Blind Eye (Logan McRae, Book 5)

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The Number One bestselling detective series. Nothing keeps a crime hidden like fear, and DS Logan McRae hits a dead-end in this 5th crime thriller from the award-winning Stuart MacBride.

‘You can’t be an eyewitness if I cut out your eyes…’

Someone’s preying on Aberdeen’s growing Polish population. The pattern is always the same: men abandoned on building sites, barely alive, their eyes gouged out and the sockets burned.

With the victims too ...

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Overview

The Number One bestselling detective series. Nothing keeps a crime hidden like fear, and DS Logan McRae hits a dead-end in this 5th crime thriller from the award-winning Stuart MacBride.

‘You can’t be an eyewitness if I cut out your eyes…’

Someone’s preying on Aberdeen’s growing Polish population. The pattern is always the same: men abandoned on building sites, barely alive, their eyes gouged out and the sockets burned.

With the victims too scared to talk, and the only witness a paedophile who’s on the run, Grampian Police is getting nowhere fast. The attacks are brutal, they keep on happening, and soon DS Logan McRae will have to decide how far he’s prepared to bend the rules to get a result.

The Granite City is on the brink of gang warfare; the investigating team are dogged by allegations of corruption; and Logan’s about to come to the attention of Aberdeen’s most notorious crime lord…

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Blind Eye:

‘Hard-hitting prose with a bone-dry humour and characters you can genuinely believe in, Stuart MacBride's Logan McRae series of novels are a real treat.’ Simon Kernick

‘Cracking dialogue … a standout crime novel’ Metro

‘Irresistible and repulsive in equal measure … The result? A real page-turner’ Scotland on Sunday

Praise for Stuart MacBride:

‘Ferocious and funny, this is Tartan Noir at its best’ Val McDermid

‘MacBride is a damned fine writer – no one does dark and gritty like him’ Peter James

Publishers Weekly
Det. Sgt. Logan McRae, who's still recovering from the bloody events of 2008's Flesh, investigates a series of brutal attacks on Polish immigrants in MacBride's excellent fifth novel to feature the Aberdeen, Scotland, cop. A local xenophobe, bitter about the influx of Polish workers, appears to be the culprit, but when one of the city's local crime bosses is assaulted, McRae begins to wonder if the violence is the result of a brewing turf war between Scottish crime figures and encroaching Eastern European thugs. Meanwhile, McRae and foul-mouthed Det. Insp. Roberta Steele are stuck babysitting Rory Simpson, a pedophile who becomes an inadvertent—but key—witness. MacBride's liberal use of humor, especially in the often slapstick rapport between McRae and the crusty Steel, never detracts from the action. A lesser writer would have fumbled such a complexly layered plot, but MacBride is in his element the more dark and twisted the story—and characters—become. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In his fifth outing (after Flesh House), Logan McRae, a Scottish detective sergeant in the Aberdeen Police Force, is investigating a series of blindings involving Polish immigrants, which are followed by vicious anonymous letters sent to the police. When a call to a Polish liaison officer reveals that there is a history of identical crimes in Poland, McRae is sent to Warsaw and then Krakow to locate some of the victims. In Krakow, he is finally successful, but things take an unexpected turn, and McRae is drawn into gangland turf wars in Poland and Scotland. Back in Aberdeen, he's in deep trouble with the rival gangs and with his superiors. Just when McRae thinks he's figured out what is going on, he discovers that he's gotten things very, very wrong. VERDICT MacBride's tightly written plot is liberally seeded with suspense and humor. An essential read for his fans and readers who enjoy gritty British procedurals. [Library marketing campaign.]—Lisa Hanson O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg
Kirkus Reviews
Aberdeen serial killer takes eyes, leaves notes, frustrates police. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is called to the scene of another "Oedipus murder," the work of an elusive serial killer mostly targeting Polish immigrants. Eyes of the victims are gouged out and notes excoriating immigrants left behind. The grisly murder scenes unsettle Logan almost as much as the constant condescension of DCI Finnie, his boss. Logan catches a break when he escapes Finnie's abuse and is teamed with Detective Inspector Steel, a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking, chain-smoking, skirt-chasing lesbian. But it's out of the frying pan and into the fire, as Steel tends to create violent messes Logan is left to clean up. When Steel fingers Simon Mcleod, member of a large and shady clan of thugs who owns the grimy pub Turf 'n Track, as a likely suspect or informant, a melee and police bust ensue. A few days later, the duo is taking a cloying child molester named Rory to jail when a disturbance at a building site grabs their attention. They arrive in time to grapple with the Oedipus killer and discover his latest victim: Simon Mcleod. The accompanying note this time lambastes incompetent coppers. Though Logan and Steel don't get a look at the killer, Rory does. The twisted trail to a solution leads through a Polish porn star and an eyewitness more afraid of his mother than of the police. Logan's fifth procedural (Flesh House, 2008, etc.) crackles with energy, humor and a refreshingly specific sense of place.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007342570
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 12/26/2012
  • Series: Logan McRae Series , #5
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 356,697
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart MacBride is the No.1 bestselling author of the DS Logan McRae series. His novels have won him the CWA Dagger in the Library, the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel, and Best Breakthrough Author at the ITV3 crime thriller awards. Stuart’s other works include Halfhead, a near-future thriller, Sawbones, a novella aimed at adult emergent readers, and several short stories. He lives in the north-east of Scotland with his wife, Fiona, and cat, Grendel.
Stuart lives in north-east Scotland with his wife Fiona, cat Grendel, and a vegetable plot full of weeds.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    This is a strong Scottish police procedural

    Although Aberdeen, Scotland Detective Sergeant. Logan McRae is still healing from the brutal Flesh House case he investigates nasty hate crime assaults on Polish immigrants; even the cops are horrified with what has happened to the eyes of the victims. DCI Finnie believes the prime suspect Gilchrist is a malcontent who loathes the influx of foreigners from East Europe for taking the jobs away from locals.

    However, Logan wonders if something else is the motive beyond the attacks when even a crime boss is beaten. Instead Logan considers a mob war between Scottish mobsters and Polish gangsters while Finnie tells him to stop thinking as that is not standard operating procedure for a DS. Meanwhile, McRae feels a double whammy when Finnie punishes him by sticking him with loud mouth Detective Inspector Roberta Steele to keep witness Rory Simpson, a pedophile, safe from an angry female stalker.

    This is a strong Scottish police procedural that is owned by Logan but contains a deep support ensemble especially the cops. The investigation is cleverly devised so that Logan is once again an outsider in trouble with his superiors especially pompous Finnie. Fans will enjoy his latest case as he works around the bureaucrats to solve the hate crimes. His back case load is also worth reading (see BLOODSHOT, DYING LIGHT and COLD GRANITE).

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    Another great work from Stuart MacBride!

    I could not wait for the US edition to come out, so I sent to England for this book and was, once again, not in the least disappointed. What other mystery makes you laugh out loud one page, and groan from a graphic portrayal of a gruesome attack and murders in the next??? The characters are so well drawn, the writing is crisp and compelling and I cannot wait for the next book. Bring on more Laz!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Enjoying it

    Almost done with this book - really like the Logan McRae series. Like the characters. The only things that turned my rating from a 5 to a 3 is that I miss DI Insch, don't connect at all with DI Finnie and they have taken DI Steele and changed her from funny to sort of annoying. Logan's new love interest in this book doesn't work well either. The story line is good and the fact that I am about 80% through it and have no clue how this is going to turn out.... Well, that is how I judge how good a story is!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    recommend

    I am his biggest fan. His books are a bit gruesome and not for the faint of heart. And LOL you feel like you are learning a new language.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Meet me at the hunger games

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    Posted January 18, 2014

    Logan

    Meet me a hunger games where we meet

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Stuart MacBride continues to make Logan interesting, surprising, and human. The previous action from other stories are never forgotten. And, DI Steel's hair, as always, has a few new and inventive descriptions. I will continue buying the books of the Logan McRae series. Hopefully there will be many, many more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Grisly fiction you can't put down!

    Another of Stuart MacBride's novels you are drawn into even though you can't imagine someone actually doing the things described.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Hooked!!

    Ditto

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Read This!

    I started with book 1 of the series and got hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Another good mystery

    Another good mystery book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Love

    I am totally hooked on this series. Fast paced, a terrific cast of characters and plots that keep you guessing. What's not to love? The Scotland setting might put some people off but I thoroughly enjoy it.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

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    A must have

    If ur on the case with Logan don't miss these cases. How he gets himself in and out of trouble make me want to be his side kick and its almost like u r. I'm not sure how he put up with the DI McPherson without chocking the life out of them alone with Steele don't miss it you will be sorry!

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