the storyline got you hooked right to the end. Excellent thrilling great read
"the first logan macrae story"
why oh why are the first few books abridged? and good though John sessions is the author has him beat just listen to the later books. this is the genisis of the macrae world and we are given glimpses of the treasure to come.
"Good but quite gritty"
Very good story bit graphic in some details, but likeable police characters and very well read.
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