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Bloodshot (Logan McRae #3)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,748 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
Detective Sergeant Logan McRae’s only chance ofgetting out from under Detective Inspectors Steel andInsch is to get noticed. Not that any of his cases are the type that he wants to get noticed for.

For starters, someone dumped a dying man at the hospital, and the team can’t ID him or the person who dumped him. Even worse, McRae is also after a knife-wielding eight-year-old
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Trade Paperback, 439 pages
Published October 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007)
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Rachel the Book Harlot
3.75 stars

Broken Skin contains everything I’ve come to expect from the Logan McRae series: entertaining and likeable characters, dark humor, and entertaining crime solving. This installment didn’t feel as seemingly lighthearted, if you can call it that, in the dark humor department as the previous books, but it still had its moments.

“Laz!’ she said, grinning as soon as she clapped eyes on Logan, ‘This no’ a bit fresh for one of your corpses? Thought you liked them a bit more ripe?’

Logan didn’t
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Neil
Jan 22, 2015 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first 2 books in the Logan MacRae series I was quite eager to get to grips with book number 3. I amvery pleased to report that it hasn't disappointed me in the slightest. The characters are still developing nicely, and have all got their own traits which make them more natural.
As I have come to expect the various plot lines are all well thought out. By the time you are about 60 pages in to the book someone has been arrested for attacking women, a body has turned up at the city
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Karen
Feb 29, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, united-kingdom
There's something immensely satisfying about reading a book that tackles some very tricky subject matter head-on, with enough of the gory details to illustrate rather than titivate and just the right level of gallows humour. BROKEN SKIN is the third book featuring DS Logan McRae and it's as good as the first two.

It's February and it's raining again. McRae is on DI Steel's team and they are most definitely not at home to her favourite term for a complete disaster, particularly as DI Insch is well
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Paul Wardman
More of the same.

The third in the Logan Mcrae series and there's not much that differs from the first two. Logan is worked like a dog by his two overbearing superiors, he has more than one case to solve, his personal life is effected by everything going on.

It's not that the book was bad it's just that it didn't blow me away. Steel and Insch were lazy shouty people who dumped the work on Logan, the cases all became a bit blurred as they each got their moment in the spotlight and Logan's home li
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Jackie (his Girlfriend) and Logan are at odds with each other about the identity of a local rapist. The person initially arrested is a local sporting hero, so of course the police have to act carefully.
When it turns out he has an alibi for all the crimes they are forced to let him go, but Jackie, who was attacked by him- when she was undercover-continues to KNOW he is their man.

Along side this there is an horrific murder of a man (who is thought to be in the BDSM scene) is dumped outside A &
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L.E. Fitzpatrick
After reading Stuart MacBride's sci-fi/crime Halfhead I was keen to read more of his work. This is the first book I managed to dig out and although it is not the first in the series I decided to give it a go. My review is based solely on this book as a solitary story.

The book starts with a serial rapist and a possible accidental death/murder of a bondage porn star, both seemingly unconnected. MacBride deals with these crimes in a similar stoic fashion, avoiding shock tactics for a more realistic
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Sarah
Jul 03, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard, dark, gritty, sometimes gruesome, but with plenty of tongue in cheek humour: this is another well-written and fast-paced story by Stuart MacBride, but not for the faint-hearted. I will continue to read the other novels in the Logan RcRae series but, for now, I think I need to change for something a bit lighter... I didn't even know what BDSM meant before I read this!! Thank you, Mr MacBride, for enlightening me, but I really would't want to visit Aberdeen! OK, I know, it's just fiction...
CuteBadger
Apr 13, 2014 CuteBadger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third of MacBride's Aberdeen-based crime novels and a re-read for me. All the usual characters are here, but DI Insch is more to the fore in this one - some of the scenes of his amateur dramatics productions are very funny, as is a conversation he has with another kind of director altogether.

Logan has trouble with the women in his life in this book (and a small inconsistency about how he feels about one of them grated a little - though I didn't notice it on my first reading). A nice little t
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Katerina
More cold, more rain, more rapists, but lots of BDSM this time! And inspectors are trying to give up smoking and binge-eating sweets.
Andrew
Aug 24, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am increasingly enjoying this series and as the third I felt it was the best so far as the other two whilst enjoyable still had too much going on at the end. I still can't make my mind up about DS Macrae's two inspectors as his superiors, whilst engaging and funny as characters they are a little bit too funny and I feel the smoking/sweet eating is overdone and a bit clichéd now. still I will read on.
Simon Taylor
Jan 30, 2016 Simon Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Detective Logan McRae is back with another handful of cases - this time with no gory decomposing bodies! This time he's juggling a runaway eight-year-old murderer, a victim of murder or BDSM misadventure, and increasingly violent rapes that may be the handiwork of the local star footballer.

Detective Inspectors Insch and Steel get pretty much equal page time, and it's dynamite as they play off McRae's reluctant loyalties to each of them. If Cold Granite had Steel as a supporting character, and Dy
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John Marsh
May 25, 2015 John Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eric
Feb 28, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Broken Skin continues with the Logan McRae character and other characters previously introduced by MacBride, and as stated before, MacBride's books just keep getting better.

One thing I like about MacBride's books is how things happen in between books to his characters, so each tale does not begin as soon as the last one has ended.

MacBride certainly writes about dark subjects, too. And as with life, he does not always answer everything about a character and leaves parts of the story unknown. Po
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Sandie
Nov 03, 2014 Sandie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the third DS Logan McRae crime novel, things are about the same in Aberdeen as criminals never seem to take a break. Someone has dumped a body outside Emergency and the investigation takes the police force inside the seedy world of BSMD. Logan's trying to find an eight year old killer and finding him elusive. Then there is a serial rapist who is escalating and getting more and more violent with each new victim. There's evidence that the rapist might be Aberdeen's star football (soccer) player ...more
WordsBeyondBorders
In Stuart Macbride's 'Broken Skin', DS Logan McRae gets thrashed by a young kid on one occasion. While the image of a grown up eating humble pie at the hands of a kid is funny, it is tempered by the fact that the kid in question has seriously injured another person while attempting a theft. What causes a kid who was well behaved a few months ago, to go on this violent streak? Throughout the DS Logan series , Macrbide keeps doing this macabre dance between being ferociously funny and brutally vio ...more
Marguerite Kaye
Jan 24, 2016 Marguerite Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this third book in the Logan Macrae series, in fact probably the best so far. I love the way that Aberdeen itself plays such a big role in these books, it's a character in itself, not just a backdrop for the mood, but essential to all of the stories. In this one even more essential, adding its football club into the mix.

Stuart MacBride does everything a good crime writer should, as far as I'm concerned. A great lead surrounding by lots of really well-drawn and flawed secondary
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Lacer
Apr 30, 2015 Lacer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been trying to think why am I so into Stuart MacBride books at the moment, thanks to my current addiction I haven't read so many crime novels back to back since I was seriously into them when I was in my 20s. I think what I like about Stuart MacBride books is that although at times they are gruesome, they concentrate far more on the police team investigating the crimes than the crimes themselves. What put me off my crime book fandom when I was in my 20s, was the fact that (1) a lot of crime ...more
Rob Wilkinson
Dec 31, 2014 Rob Wilkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first novel by Stuart McBride and an enjoyable read. The author brings to life day to day police business and injects a black or, at least, Aberdeen-grey humour. There's some development of character, mainly of Logan McRae, who seems closer to Jackson Brodie, than Kurt Wallander - less existentialist angst, more action hero. Entertainment comes from the dialogue between police colleagues and with their witnesses and suspects. McBride provides enough dialect and lingo to make it Aberde ...more
Saoirse T. E. Sterling
MacBride's Logan McRae series started out decent with the first book but the next two were deeply disappointing. Boring, obvious run-of-the-mill crime novels that are only good for escapism. McRae isn't special: he's not overly smart nor does he have any kind of thought-process, things just happen around him. There's nothing special about these books, no science or in-depth police work. Just death and sex.
Matthew
Aug 15, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the chill grey of an Aberdeen February...

...violence is just around the corner...




Whenever my friends see me with a thriller like Broken Skin, it's always the same question: How can you read about brutal violence and murder, are you crazy?

Crazy, maybe. I think it surprises them mainly because I'm a big wimp.

In fact, I think I have the perfect picture that describes me...

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It's a question that requires a long answer, but authors like Mr MacBride, and novels such as Broken Skin, go a long way to d
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Monica
Oct 28, 2012 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stuart MacBride writes a great police procedural. Lots of detail, always more than one case going on at the same time, lots of little details about the men and women who fight crime in Aberdeen. In this book McRae is after a serial rapist as well as a young punk gone wrong. Another satisfying book that kept me turning the pages.
Susan
Broken Skin by Stuart MacBride is the third book of the Logan McRae police procedural mystery series set in contemporary Aberdeen, Scotland. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae works for two very demanding Detective Inspectors (Inch and Steel) who are professional rivals and tyrannical slave drivers. Harsh winter weather adds to the grimness of the life he leads. McRae's live-in girlfriend also works on the force, so she understands the erratic schedules they keep. She acts as "bait" to trap a serial ...more
Claude
I'm only giving this 3 stars, three and a half really. I find this series excellent, only think that it takes too long to actually start. I do get tired reading about Logan's superiors and their idiosyncracies and inabilities.
Other than that, it was a good read, after I got 60% into the book
Gavin Smith
May 12, 2015 Gavin Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime, scotland
Oof! Things are not looking up for the Logan McRae series. This is the third and last book in my set and I don't think I'll be getting any more. At this point the writing is almost unbelievably formulaic. Maybe Stuart MacBride is a pseudonym for some kind of iPhone app?
Kerry
Jan 24, 2016 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh where to even start with this book. The 3rd book in the Logan McRae series and like the other two it didn't disappoint. This one to me seemed more dark, women being raped nearly nightly and the prime suspect can't be charged as he has rock right alibis. I shouted so much as from the start I was also convinced it was him and they needed to prove it. The 2nd case that no one could figure out was the death of Jason Fettes who died after a bondage experiment gone wrong. The author does his best t ...more
Ankur
May 03, 2014 Ankur rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book should be re titled as "Logan McRae Police Journal" to be more fair to the reader.

The book is a mixture of 3-4 different cases although the book is promoted around a rapist and the investigations go one simultaneously leaving one confused about which character is related to which case.

Logan McRae is your average police cop who is overloaded with work and doesn't not have any special qualities qualifying him as the lead.

Long hours, coincidences help him find the clues and put two and tw
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David Gooch
Aug 20, 2014 David Gooch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enter one Aberdeen Footballer who gets nicked for attempting to attack a PC in a set up to catch a rapist. They believe they have got their man but have they? He gets off and now a feature running through the book is can they prove it was him. Add into the mix a youngster who stabs an old man to death and injures a PC in an escape and who they can't catch, a sprinkling of a man involved in fetish sex gone wrong dumped outside a hospital but dies and you have a few threads running through the boo ...more
Alfred Nobile
Did not finish. Did not hold my interest and sent to abandoned book graveyard.
Rog Harrison
Jan 06, 2016 Rog Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been trying to get hold of the earlier books in this series and was very pleased to finally manage to read this one. There is a lot of black humour in this series but this is a tense story which I read right through in a day. There is a sadistic rapist, a bondage killing and police who are not always as dedicated as they should be. Having read this I now understand better some of the things which happen in the later books so I would advise anyone considering this series to read the books ...more
Eadie
Jun 16, 2015 Eadie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd installment of the Logan MacRae series. I liked book 1 and 2 the best and this one is my least favorite. The saving factor of this series is its characters as they are well developed and rather humorous at times. The subject matter of this book is sexual deviation and the book gets a little raunchy in areas. The blundering police force is a bit unbelievable but does manage to solve the crime in the end. Other then that, I do enjoy the series and hope that the next installment get ...more
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Stuart MacBride (that's me) was born in Dumbarton -- which is Glasgow as far as I'm concerned -- moving up to Aberdeen at the tender age of two, when fashions were questionable. Nothing much happened for years and years and years: learned to play the recorder, then forgot how when they changed from little coloured dots to proper music
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