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Cold Granite (Logan McRae #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  9,992 Ratings  ·  799 Reviews
The debut thriller from a bright new Scottish talent set to rival Ian Rankin. It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Four-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. There's a killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood.If ...more
ebook, 464 pages
Published February 2nd 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2005)
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Maureen
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With more red herrings than you can shake a fishing rod at, Scottish author Stuart MacBride has kept me guessing pretty much the whole way through Cold Granite.


Aberdeen, Scotland is the setting, and in the midst of winter it's a bitterly cold and unforgiving location. The icy chills stem not only from the weather though, as there is a monster of a serial killer stalking its streets. The disturbing storyline of child abduction and murder, means it's always going to be a difficult read, but gosh i
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Phrynne
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author and definitely not my last. I became quite attached to D.I. Logan McCrae and enjoyed many of the other characters too. The story was excellent if a little too graphic at times. I am quite accomplished at skimming the really upsetting bits so the nasty details did not bother me too much. I found it to be quite neatly put together and rather realistic in terms of police procedure etc. Another new author. Hooray,
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Brenda
With DS Logan McRae back at work after spending a year recovering from a near-fatal stabbing, he had been directed to ease into the job. But when the call came in that a body had been found, and that body was of a child, he found himself lead investigator in a case that would consume him and the local police for the next few weeks. The weather in Aberdeen was cruel – an icy cold winter had attacked the residents with the bitter wind relentless in its fury. The snow removed any chance of finding ...more
Rachel the Book Harlot
"Aye? Shame. He was fucking tasty in his day. Quite the lady-killer.
But we couldn't prove it." - Detective Inspector Steel


There is a lot to like in Stuart MacBride’s police procedural, Cold Granite. To start with, the story is sprinkled with humorous lines like the one above, delivered by likeable, almost quirky, characters. Some moments actually made me laugh out loud, which I found surprising as I didn’t expect it to be filled with such dark humor. The author does a great job of balancing t
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Bettie☯
Description: Stuart MacBride’s Number One bestselling crime series opens with this award-winning debut. DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets.

Winter in Aberdeen: murder, mayhem and terrible weather…

It’s DS Logan McRae’s first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn’t get much worse. Three-year-old David Reid’s body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he’s only the first. There’s a s
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Lisa
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-lit
I have found another new author Scottish born Stuart Macbride kept me turning the pages & could not put down Cold Granite tells the story of DI logan Mcrae who is investigating the brutal murders of a 3 year old boy who was found on the river Don the setting is in Aberdeen Scotland the little boy is tortured some of this story was graphic to say the least but its what these killers do & makes it real soon another little girls body is found exactly the same way & its up to DI Logan Mc ...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Excellent reading. Excellent combination of police procedures and forensics coming together to make for a cracking crime thriller. After reading other reviews I expected this book to be more graphic and gruesome and whilst the storyline centres predominantly on the hunt for a child serial killer, it's not as graphic as other similar novels I have read.

It has the right amount of detail, good strong characters and a few good twists and turns along the way. Ultimately the book ends up winding a fe
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Lauren
Cold Granite
4 Stars

Following a year of recuperation, DS Logan McRae is hoping for a slow return to the Aberdeen force. However, with the discovery of the body of a 3-year-old boy, McRae is thrust into a heartbreaking and horrific investigation. As the bodies begin piling up and several children go missing, the press is convinced that a serial killer is on the loose, and McRae will have to use all of his wits and experience to uncover the truth.

***Warning***: This book contains graphic and distu
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MaryG2E
My reaction to Cold Granite is ambivalent. Although I read the book with enthusiasm, I found it frustrated me in certain aspects, thus lowering my overall rating of it.

Firstly, some positives - the descriptions of Aberdeen and its wintry climate were well-drawn. I could almost shiver with the bleakness of the weather and the dreariness of those grey buildings. Although almost stomach-churning at times, the descriptions of the death scenes were graphic and intense, and I could almost smell the st
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Logan McRae is back after being on sick leave for over a year after nearly dying after an attack. The first day could have started better when the news that a little boy that has been missing have been found dead in a ditch. And, soon everything it will just get worse when another child goes missing. 

I read book nine in the series recently and I liked it so I decided to read the series from the beginning. It was a very grim book, I have previously stated that I don't like reading books that deal
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Bree T
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction
This is Stuart MacBride’s first novel and as debuts go, it’s pretty tightly done. Detective Sargeant Logan McRae is back reporting for duty after a year off on sick leave. He was stabbed, multiple times (23, apparently) in the abdomen by a murderer nicknamed the “Mastrick Monster”. It took seven hours for a surgeon to sew DS McRae’s inside’s back together and he bears hideous scars and suffers from searing pain.

But the book is not really about that. Instead it’s about the case he catches on his
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Simon Taylor
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stuart MacBride’s stunning debut novel Cold Granite propels DS Logan McRae into the detective hall of fame in no time at all.

McRae is a likeable protagonist with a genuine back story: allusions to his professional and personal life pre-novel make this clear. He is haunted by an injury sustained in a previous case and is burned from the breakdown of a relationship.

The star is presented as fundamentally human. He has hope, ambition and refreshing optimism when it’s warranted, despite his demons. H
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Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A police procedural of the more or less hard boiled type. Set in Aberdeen, Scotland.[return][return]Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae has returned from recovering from near-fatal stab wounds to the Grampian Police Force to face immediately a dead child and the possibility of a serial paedophile killer. Other dead children appear as well as a puzzling adult corpse, causing more than a little confusion within the police ranks. In addition, it s clear that someone inside the Grampian Police Force is ...more
Laura
I saw The Bearded Wonder (Stuart MacBride) speaking at an event in Dundee, A Million for a Morgue, a few months ago. He was engaging, hilarious and I vowed to read his series. I learnt for example that the main character Logan is named after his nephew who lives in Canada (I think) and how many swear words on average are in his books (a fair few).

I really enjoy reading Crime fiction and this book definitely is high on my list of ones I have enjoyed. Its set in Aberdeen, the Granite City, which I
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Trev Twinem
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is where it all started The first in the DS McRae series and the reader is introduced to Detective Sergeant Logan McRae newly returned to active duty after a serious stabbing incident, which we learn a little about as the story proceeds. The bodies of a number of children are discovered, mutilated and sexually abused and in the gritty atmosphere of a dark and constantly rainy Aberdeen Logan must find the killer before the body count mounts. As in all Stuart Macbride books the humour is dark ...more
Tony
Oct 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
MacBride, Stuart. COLD GRANITE. (2005). ****. My wife, Betsy, met Mr. MacBride when we were attending the recent Bouchercon in Baltimore. She was impressed by his comments on one of the panels and thought she’d give his book a try. When she finished it, she told me I had to read it. It was terrific! Well, it’s an excellent first novel, a combination thriller cum police procedural. MacBride is from Aberdeen, Scotland, and this is where the novel is set. If you’ve ever been to Aberdeen, you would ...more
Monnie
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that I never read more than one book at a time - ever - my goal is to have a really good book series waiting in the wings just in case I finish a book but don't have another that interests me. That's complicated a bit because I also hate re-reading a book, no matter how excellent it was (the only exception to that rule was the James Bond series by Ian Fleming).

Over the last couple of years, favorites like Lawrence Block's The Burglar Who series, the series by Spencer Quinn featu
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Carolyn
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime

Gritty Scottish police procedural set in the granite city (Aberdeen). My heart sank when I read the opening of this book and realised it was dealing with the distasteful topic of the death and mutilation of very young children. However, after the prologue there was no further description of the actual killing or mutilation of children and the body count wasn't too high.

Logan McRae has just returned to work after almost being stabbed to death. He's thrown into the deep end when the body of a youn
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Neil
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the end of last year I read Stuart MacBride's novella Sawbones, and up until that point I had forgotten what a wonderful crime writer he is. So I promised myself that I would dig out the Logan MacRae series and re-read them.

Now for anyone unfamiliar with these books, they are not set in the bright lights of London, Edinburgh or even Glasgow. They are set in the Scottish city of Aberdeen, maybe not the most fashionable of locations but they do seem to lend the stories a harder edge. In Cold Gr
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Heather
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First time I've read a book by this author and I loved it. Admittedly it is very gruesome, with unnecessarily detailed descriptions of autopsies but the author tempers this with some great banter between the wonderful characters and a wicked sense of humour. Can't wait to read the second in the series. I just love Logan, the hero copper whose imperfections make him very endearing and DI Insch is hilarious.
John Wiltshire
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently rereading the whole series. As with lots of books, they're even better a second time. I'd forgotten what a delightfully slow build this first one is. I'm nearly 30% in and we still haven't actually met DI Steel yet. She's lurking and been mentioned a couple of times, and when you know what a force of nature she is once she arrives on the scene this tactic is quite amusing. PC Rennie isn't in the novel yet either. Logan is arriving back to work after nearly a year off sick (after be ...more
Lisa
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listening to this on audio was a real treat and despite the dark and nasty subject matter being investigated by DS Logan McRae I really enjoyed this story.
It had everything you could want from a police procedural - mystery, thrills, action, superb characterisation, dark humour.
There were twists and turns and plenty of suspense.
I felt like I was in the investigation with the team sharing the ups and downs. It is very violent and quite sickening in places so don't expect the nasty bits to be gloss
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Sarah
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
First of my holiday reads.

This is the first book i have read by this author and it's also the first in the series.

An enjoyable and gripping read that is full of surprises, especially towards the end. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Ellen
Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride.

This is the 1st in the Inspector McRae series and my first. It was recommended to me by another mystery lover/reviewer.
I found this thriller/mystery quite involved. Logan has his hands full with missing toddlers from the area and the worst is yet to come. Dealing with bereaved parents and grand-parents is a job he doesn't want or need. The emotional upheaval is at times too much for the family when he arrives with news they never wanted to hear. These missing chil
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Jamie Long
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was hard to put down . The writing is good and the characters are strong McRae and Watson are awesome. I really think this series has series is just going to get better.
Harry
Stuart MacBride was born Feb 27 1969 in Dumbarton, Scotland and raised in Aberdeen. His careers include scrubbing toilets offshore, graphic design, web design and IT/computer programming. He's won Best Debut Novel, 2006 (for Cold Granite) and numerous other International Thriller Awards and now lives in north-east Scotland with his wife, Fiona and their cat Grendel.

The novels, too, take place in Scotland. I'll grant you, Stuart MacBride does warn you you're in for a dismal climate change. Tartan
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Karen
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, united-kingdom
COLD GRANITE is one of those debut books that come along and slowly cause a stir of comment and discussion in crime fiction forums. So much commentary just makes you want to get that book that everyone is talking about, but at the same time you often wonder if there's a chance that it's all noise and not much substance. COLD GRANITE is all substance.

On his first day back from extended medical leave, DS Logan just wants to get through his first day and hand responsibility back to his new DI. Desp
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LJ
COLD GRANITE (Police Procedural-Scotland-Cont) - VG
MacBride, Stuart – 1st in series
Harper Collins, 2005- Hardcopy
DS Logan McRae nearly died in the line of duty and is now back after a yearlong recovery. However, his first day back isn't the gentle return he'd expected as the body of a murdered four-year-old boy has been found. As more children go missing and their bodies found, the question is whether all the cases are related. It doesn't help that someone is leaking information to the press.
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Bridget
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in Aberdeen and featuring a great new detective whom I became rather fond of as the book progressed. This is the first in the series and sets you up nicely with relationships in the police station, the past relationship, the glimmer of a new relationship and really nice friendships with the other police persons involved in the story. The autopsy scenes are positively gory but the crimes are realistic feeling and the villains and slippery characters were great. ...more
Bill
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-reads
An excellent debut novel from Stuart MacBride and the start of a very good series (if this one is any indication.) A Scottish thriller and crime procedural with plenty of dark humor sprinkled throughout.

There’s a lot going on in this one and some very interesting foreshadowing of both past and future events that are sure to be revealed in the next books in the series. Anyway, I am looking forward to reading more of DS Logan McRae. 4.5 Stars, but since I have a feeling this could be a pretty spec
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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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“Where Insch was bald, Steel looked as if someone had sellotaped a Cairn terrier to her head. Rumour had it she was only forty-two, but she looked a lot older. Years of chain smoking had left her face looking like a holiday home for lines and wrinkles.” 4 likes
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