It's summertime in the Granite city: the sun is shining, the sky is blue and people are dying...
It starts with Rosie Williams, a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks - the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS Logan McRae it's a bad start to another bad day. But Rosie Williams isn't the only one making an unscheduled trip to the morgue. Across the city, six people are burning to death in a petrol-soaked squat, the doors and windows screwed shut from the outside. And despite Logan's best efforts, it's not long before another prostitute turns up on the slab...
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“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.”
“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.... Cold Granite is never as dark and dangerous as the work of Mina and Rankin.... The police procedural gains a warmth and camaraderie that tougher and more cynical novels lack.”
---Rocky Mountain News
“Logan---a troubled man but blessedly not a suicidal booze hound like other Scots coppers of recent and current memory---does his job with skill and humanity.”
“Newcomer Stuart MacBride joins an illustrious roster of Scottish crime writers.... By tangling together a half-dozen competing plotlines, MacBride keeps readers off-balance, even those who think they can see the tripwires.”
“MacBride introduces a very likable and human protagonist.... A suspenseful and compelling mystery, this is strongly recommended.”
---Library Journal (starred review)
“MacBride’s impressive first outing has plenty of atmosphere, subversive humor, and a sinuous plot reminiscent of fellow countryman Ian Rankin.”
---Booklist (starred review)
“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, author of The Torment of Others
“Atmospheric, dazzling, and completely compelling, Cold Granite marks the debut of an amazing new voice in crime fiction. Scotland’s Stuart MacBride is one of the best writers to come out of the U.K. in a long time.”
---Deborah Crombie, author of In a Dark House
“MacRae is an interesting and subtle detective, and his investigation is both inventive and imaginative.”
---Dallas Morning News Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae has been bumped to D.I. Roberta Steel’s “Screw-up Squad” after a raid he led on a warehouse rumored to be full of stolen property ended with no arrests and one officer critically injured. The backstabbing, limelight-stealing, laziest D.I. on Aberdeen’s police force, Steel’s team is made up of the “no-hopers,” the most worthless or inexperienced members of the homicide department, and Logan will do anything to prove he doesn’t belong there. Including working overtime on two baffling cases: the murder by arson of six people, and the beating to death of a prostitute down by the docks, not a high priority compared to the fire. At least not until another prostitute ends up dead.
Although both cases seem simple on the surface---turns out the fire’s victims are part of a drug dealer’s inner circle, and what fate is to be expected for working girls in Aberdeen’s red-light district? --- in Stuart MacBride’s hands, what’s going on in this rainy Scottish city is bound to be much more complicated than it appears. A detailed authenticity combines with a dark Scottish sense of humor and a lively cast of characters in MacBride’s unputdownable second novel, confirming his status as a rising star of crime fiction.
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Book Description Harper Collins, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0007217056