It can be grim in Aberdeen. But now it's sheer, bloody murder.
Stuart MacBride has scrubbed toilets offshore, flunked out of university, set up his own graphic design company, worked for some really nasty marketing people, got dragged into the heady world of the internet, developed massive applications for the oil industry, drunk heaps of wine and created the perfect recipe for mushroom soup. He lives, just left of the back of beyond, in North-east Scotland with his wife Fiona and enough potatoes to feed an army. Cold Granite is his first novel.
MacBride's debut is a tense police procedural/mystery set in Aberdeen, Scotland, amidst the cold and rain of a dark December. Det. Sgt. Logan McRae, recently recovered from a knife attack, is called on his first day back to investigate the killing of a three-year-old. Within days, the number of murdered or missing children in Aberdeen rises to five, and McRae and the Grampion police are scrambling to find the missing children and a serial killer. To make matters worse, the national press is focused on Aberdeen, and someone within the force is feeding a local reporter confidential information, with McRae high on the list of suspects. MacBride introduces a very likable and human protagonist whose past adventures are only hinted at in this book, leading us to hope that another McRae novel is in the works. A suspenseful and compelling mystery, this is strongly recommended. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 3/1/05.]-Lisa O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
'Cold Granite is a powerful reminder that the best contemporary crime fiction is coming out of Scotland. Ferocious and funny, this is Tartan Noir at its best.' VAL MCDERMID 'A riveting and gruesome debut' TELEGRAPH 'The latest recruit to the splendid tartan army of crime writers is Stuart MacBride, and he appears with all guns blazing ! this intelligent, exciting police procedural should make the leading writers of the genre start looking over their shoulders.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Stuart MacBride goes straight for the jugular with a tight, thrilling novel' GLASGOW HERALD 'MacBride is a confident writer ! does a good line in black humour and has a nose for the macabre. A promising debut' SCOTSMAN 'An impressive debut ! an edge-of-your-seat page-turner' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'A cracking new writer on the crime scene who hooks you from the first page and never lets you go. The action is ferocious and the pace unrelenting, and yet MacBride manages injections of black humour' NORTHERN ECHO
Relentless rain reflects the tormented mood that permeates MacBride's impressive debut set in Aberdeen, Scotland. Det. Sgt. Logan MacRae, back from a lengthy convalescence caused by a crazed suspect's knife attack, is plunged straightaway into the investigation of a brutally murdered child. To make matters worse, the victim's family learns of the death from a reporter before the police have a chance to inform them. Angered and embarrassed by the press leak, Logan, aided by WPC Jackie Watson, vows to expose the source within the precinct. Enter Colin Miller, flashy journalist, who befriends Logan, causing suspicious stares from Logan's superiors. More children go missing, and soon the populace of Aberdeen is screaming for blood. Further inciting the rabble, a notorious defense attorney earns acquittal for a habitual child molester. As a result, a hapless, ruined scholar-turned-street sweeper becomes a scapegoat for the chilling fear that grips the community. Logan must eliminate the distractions caused by the sensational publicity and summon his barely restored strength to anticipate the killer's next move. MacBride allows his characters their humanity, while weaving intriguing subplots in this edge-of-your-seat page-turner. Agent, Philip Patterson. (July 18) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.