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Publisher's Summary

Some things just wont stay buried.

The number one Sunday Times best-selling author returns with the much anticipated new Logan McRae thriller.

What drives someone to murder?

Logan McRae's personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he's policing his fellow officers.

When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the drivers seat of a crashed car, it's a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago. They buried him. Or they thought they did.

As an investigation is launched into Bell's stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what's so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead?

But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers - and there are people out there who will kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can't stop them, DI Bell won't be the only one to die.

©2018 Stuart MacBride (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for Stuart MacBride: "MacBride is a damned fine writer." (Peter James)

"A satisfyingly compelling thriller." (Sunday Mirror)

"Crime fiction of the highest order." (Mark Billingham)

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Brilliant, as Usual!

Love Stuart McBride!
Love Logan and Roberta et al!
Love Steve Worsley!
If you are a fan of Stuart/Logan books, then The Blood Road will not disappoint. Steve Worsley brings an already suspenseful police procedural to wonderful, Scottish life.
Please hurry with the next Logan McRae book, Stuart. And please don't change your narrator. 👍👏

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  • Tracey
  • Toowong, Australia
  • 18-07-2018

Best yet

So good to have Logan back on the beat! And with a new love interest. Great story, great narration - as always from Steve Worsley who IS both Logan and Steel simultaneously.
Thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks Stuart, you little fudge monkey.

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Gut clenching story

All the gang in a disturbing tale of good cops and evil people. This book is scary and bleak. Logan is a lovely miserable git and again, Roberta Steele, Tufty, and Rennie supply a refreshing distraction from all the emotional horror in this book. A great story Mr MacBride but I hope the next installment isn't as harrowing.

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Always a great yarn

The characters of Logan and Steel are always engaging. This storyline flowed along with some great twists and suspense to the end! Love the narration

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Disappointed

Should have been cut back to 30 chapters. Too much useless information e.g phone music, food purchases. Surely police are not as stupid as how these were described. Not recommended.

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  • Angela
  • White Peak, Australia
  • 07-07-2018

Brilliant author & best narrator

Stuart MacBride is so entertaining. You actually know his characters so well. They absolutely come to life especially with Steve Worsley narrating. My life grinds to a stand still with every new MacBride book. I just have to stop and listen. It’s impossible not to become engrossed. Always a treat. Bring on the next one

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Dear Mr MacBride....write faster

Love this series, and each time one comes to an end i am bereft, and anxiously await the next book.

Well written, superbly narrated and thoroughly enjoyable.

One spoiler alert....I need another ginger cat so i can call her Ginger McHotpants!

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  • katyb
  • 22-06-2018

Argh! Finished and I have to wait for the next one

Love this series! Perfect blend of mystery, comedy, and great characters. The narrator couldn't be better - sounds like it was written for him. Can't wait for the next in the series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-2018

Chilling story

Steve Worsley performed superbly as usual. The story lagged a little bit in places but not enough to spoil it.

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  • Simon
  • 30-07-2018

Another great Logan McRae book

It’s hard not to like this series of books, the flawed characters are easy to identity with, in fact it’s quite possible you know someone at work just like one of them. It goes deeper than just the characters and storyline though, the subject matter is at times hard going and tackles a number of emotive issues during the course of the book. The plot is complex and you’re always left wanting more, whenever you press pause.

All in all a great read!

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  • Margaret
  • 12-07-2018

A tedious listen.

As I was listening to this, I remembered why I stopped reading MacBride's books. They're very slow. It takes forever for the action to progress. And it's very serious subject matter interspersed with a lot of silliness. Too much "filler". The narrator was more than adequate given the material. My last MacBride.

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  • wbc
  • 06-07-2018

What happened?!

I love this series and was quite excited when The Blood Road was released. However, it fell flat for me. Even the narration was off and Steve Worsley had been flawless up to this point. It sounded as though he had forgotten the character voices. Logan didn't sound like himself and Robertta, at time, wasn't even close. I found that a distraction trying to figure out who was speaking.
No spoilers here. When "you know who" was brought in I found that hard to swallow and was never given much of a reason for the choices he made.
Reny is under used and in this one his personality was not inline with past stories. Roberta is such a great character and again her role seemed limited and the conversations between she and Logan were repetitive. Banter only goes so far.
I will give another installment in the series a go and hope it gets back on track.

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  • 6catz
  • 26-06-2018

Wow, I needed that

I LOVE Logan McRae and every single character in his world, right down to Kthulu the cat. There’s something about the way MacBride puts words together that makes me feel connected to his characters in a way that few authors can. This time out we meet a sadder, harder Logan, still talking to himself and Kthulu, tentatively exploring a new relationship, working in Standards and Practices and dealing with the most evil denizens Aberdeen has to offer. Steve Worsely is outstanding as always. Hope it never ends!

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  • Mary
  • 21-06-2018

Together Again

If you are listening to this you have probably listened to the other Logan McRae books too - you’ll know what to expect and you’ll get it. But this is particularly fun because the whole gang are reunited (“whoot”) and as wonderfully funny as ever. The plot satisfies all the hints dropped in previous books. I’m only a little anxious that there may be a slight suggestion of finality in the getting together of our favourites into an ultimately well functioning unit but I am really hoping there will still be many many more stories with McRae, Steel, Rennie & Tufty et al. Please?

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  • Jackie
  • 18-06-2018

The blood road Stuart McBrides best yet

Gripping and excellent narration I - so good I didn’t want it to end. So many twists and turns. A story of tragedy and cruelty but as with most McBride books interspersed with wit and humor- totally believable. Can’t wait for the next Logan and Roberta outing - first class.

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  • Mrs Mac
  • 26-07-2018

Blood Road is end of the road for me

This was my least favourite Logan book! Took ages to get through it as I had no eagerness to listen unlike previous books in the series.
The relationship between Logan & Steel is one of the best things about this series and the lack of it in this book had a huge impact for me.. missed the banter. Found I’d lost connection with Logan too and his lack of familiar connections in this book made it less interesting.. I didn’t care about the characters. There was no rapport.
The story line wasn’t great either. Paedophile rings ..who was going to enjoy that story line. Weakest one for me and possibly the end of the road. Shame as I was so into Logan & Steel

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-07-2018

A little disappointing

Didn't seem to reach the standards we have come to expect from this excellent author

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  • B J Theobald
  • 22-06-2018

Another great Logan McRae book

I love all Stuart MacBride's 'Logan McRae' books. He is a brilliant writer with some wonderful and funny 'sayings' between the characters, especially Logan and Steele. These books are all brought to life by Steve Worsley. He is a wonderful narrator and I couldn't imagine these stories being read by anyone else. Fantastic combination of writer and narrator!

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  • Susan
  • 17-06-2018

Brilliant Login Mc Rae and Steele

I absolutely loved it! I wish Stuart could two more of these books a year.

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  • Zoe
  • 13-08-2018

A solid story, past books are better.

A solid edition to his extensive collection of Logan McRae books, some interesting and gripping parts of the story but a bit uninteresting in the first few chapters, its a slow burner but finishes strong.

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  • Penny Cutter
  • 09-08-2018

Good story but...

Interesting story but marred by inane and childish dialogue between what are supposed to be professional police officers. Some overly ‘colourful’ characters.

Narration ok but with a tendency to sound like a petulant child, although that might have been due to the content.

Overall not for me.

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  • Ellepeapatz
  • 20-07-2018

My favourite narrator!

I have to credit Steve Worsley with bringing the Logan McRae books to life. His teuchter accent has to be the best I've heard and he manages to capture McRae and Steel & co perfectly. So, the story line is a bit far fetched but I listen to Stuart MacBride to be entertained and that he does for sure. (He is by far the most humourous and irreverent of all the authors I listen to.) The subject matter of this book is particularly disturbing so definitely not an easy listen at times but overall very enjoyable.

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  • J S Jones
  • 13-07-2018

Harrowingly brilliant.

So we'll written, heart breaking and thrilling. at times I thought is have to stop reading as it was so harrowing but it always pulled me back in. Not an easy read but a good one.