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Publisher's Summary

The stunning new thriller from number one Sunday Times best seller Stuart MacBride.

One down....

A dark night in the isolated Scottish countryside. Nicholas Wilson, a prominent professor known for his divisive social media rants, leaves the house with his dog, as he does every night. But this time he doesn’t come back....

Two down....

The last thing Inspector Logan McRae wants is to take on such a high-profile case. But when a second man vanishes in similar circumstances, the media turns its merciless gaze on him and he has no choice.

Who’s next?

Then body parts start arriving in the post. Someone out there is trying to make a point and they’re making it in blood.

From number one best seller Stuart MacBride comes a thrilling new novel which will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first second to the last.

©2019 Stuart MacBride (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Dark and brilliantly written." (Linwood Barclay)

"A satisfying read and a hugely thoughtful novel...there’s no let-up for the reader." (Scotland on Sunday)  

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Another Logan McRae winner.

I am a huge fan of Stuart MacBride’s works but his Logan McRae series is by far the best, and the most extensive by far.
Cold Granite, the first Logan McRae novel, was held under my nose by an elderly man in a library many years ago. He asked me if I liked crime novels and when I said yes, he thrust the paperback into my hand and said ‘read this’! How could I refuse?
I consumed that book in less than 24 hours and an addiction was born. At one stage I found audiobooks and was thrilled to see all of the Logan McRae series on audio and I have listened, enthralled and not a little nauseated, to all Logan’s horrifying adventures, narrated mostly by Steve Worsley, but some of the earlier works were narrated by others. If I remember correctly, I think Stuart MacBride narrated one himself.
These books are more than a little gruesome and I constantly shake my head at Stuart’s ability to come up with the horrifying scenarios he presents the reader with.
Logan is a constant bright light throughout but his life is very far from being a bed of roses. Roberta Steele, his crusty, gruff lesbian sidekick, while adding a lot of comic relief, is also an instinctive police officer who all the while manages to break almost every rule in the book and does it to the accompaniment of some of the choicest epithets and sexual innuendo you are ever likely to read (or in the case of the audio versions, hear).
I love Steve Worsley’s narration, but that might have something to do with my Scottish ancestry—I love a good Scottish burr (as well as bagpipes) and Steve does them all really well. I read another review for All That’s Dead and the reviewer awarded only one star and cited—in his/her eyes—that Steve’s efforts at a New Zealander accent were appalling. The character with the New Zealander accent is present for what is probably less than a dozen times throughout the book and to my unNew Zealander appreciation of the accent—from an Australian’s POV but whose son’s partner is a New Zealander—it didn’t sound so very appalling to me. I have heard Steve do Australian accents and have been far from offended, because for me, the story is the all important thing.
Please don’t ignore this book because of that review, because you will not be disappointed (perhaps a little green around the gills with the gruesomeness). If you love Scotland and a good police procedural, then read/listen to this and the whole of the Logan McRae series.

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A bit overdone

I did not manage to finish this book. Too many wacky weirdo characters. Seemed to me that the author was trying to hard to make everybody eccentric and ridiculous. It just seem to be a bit exaggerated.

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Logan Has Changed

Its a shame, it is a real shame how much Logan seems to have been entrapped into the negative down trodden way of police life. He used to be full of sprite and positivity about policing and helping young recruits through the system and now he seems to have taken on the personality of Det. Steel. This book was genuinely a real let down. I have listened to every single one of this series and this was a real let down. Finished it feeling very negative about life in general. Not a good listen at all.

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Brilliant but...

A really well written story. I love Steve Worsley's narration but, as a New Zealander, I can say I found the New Zealand accent hilarious. It seems to have been modelled on Murray from The Flight of the Conchords who speaks with an exaggerated comic New Zealand accent. It would have been better to model it on Brett or Germaine who have more normal New Zealand accents, or our wonderful Jacinda Ardern. Apart from the distraction of this I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook and would recommend it.

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a struggle

a struggle to get through but I kept pushing on to.no avail.. well I hav 4 hours left but I just cant.. just something really unexciting about the righting style for me personally

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ANOTHER GREAT LISTEN FROM AUDIBLE

This was my first book from Stuart MacBride and will not be my last. Stuart kept my attention right from the opening paragraph. Steve Worsley did a great job of the Narration. A very well done imitation of the Kiwi accent. What a gem of an idea having a Kiwi copper in the story, this added a nice flair to the story. Definitely gruesome in parts but blended right in to the story. A n overall great listen.

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a little painful to listen to

all the characters in this book were over the top eccentric morons.
the main character was a short- tempered, judgemental prat.
it was hard to tell if the author was aiming for: a comedy or a serious crime novel.
I hate narrators trying to put on an AUstralian or New Zealand accent. this story has a character from NZ in it. The accent sounded like a fake South African accent

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Awful could not finish

If the Scottish Police are as bad and useless as these characters it would not be safe to walk the streets.

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All that’s dead

This is a great book hope it is not the end of the series. Could not stop listening

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  • 27-05-2019

Terrible narration

Please, for the sake of everybody’s ears, never, ever attempt to do a Kiwi accent again. That was the most horrific, nerve grating attempt that’s ever been heard. It was some sort mutated cross between Aussie and South African. Never do that again.
It was so unfortunate that the narration destroyed a great story.

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