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Bloodshot (Logan McRae #3)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  3,297 ratings  ·  177 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
Trade Paperback, 439 pages
Published October 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007)
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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
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
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
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...
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
More cold, more rain, more rapists, but lots of BDSM this time! And inspectors are trying to give up smoking and binge-eating sweets.
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.
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
John Marsh
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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
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
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
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
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
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...


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
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.
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
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?
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
David Gooch
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.
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
Pat Urban
MacBride writes a good mystery/police procedural, but there is too much pedophilia weaving in and out at times. This one is about rape and mutilation, and can be grim. I am a bit tired of DI Insch's candy and DI Steel's smoking and cussing--there must be other ways to bring characters to life. McRae is an interesting character. On the whole, the series is coming off as a lighter, but still dark, version of Rankin--praise in my book, since mature Rankin is excellent in ways beyond its place as cr ...more
David Peters
Why I read It
I have been reading Stuart MacBride’s blog since before he published his first book thanks to the link on the great Sarah Weinman’s site. Speaking of which, I really need to list the book websites I frequent in the sidebar. If you are interested in mysteries at all, Sarah’s site, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, is the greatest blog ever. I can trace about 50% of all I read back to reviews I have seen on her blog.

Anyways I read Stuart’s first book, Cold Granite, when it came ou
Ian Mapp
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Heather Dalgarno
The third in the DS McRae Aberdeen based crime thrillers "Broken Skin" centers around sex crimes as McRae struggles to solve a case of brutal serial rapes, an anonymous body of a man that died during an extreme sex act, and the case of an 8 year old murderer with a disturbing secret.

So as you can guess, this story is not for the faint hearted (or weak of stomach), but then that's was MacBride does best....

Logan McRae is a wonderful character, and MacBride's witty, gritty, writing style provides
Sharon  Chrust
I think I enjoyed this a tad bit less than the two earlier in this series but it still is a definite four plus star. It took me a while to read it because I was busy and that may have contributed to enjoying it less.

That said, I love the way the police in this series are portrayed. The main protagonist, Logan McRae, is a reasonably bright, well-meaning cop without superpowers, which is refreshing. He has changed over the course of the series in logical and human ways without anything that seems
Kathleen Hagen
Broken Skin, by Stuart MacBride, A-minus, narrated by John Sessions, produced by Harper Collins Audio, and downloaded from

Here’s the third book in the Logan MacRae series which continues on where the second book ended. Again I read this as an abridged version so I may have missed some things.

The third book in the Logan MacRae series. There's a rapist prowling the Aberdeen Scotland streets, leaving a string of
tortured women behind. But while DS Logan McRae's girlfriend is out acting
Doug Dams
This book starts with the capture of a rapist, that is let go after a slick lawyer refutes the evidence successfully. This case plus a battered body dropped at the emergency room door, an 8 year old knifing a man and a series of break-ins all cross the desk of Detective Sergeant (DS) Logan McRae. While trying to solve these crimes he is also told to report to two different Inspectors. So, the cases, the chain of command and his own personal life are all in turmoil throughout this story. Each of ...more
Shonna Froebel
This story, set in Aberdeen, is a definite thriller. A rapist is on the prowl, leaving behind women tortured and disfigured. PC Jackie Watson acts as bait and they catch on the star football player for Aberdeen Football Club. However, he claims he was not attacking her, and has alibis for all the other attacks. Neither she, nor her superior believe him, but are forced to pull back as they are seen as harassing him. DS Logan McRae is following up on a case of a blood-drenched man dumped outside t ...more
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The life and times of a bearded write-ist.

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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Logan McRae (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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