Bloodshot (Logan McRae Series #3)

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Nearly bouncing back from a transfer, Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is still looking at nothing but dead ends. His only chance of escaping his current post is to get noticed. Not that any of the cases he?s working on are the type that you want to get noticed for.

For starters, someone dumped a dying man outside the hospital. McRae?s boss D.I. Roberta Steel and her team can?t get an ID on the man, the person who dropped him off, or the car. ...
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Nearly bouncing back from a transfer, Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is still looking at nothing but dead ends. His only chance of escaping his current post is to get noticed. Not that any of the cases he’s working on are the type that you want to get noticed for.

For starters, someone dumped a dying man outside the hospital. McRae’s boss D.I. Roberta Steel and her team can’t get an ID on the man, the person who dropped him off, or the car. McRae's second case is hardly any better. It involves a knife-wielding eight-year-old who is not only still at large but getting all kinds of sympathy in the newspapers. That kind of press does little for the department’s accusations against Robert Macintyre, Aberdeen’s star soccer player and another media darling. WPC Jackie Watson, McRae’s girlfriend, is convinced Robert is a serial rapist, but they can’t even hold him let alone charge him when the whole city thinks he’s being framed. Catching these perps is thankless work, and even if he does, it seems like McRae’s chances of getting off Steel’s team are as bad as Aberdeen’s without their leading goal scorer.

With his third masterful installment in a series that combines fast-paced suspense with a dark, distinctly Scottish sense of humor, Stuart MacBride has firmly established himself as a major crime-writing talent.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

at the start of McBride's vivid third Det. Sgt. Logan MacRae police procedural (after 2006's Dying Light), the Aberdeen police, on the trail of a serial rapist, catch Scottish sports hero Rob Macintyre stalking tarted-up Woman Police Constable Jackie Watson, MacRae's live-in lover. Macintyre's arrest ignites public sentiment against the police, stifling the investigation. Meanwhile, a second case drags MacRae into the local s&m scene, where he gets an unexpected education in the sordid details from his red-faced assistant constable, and then he has to track down an eight-year-old killer. The one thing the three cases have in common is that nothing is what it seems. MacRae bounces back and forth among them, yanked between two cranky, childlike detective inspectors demanding overtime and loyalty. When Jackie starts behaving suspiciously, Logan fears the truth may be worse than unfaithfulness. With a dose of sharp wit, MacBride effortlessly interweaves the plot strands while conjuring up three-dimensional characters who slog through the relentless sleet of Aberdeen. (Aug.)

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Library Journal

In MacBride's latest Scottish police procedural, Aberdeen detective sergeant Logan MacRae (Dying Light) must identify a man who had been tortured to death while working the case of an eight-year-old murderer of an old man. At the same time, girlfriend Jackie Watson becomes obsessed with a series of brutal rapes after the prime suspect-a star soccer player who was arrested during a rape attempt on Jackie-is released when his fiancée gives him an alibi. Nothing is ever simple in MacBride's brutal and gritty crime novels, as police investigations are hampered by laws and wily defense lawyers. In the same league as fellow Scots Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, MacBride writes like a champion. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ4/1/07.]

—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
Long-suffering Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae (Dying Light, 2006, etc.) must maneuver around a high-profile crime wave, a tricky romance and a pair of bosses who could easily qualify as the Scylla and Charybdis of Scottish law enforcement. Large and potty-mouthed, Detective Inspector Steel smells "of stale cigarette smoke and Chanel Number Five." Even larger, equally profane Detective Inspector Insch has "all the warmth of a butcher's bandsaw." Their low boiling points constantly make Logan's life miserable. And when they're both suddenly compelled to deal with a rash of crimes that attract reporters like maggots, they react with predictable ire, as if Logan were somehow to blame for the outbreak. Everyone at Grampian Police Force Headquarters knows who the brutal rapist of Aberdeen women is, but arrest and conviction are stymied because Rob Macintyre, lightning-fast professional footballer, is a local hero, and his alibi is ironclad. The case competes for headlines with the murder of an elderly Good Samaritan in broad daylight by someone who, though surrounded, stabs a policewoman and eludes capture-an eight-year-old desperado. As for the romance, Logan keeps learning the hard way that PC Jackie Watson is a burdensome woman to love. A procedural that manages to be authoritative, funny and at times surprisingly moving despite its ponderous length. Agent: Philip Patterson/Marjacq Scripts
From the Publisher
Praise for Dying Light “What is there in the Scottish air that makes its new writers among the best in the business these days?” —Chicago Tribune“Fans of Ian Rankin and Denise Mina will enjoy the mordant MacBride, whose second novel is every bit as dark and riveting as his debut, Cold Granite.”—-Publishers Weekly

“Any of the flamboyant evildoers in Dying Light could carry a terrific whodunit.”—-Entertainment WeeklyPraise for Cold Granite“Stuart MacBride joins an illustrious roster of Scottish crime writers. . . . By tangling together a half-dozen competing plot lines, MacBride keeps readers off-balance, even those who think they can see the tripwires.”—-Houston Chronicle “Grade: A . . . Tartan noir has a fresh new voice with an Aberdeen brogue in Stuart MacBride, whose first mystery, Cold Granite, bids well to keep up with Ian Rankin and Denise Mina. . . . I’m already looking forward to the next installment in the career of Det. Sgt. McRae.”—-Rocky Mountain News

“McRae is an interesting and subtle detective, and his investigation is both inventive and imaginative.”—-Dallas Morning News

“Unbelievably assured and accomplished . . . MacBride is starting at the very top with his first book, which approaches the level of Michael Connelly’s best work. . . . MacBride’s writing is so good here that it’s hard to believe it’s not a sign of staying power.”—-Flint Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312387952
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Series: Logan McRae Series , #3
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

STUART MACBRIDE is the author of three novels. His first, Cold Granite, won the Barry Award for Best First Novel and was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel as well. He lives in Aberdeen, Scotland, with his wife.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2010

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    Police procedural or farce?

    Found MacBride's wry style, quirky characters, and "local color" setting enjoyable. Consider a world where the citizens,when confronted by police at the door, serve tea and biscuits? However, MacBride doesn't let the plot stand on its own, but rather relies heavily on shock and gore to hold the reader. It doesn't work. The unfortunate Fettes, the anguished Garvie, and the conflicted Rickards are victims of exploitation by the author as much as by the book's villains. At least Sean Morrison's tragedy is -- thankfully -- somewhat neglected by MacBride. DS Logan McRae depends as much on blind luck and the ineptitude of his superiors as on his own insights. It all boils down to a campy sex underworld vs the Keystone cops. Bought this as a bargain book. Glad I didn't pay full price.

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    Bloodshot Stuart MacBride St. Martin's, Aug 2007, $24.95 ISBN 9780312339999 In Scotland the Aberdeen police department sets up a sting to catch a serial rapist as Constable Jackie Watson is dressed up to look like a hooker not a cop. When national sports hero Rob Macintyre is arrested for stalking her, the country is stunned and a bit upset. However, when the media announce that one of the arresting officials Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae is Jackie¿s live-in lover, everyone screams foul condemning the police. The Macintyre mess mangles the serial rapist investigation that is making no progress. MacRae works on two other cases at the same time he struggles with preventing another rape. On one inquiry he becomes a first hand expert re the local BDSM scene on the other he hunts an eight-year-old killer. None of the three investigations prove easy or simple as his respective superior detective inspectors yank his butt between each of them demanding MacRae only work on their case. However, making matters more difficult for MacRae is that he fears Jackie has crossed some line that spells the pending end of their relationship. --- Obviously this intelligent Scottish police procedural belongs to MacRae, but it is the ensemble support cast especially the cops, who turn BLOODSHOT into a great read. The three cases are tough enough, but to MacRae it is the unbelievable demands by his superiors that are making them impossible. With his personal life teetering, he tries to be in three places at the same time working a forty hour day. Sub-genre readers will appreciate his efforts and his previous caseload (see DYING LIGHT and COLD GRANITE). --- Harriet Klausner

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