Stuart MacBride's first novel,'Cold Granite' was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers' best debut novel and won the Barry Award for best first novel. The follow-up, 'Dying Light', became an instant top-ten bestseller. Both books feature DS Logan McRae. Stuart MacBride won the 2007 Dagger in the Library, awarded for a body of work. Stuart lives in north-east Scotland with his wife Fiona, cat Grendel, and a vegetable plot full of weeds.
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.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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
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 Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.