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Dark Blood (Logan McRae #6)

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Detective Sergeant Logan McRae isn't happy to be part of the team helping convicted rapist Martin Knox settle into his new home. He's even less thrilled to be stuck with DSI Danby from Northumbria Police - the man who put Knox behind bars - who is here to 'keep an eye on things'. Only things are about to go very, very wrong.
Hardcover, 469 pages
Published August 27th 2010 by Not Avail (first published April 29th 2010)
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Rachel the Book Harlot
Mar 13, 2016 Rachel the Book Harlot rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the series.
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Jan 30, 2015 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was book 6 in the Logan McRae series, and despite it having a slower begining to usual there were soon crimes a-plenty. Initially it seems as though they are totally unrelated, but they are skillfully dealt with throughout the book. The reader is treated to further developments in Logan's character, as frustrations and past events take their toll.
Often finding himself at the beck and call of various Detective Inspectors, it is hardly surprising that Logan often finds himself in the Policing
Mar 10, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, united-kingdom
The problem with an author making it onto my "Pre-Order IMMEDIATELY list" is that once the book arrives I have that dreaded "do I read immediately or hoard" dilemma. It's easier with some of my all time favourite authors - there's a few, well not to put too fine a point on it, aren't as young as they used to be. Stuart MacBride, on the other hand, is a young man. Last time I set eyes on him he looked to be in remarkably good health. But still, you never know. Publishers are queer folk and they m ...more
Jun 28, 2012 Audrey rated it liked it
Shelves: noir, scotland, brit-grit
Really wanted to like this one more than I did, but even so, a mediocre Logan MacRae is still a Logan MacRae.

The good: DI Steel, DI Steel, DI Steel, especially when she's being obscene about Helen Mirren and a Curly Wurly. The interactions with Beattie, or as MacRae thinks of him "sixteen stone of useless with a beard." The interesting, Gollumlike villain. The Wee Hamish Mowat storyline. Aberdeen in winter equaling placeporn for miiiiiiiiiles.

The not-so-good:

--Go away, Samantha, or grow a per
Cathy Cole
Jan 19, 2012 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it
First Line: Run.

Richard Knox was a violent rapist of elderly men. He was caught, put on trial, and convicted of his crimes. While in prison, he found God, and now that he's been released all he wants is to make a new start in a place where no one knows his past. Unfortunately for Detective Sergeant Logan McRae, Knox's new home is in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Add Knox to a stew that contains gangsters from Edinburgh, a local crime lord, an inspector from Newcastle who wants to keep an eye on Knox, and f
This sixth installment of the Logan McRae series feels bit more like a return to the earlier novels in the series in many ways. Aberdeen and its residents are suffering through another miserable winter, and some old names crop up as Edinburgh’s Malk the Knife once more encroaches on the criminal world of Aberdeen. It’s a complex plot involving rivaling criminal gangs while the Aberdeen police force spend a rather exorbitant amount of money protecting a man newly released from prison after impris ...more
Not a bad volume in the Logan McRae series, but definitely not one of the better ones. This one slogged along for most of the book, but really picked up with the last quarter of the story.

Stuart MacBride is a master at tying up his books neatly and cleanly, and this one was no exception. The problem with this one was getting there: there was simply too much going on, almost like he was trying to make it as complicated as possible before the finale. Still, the character development and the back
I can't understand why Logan doesn't just tell them all to bugger-off. His superiors treat him so poorly (even when they need him) that every day must be a grind. He would be better off leaving and becoming a Private Eye, as he obviously has the smarts, he just stuffs up occasionally.

Logan is tasked with looking after a recently released sex-offender in a safe house with another couple of cops and some volunteers. Richard- the offender is at first thought to be a pretty ordinary sex-offender- he
I have trouble finding anything wrong with MacBride's novels as he's made me fall completely in love with Logan MacRae. Bastard! I don't really read this series any more for the crime story, more for the interaction between the characters. Lovable, hilarious, annoying, they run the full gamut of emotions and idiosyncrasies. This edition also includes the short story 'Creep', a fun little crime tale with a twist.
Apr 25, 2013 Ritchie rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, scottish, fiction
Serial rapist Richard Knox has been released from prison in Newcastle and decides to relocate to Aberdeen where his grandparents lived. DS Logan McRae isn't thrilled to be part of the team helping him settle into life in Aberdeen.

Also on the caseload are a flood of counterfeit currency in Aberdeen, the murder of a confidential informant, and a couple of jewelry store robberies, among other side issues.

So just the usual stuff for McRae to sort out.

Fast paced and full of the usual dark humour Stua
I usually love Stuart McBride's Logan McRae books as I love crime novels and was brought up in the Aberdeen area (though haven't lived there for more than 20 years). However I struggled with this one and didn't feel it reached the quality of the earlier books.

It felt very "bitty" and disjointed to me, as if there were too many plots going on at once. I did enjoy the development of Logan's character in his book, when he's forced to think about his life and whether he's able to make changes.

Aug 21, 2013 Sunnie rated it it was ok
A so so police procedural - sort of

this is the sixth of the Logan McRea series and I couldn't help but feel that perhaps the author is running out of steam.
Nothing too wrong with the plot but, there are only so many times I can read about McRea being put upon and used by his superiors and getting the blame without being given the chance to explain himself. Also tired quickly of McRea being beaten up by various baddies. After the 3rd or 4th time I started to roll my eyes. plot ok but way too much
Jan 20, 2011 Godzilla rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, 2011
This one is riding high in the book charts, and I picked it up cheaply.

I enjoyed the dynamic between the different police officers rather than the story itself, which I felt was rather weak. It started off fairly strongly but then seemed to fade.

There are one or two twists and turns, but this book wasn't as good as previous Stuart MacBride books.

Hopefully this is just a blip, and he'll be back on better form with his next one. This is still very readable but certainly not as gripping as Flesh Ho
Oct 14, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone deserves a second chance...

Six books in to MacBride's dark detective series and he still manages to weave an enthralling tale. The plot is thrilling, intricate and leaves no questions in its resolution; the characters remain some of the most engaging bunch in crime fiction, with new members being introduced as if they've always been there; and the author's writing is enviably brilliant.

As a lot of the covers say: BLOODY. BRILLIANT. MACBRIDE.


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Book 6 in the Logan McRae series.

I was a little disappointed in the beginning with the direction that this book seemed to be taking our main protagonist. If there are as many alcoholic, neurotic police officers in this country as books and other forms of media would have us believe, then I am deeply worried for the safety of the public. However, at the beginning of this book that seemed to be the destination that Logan was aiming at. He was turning into really unlikable character. But then he ha
Jun 05, 2013 Monica rated it liked it
“Dark Blood” is the 6th book in MacBride’s books featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae. I like the harsh and brittle dialogue that this writer brings to his books. I like the characters. DI Steel continues to keep me laughing. MacBride packs a lot of crime and police procedure into one book. Multiple stories, a very busy Logan McRae, minor characters who I really want to know more about. This series is certainly keeping me entertained.
John Marsh
May 04, 2015 John Marsh rated it it was amazing
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Rog Harrison
Dec 03, 2015 Rog Harrison rated it really liked it
This is a glorious black comedy with lots of grotesque over the top characters. At the start Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is struggling to come to terms with the events in the previous book and is drinking so much that his future in the police force is in question. However he cleans up his act and by the end has solved many of the crimes. Lots of twists and turns in this complicated story many of which took me by surprise though a couple did not. I am enjoying this series but wish I had been a ...more
Nov 09, 2014 Lara rated it liked it
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Jun 09, 2013 Diana rated it did not like it
Shelves: in-my-bookshelf
I have still not finished this one...but maybe some day. I didn't like it very much..
Aug 16, 2011 Jackie rated it it was ok
It was a bit long winded.
May 08, 2015 Lacer rated it liked it
I've been happily binge reading Stuart MacBride for the last few weeks but this one wasn't quite as good, as it dragged a bit in places and the ending wasn't as exciting. In this one Aberdeen police have been asked to 'babysit' a newly released rapist from Newcastle but somebody seems to be after him. There were a few bits that stood out, notably the funniest attempt to arrest someone ever but it comes to something when the thing that really stood out was how many times MacBride writes about puk ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-scotland
If you are a fan of Stuart MacBride, and the characters he chronicles in his ongoing series about the Aberdeen police, this book will most likely appeal to you, as well. Most of your favorites are back, although some take a distinct step into the background in this one.

If you are not yet a fan, or are relatively new to the series – DO NOT start out with this one. MacBride makes no attempt to introduce his characters; he apparently figures that the reader already knows who these people are and wh
May 31, 2012 Lainy rated it really liked it
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Blurb From Goodreads

The new Logan McRae novel set in gritty Aberdeen from the author of Cold Granite and Blind Eye Richard Knox has served his time, so why shouldn't he be allowed to live wherever he wants? Yes, in the past he was a violent rapist, but he has seen the error of his ways, found God, and wants to leave his dark past in Newcastle behind him and make a new start—or so he says. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae isn't exactly thrilled to be part of the
Craig Sisterson
Jun 14, 2010 Craig Sisterson rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, british, scottish
Paroled rapist Richard Knox decides he wants to make a new life in the Aberdeen, forcing Granite City’s finest to protect him from an outraged populace. Meanwhile MacBride's recurring hero DS Logan McRae is under the cosh from all directions: his superiors are overloading him and questioning his attitude; he’s hitting the drink increasingly hard; he’s spending more time before Professional Standards than dealing with his massive caseload packed with counterfeit money and goods, murder, flashers, ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Paula rated it liked it
I had to really work at getting into this book! I got bored with Logan acting like a twit really quickly and there were so many plot lines that it was confusing. But once I got things sorted out a bit and Logan started cleaning up his act, around the middle of the book, it was a decent read.

Dark Blood is the weakest of the Logan McRae series. Choppy plot, too many characters and our hero being too much of a twit for too long. DI Steel is very funny in places but she'd be much funnier if practi
Book Addict Shaun
Mar 02, 2013 Book Addict Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Logan McRae is one of my favourite fictional detectives. I think Tom Thorne is my favourite but Logan is a close second. I don't think this book was the strongest in the series but it wasn't a bad book and I really enjoyed it.

One of the best things about the McRae books has got to be DI Steel. Quite possibly one of the best characters in a crime fiction novel... ever! I just think ages great. I always say that MacBride's books could do with being a 100 or so pages shorter but I would never want
Allan Nail
Jun 02, 2013 Allan Nail rated it liked it
Still not quite a five-star read, but getting better. I have to say, I'm alternating between leaving this as a four-star and downgrading it, because there are some problems with the narrative as a whole. I'll start with that.

First, there's the problem with Samantha, Logan's girlfriend of the last couple novels. She's pointless. She has potential but she's hardly ever in the story (perhaps because she lives with Logan and he's never ever at home, another problem I'll get to presently). At first i
Aug 25, 2013 Spuddie rated it it was amazing
One of the few series I can come back to for a much-needed occasional dose of sick, dark humor where there are no tea shops, unicorns, rainbows or yarn shops. While the stories have gotten to be somewhat predictable in some ways--Logan MacRae, the protagonist is continually caught between two bosses who each want him to basically be their lackey and do all the nasty scut work in whatever investigation comes their way--but part of that predictability is what brings me back. Too many books end up ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Tiger rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book from MacBride. Logan McRae and DI Steel are assigned to babysit Richard Knox, a convicted rapist who has served his time and now has found religion and wants a new start. But lots of people have interest in this Knox character.....for many different reasons. Lots going on in this book.......the multiple story lines were a little confusing at the start, but WOW, MacBride pulled it all together in an outstanding way. Great read !
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