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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,629 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stuart MacBride Narrator: John Sessions Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Four-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch - strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. There's a killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood. If that wasn't enough, Logan also has to contend with a new boss, DI Insch, who doesn't suffer fools gladly and thinks everyone's a fool, and his own ex-girlfriend, the beautiful but chilly Isobel MacAlister, who also happens to be the chief pathologist. The only good news is WPC Ball Breaker Watson, Logan's new guardian angel.

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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Thames | 2/13/2014

    " Good enough for me to get the second one. I am enjoying the Scottish dialect and the Aberdeen location. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 2/10/2014

    " A supremely grim story, but so supremely well written that I couldn't stop turning each page. I had a hard time going to sleep at night as I wanted to keep reading this on my Nook. It seemed truer to how police work is done, false leads followed leading nowhere, cruel perpetrators, bad victims as well as sad. Not for the faint of heart, this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 1/30/2014

    " Great crime novel, received free on my nook. Children are being murdered in Aberdeen, and it's up to Detective Logan to fiind the killer. I love the descriptions the au.thor uses to describe the crime scenes and the city. He really has a knack for placing youthere amongst the chaos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/28/2014

    " not as good as i was hoping. the whole book seemed to go quite slow. luckily it saved itself in the end. i will certainly read the next ones in the ds mcrae series as i love the characters and stuart mcbride's style of writing however i hope they improve "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorna | 1/27/2014

    " A bit like Taggart let loose in Aberdeen but I enjoyed whether it is worth reading more I wont know til the next one! one of my Kindle cheapies! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/10/2014

    " I couldn't put this down and had to stop myself from staying up all night finishing it. Enough twists to keep me guessing and interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 1/10/2014

    " A well crafted tale with all the grisly components of a serial killer on the loose in Aberdeen, Scotland. This first mystery novel by Stuart MacBride introduces us a new detective named Logan McRae. Since this is the first outing by MacBride, I don't have a real sense of who DS McRae is, but I'm guessing the author will flesh out the character more completely in subsequent novels. There's the usual twists and turns, typical in a police procedural, and the book did remind me a little bit of Ian Rankin's works (maybe simply because it takes place in Scotland), but it was a little easier to read and digest than some of the John Rebus books. As a free digital download from Barnes and Noble, I couldn't really go wrong by downloading it to my Nook. That said, I think I'd try another Logan MacRae book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon Mackenzie | 1/9/2014

    " Excellent "new" discovery in the tartan noire genre. Pretty gruesome stuff set in a perpetually raining Aberdeen. Heavy post-mortem situations but lightened up with romantic episodes and ironic humour. Enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Stevens | 1/4/2014

    " Serial? Child killers, more rain than Aberdeen actually has, a likable Detective Sargeant, and gruesome autopsies. The plot was clever though and I liked most of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BJ | 12/13/2013

    " This was a Free Friday freebie for my Nook. I don't read many British mysteries, but I loved this one. Lucky for me, this is the first one in a series and there are 6 or 7 more already written, so I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blake Bowen | 12/10/2013

    " Started off fast-paced,but slowly turned into a cliched plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 12/2/2013

    " Fast becoming one of my new favourite writers. His style of writing, the twists, and the perfect pace leads the reader into a fascinating world. It's graphic and dark, hold on tight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 11/24/2013

    " I thought this book was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 9/30/2013

    " Very gripping, well-written mystery here. I did almost put it down because of the subject matter, but made it through. Looking forward to reading one from this author where little kids aren't the victims. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malcolm Campbell | 9/24/2013

    " I really liked DS Logan McRae and the two contrasting styles of DI. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lillie | 7/28/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars-enjoyed most of it but thought it could do with some editing and maybe one or two less convoluted paths to follow. Are there really that many child killers in Aberdeen? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 5/21/2013

    " It was okay. Just think I am not too into this genre. It as a freebie, so I thought I'd give it a go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 2/4/2013

    " Really terrific first novel, however much the incessant rain was almost unbearable. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.g. | 12/1/2012

    " Cold Granite is my first Stuart MacBride book. It's reflects the reality of police work because even though there were a few cases to handle, the author did not try to connect them together. Other crime books I've read often force a connection between the multiple cases and that's rare in real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon Mccarthy | 11/26/2012

    " Pretty dam gritty and good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/21/2012

    " I liked the main character in this. Police officers tend to seem so self-assured in the books I read; this one is easily embarrassed and not always certain of himself. He also makes a fair number of mistakes. I liked him for that. Story was good, paced well. Started on the 2nd book of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Saxon | 7/12/2012

    " Better than shatter the bones, but still bleating on about 'pool cars' and old tatty surroundings, though it has no relevance to the story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/27/2012

    " I found Stuart MacBride on one of the book award lists for mystery writers while searching for things for my hubby to read. His protagonist, Logan MacRae, is a kind of edgy police detective in Aberdeen, Scotland. Hubby was so/so on it, but I'll read more by MacBride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dinah | 1/27/2012

    " Brilliant read. Not for the faint-hearted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akeem | 12/19/2011

    " Crimes in Aberdeen are heinous in Cold Granite. And the way all the cases unravel and reveal the motives behind themselves is . . . GOOD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaynor | 8/4/2011

    " Awesome read, love the indepth storytelling and believable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/18/2011

    " My first by this author. A bit gory. I could just imagine Ken Stott in the leading role. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan2010 | 4/3/2011

    " loved the mix of dark humor and murder "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 2/21/2011

    " Solid and absorbing crime thriller with very real, and sometimes funny characters. I had a good idea of 'whodunnit'earlier than I expected but still very much enjoyed the various cases mingling together and unfolding throughout the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilias | 2/13/2011

    " Clever crime novel set in Aberdeen in the rain! Dark content and humour so may not be to everyone's taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 1/15/2011

    " This book was really gory, but I'll read more of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 1/4/2011

    " I think the jacket quote from Telegraph sums it up well - "Riveting and gruesome" - like a traffic accident, sickening but at the same time hard to avert your eyes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blake | 9/27/2010

    " Started off fast-paced,but slowly turned into a cliched plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/5/2010

    " I couldn't put this down and had to stop myself from staying up all night finishing it. Enough twists to keep me guessing and interesting characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annice | 5/11/2010

    " Excellent police murder mystery. This is MacBride's first book and it is terrific. Highly recommend. Takes place in Scotland which is interesting. The great humor keeps the subject matter from being too horrific. Will be looking for the other books by this author. "

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