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Dying Light (Logan McRae #2)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  3,052 ratings  ·  175 reviews
The second in the bestselling Logan McRae series, set in gritty Aberdeen, laced with dark humour.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 ...more
ebook, 528 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2006)
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I am a fan of Stuart MacBride, and usually scarf up his books with delight, but with this one it has to be said that the constant trouble with his superiors is taking too much time away from the plot. It is as if in his search for realism, MacBride has decided that if a third of the book isn't devoted to the other police who have it out for him, then there isn't any point to writing the book.

This book was good in so far as plot, bad guys, scare, etc., but by the time some of the best parts were
This is the second Logan McRae novel, following on from Cold Granite. Aberdeen is slightly warmer in this book, but that is more of less the only concession to being light hearted in a gritty and compelling thriller. Not that there is no humour– the author has the ability to bring an ironic touch to the darkest scenes – but this is not a crime novel for the faint hearted. However, sometimes you want a crime novel which is realistic and violent, and this ticks every box; brilliantly plotted and f ...more
This is a needlessly big book and it's filled with visual imagery that so realistically conveys the grimness of life and its grossest aspects that you just want to go kill yourself or hide under a rock.

The day I got to the point in the novel where the graphic intensity reached levels that both bored me and turned me off, I received a pep talk from Jonathan Lethem in my NaNoWriMo mailbox (National Novel Writing Month), to wit:

"The comings and goings, loosening and tightening of faucets, shittings

At one time the Golden Boy of the Aberdeen, Scotland, police department, Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae is suffering from the ignominy of being assigned to the so-called "Screw-up Squad" led by bristly and unpredictable Detective Inspector Roberta Steel. MacRae was the leader of a misguided raid that left a fellow police officer seriously injured. The golden days are quickly forgotten when things go wrong

Aberdeen is awash in crime. Someone is beating prostitutes to death. A particula
DYING LIGHT is the follow-up book to the much talked about and acclaimed COLD GRANITE and it maintains the high standard that the first book in the series reached.

It is summer in Aberdeen, the sun is shining and it is not raining anywhere near as much as it does in winter. With his love life sort of looking up and his working life running pretty well par for the course, the major downsides to the entire season seem to be that somebody is killing prostitutes and DS Logan McRae has been moved to D
Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae finds himself moved into D.I. Steel's "Screw Up Squad" after the raid he lead into a warehouse rumored to be full of stolen property ends up with no arrests, no stolen property and one officer critically injured. D.I. Steel's team is made up of the most inexperienced and/or worthless members of the homicide department.

Logan is desperate to show that he doesn't belong on this team and he will do anything to make sure he isn't there very long including working long
Sally Rivers
My follow on read to Cold Granite and perhaps a little slow moving in comparison.

This one finds Logan working two cases, which as much as serving the plot also allows the author to flesh out his character by revealing how he deals with two contradictory bosses. DI Insch is still munching his sweets and as we expect him to be from Cold Granite, but McRae also has to deal with DI Steel, a different kettle of fish altogether. Steel doesn't do anything by the book. She just wants to solve her murder
Two books in and the similarities to Ian Rankin are getting stronger: while Rebus has "Big Ger" to contend with, it appears that McRae will have "Malckie the Knife" (an Edinburgh crime boss looking to expand into Aberdeen) as his nemesis. I'm pretty sure that McRae won't be invited to Malckie's home any time soon. There's also a vague Dalziel-esque character in DI Insch, he of the ever-present small candies. Not that that's bad, just sayin'

We're exploring the really seedy side of Aberdeen this t
#2 DS Logan MacRae Scottish police procedural set in Aberdeen. Logan, still trying to recover from the shame he feels associated with events at the end of the last book, doesn’t get fired like he anticipates—instead, he’s charged to work with DI Steel’s team. He’s not sure which is the worse fate; Steel, a chain-smoking, shrewd, crude and lewd woman whose squad is known as the Screw-Up Squad, sees Logan (a former hero) as her way to promotion and glory. He ends up doing much of her dirty work, d ...more
MacBride is a better storyteller than writer, but that's not necessarily a problem - the book romps along at a pace which allows one to forgive the odd anvilly or device-y moment. Too tightly plotted to be genuinely picaresque, but one gets the feeling Logan McRae will always be pushing shit uphill and reacting rather than acting; he and his colleagues seem to veer between smart-but-unlucky and mystifyingly dim (in the service of plot). Which is no bad thing - it lends the police portrayed - eve ...more
Simon Taylor
DS Logan McRae returns for his sophomore outing. Now his caseload includes a serial killer targeting Aberdeen’s prostitutes and a particularly sadistic arsonist.
McRae still proves to be a well formed lead character. You feel for him on the days every little thing goes wrong, and want to fist pump the air when it goes right. He’s got a very human, relatable element that sees him screw up, be a jerk and cause himself problems but you’re always on his side.

The biggest change from Cold Granite is Mc
David Gooch
Well another cracking read from MacBride.
This is the second instalment of DS Logan McRae and in this outing someone is setting fire to buildings and killing people while prostitutes are also getting killed. McRae is expecting the boot as an officer was shot on a raid he was in charge of and while he waits for that he has to deal with the above. As if that wasn't enough he is switched onto the "Screw-Up Squad" and like a 50 foot well with greasy walls, it isn't easy to get out of.
We get to follow
The second Logan McRae novel and another re-read for me. Again I was surprised at how much detail I remembered of the book, having not read it since it first came out. Di Steel is a major character in this one, but I didn't warm to her as much as I did on first reading. Perhaps a second reading gives you more time to look in detail at the characters, whereas a first reading keeps you turning the pages in pursuit of what happened and why.

While the gruesome details of the first book's crimes didn'
Actually, I debated between 3 and 4 stars. In the first part of the book, Stuart MacBride gives a lot of importance to Logan McRae's hopelessly stupid superior, DCI Steel. Too much importance in my taste.
The second part of the book is just great.
Gordon Johnston
Set in Aberdeen, this is the second novel DS Logan McRae. He appears to be the only officer in the city with a brain, and spends most of his time trying to solve cries despite the efforts of his more senior colleagues to derail him.

In places gruesome, the cast of characters is large and several different crimes are woven together. The dialogue is great and the touches of humour throughout help to balance the darkness.

The ending feels a little pat - everything just falls into place too nicely. Bu
Julian King
This is the second of what looked like being an excellent series: I loved Cold Granite. Dying Light, however, though it still represents a superior example of the genre, fails to live up to the standard set by its predecessor. This is for various reasons, but especially two: the humour which characterised the first book is either absent, or perhaps just less refreshing; and the narrative is simply too long. The plot concerns at least three separate investigations (naturally coming together by th ...more
Jan C
I kind of got hooked on this series with the first one, Cold Granite.

It seemed like he was covering a lot of cases - of course, that is probably how it really is. No one has just one case. (I know I don't have just one casefile in my inventory - but at least I'm not a cop.)

But apparently Logan a/k/a Laz messed up and got one of his men killed. Thus, he got sent to the "screw-up" squad.

I felt like it kind of lagged somewhere in the middle (view spoiler)
I have a special place in my reading heart for Scottish crime writers - Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, and Denise Mina are some of my favourite writers. I was looking forward to reading a Stuart MacBride book. He had been recommended to me by a fellow mystery lover. His writing has been described as grim, dark crime fiction. The book is set in Aberdeen which has fond memories for me. Perhaps this was too much pressure because I only enjoyed the book in brief flashes.

The central character in the story
Heather Dalgarno
I have just finished Dying Light by Stuart Macbride and found it really hard to put down!

The story centers around Detective Sergent "Lazarus" McRae as he tries to solve a series of grisly prostitute murders in the heart of Aberdeen, while at the same time battling his own demons - one of which is the highly entertaining Detective Inpector Steel, leader of the F*uck up squad that McRae has been assigned to after his recent operations went badly wrong.

Despite what others have said in their reviews
Kathleen Hagen
Dying Light, by Stuart MacBride, B-plus, narrated by John Sessions, produced by Harper Audio, abridged, downloaded from

This is the second Logan MacRae book involving the Aberdeen, Scotland police. A few months ago, a raid he was in charge of went wrong, and a beloved detective inspector was shot and now is lying in a coma. MacRae is sent to what is known as the “Screw-up squad” led by a very unconventional Detective-Inspector, DI Steel. Instead of the watchword we all remember from
This book went straight onto my to-read list once I was finished with the first in the series. I was hoping it would have the same drunken shenanigans and quirks that distinguished the first book from most of the crime fiction out there. But for the first 100 pages, it was absolutely pedestrian and added with the yawn inducing relationship issues, I put it aside for several months. I decided to give it another shot last night, and it did get a bit better as it went. There was more of the minor c ...more
Doug Dams
This book has a little of everything in it, serial killer, arsonist, missing persons, dismembered bodies and of course DS Logan McRae trying to work his way back after an operation he managed ends with a dead police officer. I liked this book more than the first one. The characters seem better developed, but other characters were just on the sidelines in many of the interlocking and separate cases that pop up in this book. It made trying to figure out the case a little hard, because some of the ...more
Peter William Warn
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Colin Skinner
First let me say that I liked this story with all it’s twist and turns, the gory details and the inhuman behaviour of some of the characters and that’s only the Police officers! DI Steel is the most ignorant and abusive senior officer and if her attitude and behaviour towards lower ranking officers occurred in real life policing she would either be, 1) Reported to much higher ranking supervisors and disciplined or, 2) Someone would take her down a dark alley and kick the shit out of her. I appre ...more
Another excellent episode in the adventures of DS Logan McRae. I stayed up & read the whole thing today, definitely a page-turner. The baddies are really bad & Logan always gets them in the end, but he certainly gets himself in deep excrement along the way. I can't wait to get my hands on Broken Skin to see if he can dig himself out of the mess he's in with DI Steel.

It's summertime in the Granite city: the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and people are dying! It starts with a pros
One of the police officers under Det. Sgt. Logan MacRae of Aberdeen, Scotland, is critically shot in a botched raid. MacRae is assigned to the "Screw-Up Squad." This is where the police put people who have messed up and have little future on the job.

He's assigned to Det. Inspector Steel, a wise cracking, cigarette smoking, glory stealing woman who must have some information about the chief inspector because she gets away with anything she wants. In working with Steel, their top priority is to so
Simone Sinna
I read this and Broken Skin straight after each other, hence the blurring a little in my mind, because it is the same team of cops (give or take) and we are still in a somewhat grim Aberdeen (I have a picture of some grim looking Scottish ancestors on my wall and I can see why they left...).
These books are gritty police drama. There’s a good sense of place, and solid characters though I’m not sure there is any gay woman quite as tough as DI Steele but I don’t have that much experience with gay w
The second book in MacBride’s Logan McRae series opens up about a year after the events in the first novel, Cold Granite. Again, this police procedural involves more than one crime, but the major case at the heart of the novel involves a serial murderer beating the prostitutes of Aberdeen to death. Meanwhile, an arsonist has taken to closing all the exits to the buildings burned and a suitcase with remains in it turns up in the woods. And on top of all of that, more tendrils of Edinburgh’s crime ...more
DYING LIGHT (Police Proc-Scotland-Cont) – G/G+
MacBride, Stuart – 2nd in series
HarperCollins, 2006- Hardcover
*** Detective Sargeant Logan McRae had been a golden boy, hero. Now, he is assigned to the “screw-up squad” reporting to Inspector Steele, known as “the Jinx,” after a raid leaves a fellow officer in a vegetative coma. The team is looking for a killer; someone who is stripping and beating prostitutes to death. They are also looking for an arsonist who screws shut the doors and windows from
David Peters
Why I read It
Scottish Police Procedural – what’s not to love?? I originally became aware of MacBride through his blog which was linked on Sarah Weinman’s site. If you have any interest at all in Mystery books you must visit Sarah’s site to get all the latest news. Most of my favorite authors I have found through her. Anyway I was reading his blog regularly when he announced his first novel, Cold Granite, was being published. I read that when it came out but then over the next year forgot about h
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