Another gritty Tartan noir novel by Stuart MacBride. This is the seventh book in his excellent Logan McRae series and I think it was his most noir book so far. Alison McGregor and her young daughter Jenny were UK telly's hits in "Britain's Next Big Star" until they were abducted. The ransom note said that the public must raise money for their safe return. Logan McRae is involved from the beginning, working against time to save the plucky Mum and daughter. The media gets involved and turns the abduction and ransom into a huge story, leading to the secondment of a senior crimes officer to "help" the Granthiam Police Department with their investigation. As is usual with MacBride's books, poor Logan and others near him get thumped by various miscreants as they try to do their job, and then the senior officers take turns giving poor Logan a hard time. Many twists and turns, much blood and gore and some very unexpected situations are in store for Logan in this gritty outing. Another outstanding book by MacBride. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Alison McGregor and her six-year-old daughter, Jenny, Aberdeen's huge favorites to win the competition on the hit tv show Britain's Next Big Star, have made it to the semi-finals. Suddenly they are kidnapped, and the ransom note soon received says they will be killed if an indeterminate ransom is not paid within fourteen days. Contributions are made across the country from their millions of fans. The police are stymied - - there are no witnesses, and no trace of forensic evidence can be found on either the ransom notes or the gruesome videos which the police are examining, and there are absolutely no clues as to who is behind the crime. Needless to say, the media, and the public, are in an uproar, and the detectives are being hounded by both, as well as by the head of the CID and other investigative agencies.
There is a second story line dealing with a routine drug bust which goes seriously awry, with the drug dealer managing to escape despite handcuffs and the presence of numerous police officers designed to prevent just that from happening. The ramifications of this are far-reaching and brutal, and very personal for DS Logan MacRae.
This latest entry in this wonderful series moves at a slower pace than I remembered the earlier books being, perhaps reflective of the actual way in which serious crime investigations happen in real life. But trust me, by the time the reader approaches the wrap-up of this well-written tale of celebrity culture run amok, the reader will be turning the pages swiftly to reach the suspense-filled ending as time is running out and the deadline approaches.
Logan MacRae, his significant other, Samantha, and the cops on the Grampian Police force who readers have met in the earlier books are wonderfully well drawn. MacRae is a very human and believable protagonist, and I can't wait for his return in the next series entry. Highly recommended.
Dark, disturbing and laugh out loud funny. Stuart MacBride at his best. A very topical story based around our obsession with celebrity and Idol type shows. The book is peppered throughout with MacBride's dry wit and although DI Steele doesn't play a major part there's enough to keep fans happy. The story keeps you interested to the last page and has a believable conclusion. Definitely recommended for fans of McDermid, Rankin and Peter Robinson.