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Blind Eye (Logan McRae #5)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  3,804 Ratings  ·  200 Reviews
The new Logan McRae thriller set in gritty Aberdeen, from the bestselling author of Cold Granite and Flesh House. It's Summer in the Granite City, but even the sunshine can't improve the mood at Grampian Police Headquarters. Aberdeen's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves mutilated victims to be discovered on building sites -- eyes gou ...more
Paperback, 517 pages
Published 2009 by HarperCollins
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Rachel the Book Harlot
Mar 11, 2016 Rachel the Book Harlot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series.
"Logan walked over to the window, rubbing a clear patch in the dusty glass. Looked like another beautiful day to be a police officer, with outbreaks of infighting, sulking, and recriminations."

In Blind Eye, Book 5 of the Logan McRae series, Logan and Co. are back with bacon butties, hangovers, and all-around police investigation shenanigans. But it's not all fun and games--Logan has a bit of a tough time in this, and has to deal some serious demons. It was a new side to Logan's character that
Jul 15, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DI Steele deserves her own fan club. It would have to be a club where swearing, drinking, smoking and fiddling with your bra strap were perfectly acceptable behaviours of course. You've also got a ready made slogan as fans of the wonderful Logan McRae series from Scottish author Stuart MacBride will be aware.

BLIND EYE is the 5th book in this funny, gruesome, funny, ferocious, unflinching, funny series featuring DS Logan McRae and a passing parade of DIs and DCIs. DI Steele makes a very high prof
Jun 15, 2010 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Aberdeen, where I live, this book made interesting reading, particularly the Scottish police humour that permeates the narrative. The star of the story is Detective Inspector Steel, a lesbian with ‘wife’ Susan, who is desperate for a child from a sponsor.
Page 398 really made me laugh with the following paragraph:
‘Steel dropped her vodka and poured more for everyone. ‘I ever tell you about the Sperminator, Susan? Goes about smearing his spunk on handrails in shopping centres. All you’d ha
Oct 05, 2016 Katerina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Логан МакРей даёт Джеймса Бонда и эффектно побеждает польских гангстеров, параллельно влюбляя в себя девушку с татуировкой (не дракона, но тоже страшного существа) и ещё пару-тройку блондинок с пистолетом.
Nov 05, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blind Eye, the fifth Logan McRae novel, simply highlights why Stuart MacBride is one of my favourite authors.

Whilst Blind Eye is not my favourite of the Logan McRae novels – that title is currently held by Broken Skin – it is certainly a great read. Having recently read MacBride’s Ash Henderson novels and finding them less enjoyable than his McRae novels (they’re still fun, but they’re not the same), it was great to go back to what I know and truly love.

After many novels depicting the terrible A
May 11, 2009 Shona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who lives in Aberdeen
Shelves: would-read-again

Stuart MacBride writes fictional crime set in Aberdeen. Coming from Aberdeen means that as I read it I can not only imagine the characters but also picture each street they are in.

The book was addictive, making it hard to put the book down. It follows the police force as the try and find the person responsible for ripping out Polish victims eyes then burning their eye sockets. Sounds disgusting and at times it can but but the book is littered with humour which lessens how gruesome it
This was the most suspenseful book in the Logan McRae series yet! Polish mafia, crooked police officers, Aberdeen criminals trying to protect their territory, and DS McRae caught right in the middle of this mess. I'm wondering how much more he can take before he completely snaps and goes off the deep end!
In Aberdeen, Scotland, Det. Sgt. Logan "Laz" McRae is investigating a series of attacks on Polish immigrants. The attacker gouges the victim's eyes out, burns their eye sockets to cauterize the wound and leaves them in their injured state. There was also a note that the Poles have taken "...our jobs, our women and our God." The attacker is given the nickname Oedipus.

As this case is being investigated a new victim is found. However this victim isn't a Pole, it's one of the leading mob figures in
Jennifer (JC-S)
Dec 07, 2009 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Well ... He’s definitely unhinged. No sane person uses so many exclamation marks.’

Someone is preying on Aberdeen’s growing Polish community. Men are found abandoned, barely alive, on building sites with their eyes gouged out and the sockets burned. Threatening letters arriving at police headquarters make it clear that the attacks will continue.

The victims are too scared to talk to police, and the only witness is a paedophile on the run. Grampian Police are not making much progress in capturing
OMG how can Logan stand to keep being a policeman in this police force. He does so much good, but his screw up are outstanding. Part, if not most of this is caused by the ineptitude of the senior staff and their inability to back him up.

The Polish community are being attacked by vigilantes who, on the pretext of "They are taking our jobs" are poking out the eyes of random Poles. Again it is Mr MacBride's penchant for the horrific crime that gives this the ewww factor.

On top of this his D.I. is w
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Got up to page 122 and I cannot be bothered with it anymore. Swearing, shouting, sex, how boring. Logan still isn't intelligent, he still whinges and all the women are just men with vaginas.
Nov 20, 2009 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a timely book, as it deals with a deadly loathing for immigrants. In the fair city of Aberdeen, in the far north of Scotland, there seems to be an influx of Polish immigrants, and someone hates them enough to pluck out their eyes, pour lighter fluid into the hole, and ... you get the picture.

Our intrepid hero, Logan MacRae is emerging slowly from the deep well of trouble which he had been in with the police department, and of which I complained mightily in my review of Dying Light. To m
Feb 07, 2013 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2013
Logan McRae is a fantastic creation and everything you could want from a fictional police officer, someone who doesn't always play by the rules as it makes for a more interesting and more enjoyable read. Mark Billingham's Tom Thorne remains my favourite fictional detective but DS McRae is a very close second. However it has been over two years since I read a MacBride novel and after reading this 500+ page book over the last few hours I am kicking myself for having left it too long. I did actuall ...more
Jul 27, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chilling. Someone is blinding Polish citizens in Aberdeen, calling himself Oedipus. Enter DS "Lazarus" McRae. While I love MacBride's black humour. I do find the continuance of McRae screwing up all the time, annoying. One has to wonder how he still has a job.

Bent coppers, shootings, blinding the usual mix of Aberdeen.
Back to the story. MacBride's usual setting of the sinister underbelly of Aberdeen in its stark greys and rain is swept away, for once it is not winter. McRae is helping the task f
Oct 28, 2012 Tura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable as a crime novel, the plot is suitably gory - well hilariously OTT gory - and twisted in more ways than one. It is set in a fantasy Aberdeen that actually has a professional porn business and is ruled by the Mafia don Wee Hamish (sic). It is sort of Chicago-on-Dee more than the real Aberdeen even if the lingo and the places are very recognisable.
Most of the characters are rather thinly characterized, or if they have a recognisable character, they do their signature thing way too often
Aug 09, 2016 tsukino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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Apr 29, 2016 Ndumiso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember when my dad gave me a copy of this book. reading it again took me back to when I was still close to the man that made me love reading.

anyway, this book has a gruesome grip on the reader. It's the perfect cocktail of suspense, thrill and gore. Leaves me drunk with chills every time I reread it.
Jan 02, 2010 Bookchurn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, I love the characters in this series, however the plot in this one was probably the weakest in the series. In the end, I admit I read these to see what happens to the people in the novel and not to see how the bad guy(s) get caught.

I think this is the first one that features actual sunlight in Aberdeen. Amazing.
John Lane
Dec 25, 2014 John Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book as the author keeps the reader guessing who has commited the crime and makes the reader laugh with some of the main characters and how they interact with each other.
Alison Hardtmann
Stuart MacBride writes a series of gritty crime novels set in Aberdeen, Scotland, following the career of Logan McRae. In this installment, the police department are trying to solve a series of brutal blindings of Polish immigrants, while trying to control the rising crime rate. Then a Scottish crime lord is also blinded and violence erupts.

The series is always dark, certainly falling under the description of "tartan noir," and McRae is, as always, a mess. He's drinking, which is par for the co
Ginny Kavanagh
Immigrants are not popular in Aberdeen, Scotland. In this case they are Polish laborers despised for taking the jobs belonging to Scotsmen. Same old story. Economics is at the root of all bigotry. Some nutcase is targeting the Poles, not killing them, but blinding them. The madman has been given the name Oedipus by the Grampian detectives. Logan McRae and Inspector Steele are on the case. On a side note, Logan gets a new love interest in this one and Steele is after him to impregnate her Lesbian ...more
Jul 03, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'You can't be an eyewitness if I cut out your eyes...'

Entry five in MacBride's crime series is everything long-term fans expect: It's gruesome, blackly hilarious, and it makes you wonder why there isn't some sort of TV adaption.

Blind Eye does feel a little cluttered, however. There are a myriad of plot threads that writhe throughout, making your brain shift up a gear. It mostly pulls itself together, managing to weave the many threads into a cohesive story, but, some slip through the cracks. The
Oct 02, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloody brilliant MacBride does it again. I want to binge read this series so bad. Must pace myself.
Steven Atkinson
Sep 26, 2016 Steven Atkinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favourite book so far in Stuart's, Logan McRae series, rather gory but interesting, with multinational gang issues, brilliant characters some funny some miserable, loved it :-)
Sep 23, 2016 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I enjoy these Logan McRae books so much. Extreme violence, an extremely harassed working life and some very unpleasant people. But there's an undercurrent of humour that makes them very readable.
Nigel Bird
May 30, 2013 Nigel Bird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a real treat to hear Stuart MacBride read his own work. Unlike having to listen to a narrator who seems to miss nuances from time to time, Mr MacBride is able to override that completely.
As well as being a talented writer, he’s clearly a pretty good mimic; it’s easy to imagine him as an actor on the stage, working in radio drama or doing the voiceover for a telly ad. The accents and voices he uses for the characters in Blind Eye make it easy to follow all the way through.
The novel tells t
Tina Saldiran
Finally, having finished the 5th book of the series, I discovered what kept bothering me about it:

I love the dialogue, I love the cases, I love the comic relief and the suspense, all well done, but I just can't over the fact that police these days don't use guns but pepper spray when storming homes of serial killers/cannibals/rapists etc, then just fall all over themselves like the three stooges and fail.

You might not think much of it but the stupidity of untrained and unarmed cops running amo
Luca Lesi
QUOTH THE RAVEN: “NEVERMORE”, «Disse il corvo: mai più», frase tratta dalla poesia Il corvo di Edgar Allan Poe
Quinto libro della serie dedicata alla città di Aberdeen e alle indagini del sergente Logan McRae.
Stuart MacBride mi è piaciuto fin dal primo libro per la profondità con cui descrive il male senza scadere nel macabro e l'ironia con cui dipinge i vari personaggi che ruotano intorno alle trame ben costruite.
Una miscela che rende godibile la lettura e spinge, come in certe serie televisive,
Craig Sisterson
Sep 04, 2011 Craig Sisterson rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, thrillers, scottish
The fifth instalment in Stuart MacBride's acclaimed DS Logan McRae series takes us once more into the dark heart of Aberdeen, although this time we're looking through the sticky lens of a sweltering summer, rather than the rain-smashed freezing winters of previous books. And while the cannibalistic serial killer of Flesh House is thankfully in the rearview mirror, McRae and the rest of his Grampian police colleagues are still struggling with the after-effects.

Then they're faced with something pe
Oct 31, 2014 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another one I wrote for coffee. I read all of MacBride's stuff over the summer of '09 because it was entertaining and I needed entertainment.

This is the fifth book to feature Logan McRae, whose thankless job it is to police the mean streets of Aberdeen. Familiarity with McRae’s previous adventures is not essential to your enjoyment of this instalment, a police procedural that leaps straight in with both booted feet first, opening with an armed raid that goes badly wrong, but which leads to the d
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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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  • Flesh House (Logan McRae, #4)
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McPherson had scribbled, "BEATTIE?" in the margin in red biro.


Logan stuck the memo back in the drawer. Detective Sergeant Beattie couldn't arrest his own backside with three patrol cars and a search warrant.”
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