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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

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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A little too laboured

This is the third in this series I have listened to and I did enjoy it but I am finding certain aspects of the story telling increasingly frustrating. Although funny, the continual descriptions of the two central DI character’s revolting personal habits is too much and has become a crutch the author is always leaning on. Add to this, Logan as whipping boy, batted between the two DI’s without a will of his own is wearing thin. Some of the investigative processes are so dodgy as to be laughable leaving pretty big plot holes. The insistence from one person or another that a suspect is guilty without any evidence is annoying.

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Book 3 Logan McCrae

I have enjoyed the first 2 books in this series but I am getting tired of all the anxt that goes on, especially with Steele and Inch. Detracts from the story. Doesn't make for relaxing listening. As always, excellent narration.

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Excellent story

I really enjoy this author, the twists and turns in his plots, but more so, the characters he creates.
Steve Worsley is excellent as a narrator, he brings the story to life. His reading is clear and at a good pace.
This book has numerous twists, and i enjoyed it from start to finish

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Highly recommended

Loved it. Funny. Gripping. Great story with real characters. Excellent narration. Definite page turner.

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Fantastic

Gritty, edgy and a fantastic series. The characters are flawed but together make a great team who somehow seem to get things done.
Recommend reading for those folk who enjoy crime series

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  • 18-01-2020

Enjoyed this book

A great read, quirky humor. I’m enjoying the characters and their voices. Really enjoyed the story line. Need to know what’s happening next...

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nor his best

i thought is was not as good as others by the same author. narration enjoyable. story line different.

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unintentionally hilarious

the BDSM community will surely be laughing their collared heads off at this hilariously bad depiction of their community. It was fun nonetheless

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Full on!

I got through this book quickly...although I found it difficult to follow. I felt there were too many story lines.

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loved it

great book and like the other's in the series I struggled to our it down.

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  • Ted
  • 14-12-2019

Whine... Whine... Whine... Whine... !!!!

Everyone is put upon. Everyone's a moping victim. Everyone's on everyone else's case. What's happened to Logan McRae? His associates? This is the world's most dysfunctional squad of screw-ups - and not for any comic purpose. So much unresolved tension and contention. Will this ever end? Well for me it ends with this installment of the world's whiniest cop squat. Yeah, they resolve murders but only at the expense of their ghastly interpersonal messes. Is Scotland this depressing? Go Away!!!

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  • Dr Dina
  • 03-10-2018

Wonderful trip to Aberdeen!

Great story, fun and quirky characters. Performance by Steve Worsley is flawless as always. Well worth a listen!

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  • Patti
  • 19-02-2022

could be bad for my health

I will be starting my fourth book in this series. I am becoming sleep deprived because I can't stop listening/reading Stuart MacBride. He is quickly becoming one of my 15 favorite authors. I will sleep, wake up and listen more, sleep-wake up,listen, sleep, wake up listen, etc. With all the suspense, twist and turns , skipping ahead, missing a page meant I had to go back and recover pages to keep from missing the best parts (every chapter and page ) is loaded with those parts.. Love a book that keeps me on my toes from beginning to end. Stuart MacBride delivers
Yes, I totally enjoyed the first 3 books, I am looking forward to listening to the next 9.
Number 4 is waiting for me. I will say nothing about the book subject. There have been a few times I've read reviews giving away the best parts. I can say for me, Mr. MacBride books are not for the faint hearted, they are by all accounts murder/mystery, with police officers much like real people in a very real world. Solving crimes, with never ending old/new cases, and solving personal crisis that invade their lives.
OK, done, I am off to listen to book 4.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-2020

Worth it just for Steel

Another solid installment in the series. I love the humor relief in this book. SM does it better than anyone else. Detectives need a way to lighten the mood more than most. And Roberta Steel is the best in the biz lol. On to the next one..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-2019

Another fantastic read

Thoroughly enjoyed McRae's adventures, the descriptive writing of the author and passion of the narrator has me hooked!

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  • Steven Ray
  • 21-09-2018

Excellent Series

The only thing I don’t like about this series is knowing I will eventually finish it.

The plot and performance are excellent! Though the stories can be dark and disturbing, I laugh out loud at DI Steele’s comments.

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  • Simon
  • 11-05-2018

Very enjoyable

Excellent story and superbly well performed. I plan to listen to the whole series. Bravo!

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  • Kelly
  • 04-08-2017

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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  • Watson H. Rhodes
  • 02-04-2018

Can't handle an 8-year-old

Overall the book is good, but sometimes the main character is as stupid as the people they arrest say the cops are. Logan gets beat up by an 8-year-old. An 8-year-old! One he knew was armed and dangerous. One he was ready for. One he knew was violent. Plus Logan is just so wishy-washy sometimes. My only explanation is that he's continously sleep-deprived. Unfortunately he also seems to be the best the Aberdeen police have, which isn't saying much.

However, the characters remain interesting. This series has plenty of humor. The books are good. They could be better if Logan becomes more skilled than lucky.

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  • night owl
  • 20-03-2018

Great writer,Great Narration

Stuart Mac Bride is one of the best. Yes his books are too gruesome and some parts are ridiculous. He makes up for this with true to life ,great characters and a quirky dark humor I love. A reviewer for one of his books said the dialogue was too immature. These represent real people coping.If they were serious and mature all the time they wouldn't last long.

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  • lismacarrol1903
  • 13-08-2017

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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  • Mark
  • 07-09-2017

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-2017

loved it!

Perfectly narrated great story, made me laugh and grimace in equal amounts. D S Steel is a legend! Hooked on the series, my new favourite soap.

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  • M. Gosney
  • 30-10-2017

DCI 'Steels' the show!

Great storyline. The characters come to life brilliantly. Loving DCI Steel's one-liners and put-downs. She injects real humour into the gruesome backdrop.

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  • Flint
  • 25-08-2017

Still not as good as the first book

The narration was excellent and I enjoyed listening to the book, however I had some reservations about this book. The characters have become more extreme and less believable in each book. The main characters had a sense of gloom and desperation hanging over them throughout the book and a number of police officers lacked integrity and made reckless decisions which were out of character and not credible.

For the most part I thought the author tackled the BDSM aspect of the book in a fair and open minded way, but the conclusion of that aspect of the plot was very disappointing and was not well researched.

I intend to read the next book in the series, in the hope that it will be more believable and a bit more cheerful than this one.

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  • AJBee
  • 27-11-2017

Exquisite!

Can't get enough of Stuart MacBride. Incredible characters, flawless stories and Steve Worsley's narrating just makes the whole thing perfect.

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  • CLIVE S G FENN
  • 04-11-2017

maybe a tad long

The action seemed to drag slightly as obvious twists and turns unravel. The final twist I did not spot as I had started to lose interest in the major characters and the violence that seemed to come their way. I had a few rests from the story as I began to wonder if the behaviour was credible. But it is detective story so I got what I paid for.

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 03-03-2018

Another winner

Once again author and narrator have a winning combination, Steve Worsley brings alive all the correctors that Stuart Macbride conjures up and encloses you in the story

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  • jamie
  • 01-12-2017

Another Brilliant Book

Really happy I found this series. Really enjoy Detective books and this does not disappoint.

Great characters, excellent storylines and hilarious at times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-05-2022

good read

This is my second book by this author and narrator and I wonder why everyone is always angry and insulting? no one is in a good mood... ever! Took me a while to get used to the narrator but it gets better after the first book. The writing is great though. Looking forward to the next in the series

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