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Blind Eye

(Logan McRae #5)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  6,601 ratings  ·  317 reviews
Blind Eye, the new Logan McRae thriller set in gritty Aberdeen, Scotland, from Stuart MacBride, the award-winning author of Cold Granite and Flesh House, finds the long-suffering detective sergeant on a brutal new case.

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
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperCollins
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Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book number five in this great series.
As usual the police play outside the rules, the murders are gross and the interactions between most of the characters are pretty antisocial. On the other hand the humour is terrific and a few of the characters are just amazing. DI Steel is one of the best female cops in print and I also have a soft spot for Logan. Their relationship has developed beautifully and I especially like to see Logan standing up for himself on the few occasions that he tries it.
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Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book packs a huge punch - it's a big detective mystery, violent, sweary, drunken, chaotic mess...and I loved it!
This is always going to be a marmite book because it lives in the extremes of black humour - if you don't like swearing, violence and gore this is never going to be palatable let alone funny.
Not that I enjoy these things...ahem...but I appreciate their fictional worth when trying to portray people living on the fringes of right and wrong in extreme circumstances.
I was going t
Rachel the Book Harlot
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 th
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This wasnt as strong at the previous novels in the series. I love the characters so they seen to keep me wanting more. The main crime didn't seem as strong in this one or as thrilling. The side stories seemed to keep my interest more. ...more
Oct 26, 2016 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
Natalie M
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoy the dark humour and tongue-in-cheek wit of MacBride and again it is abundant in this novel. DI Steel and Logan McRae are the highlights of the series.

Unfortunately, instalment number five is just not as good as the previous ones. I found books one to three absolutely brilliant and maybe the bar is set so high I cant quite meet the expectations and anticipation.

Looking forward to having some time to read No.6.
3.5 stars

I'm taking a break from Logan McRae, not because this is a bad book, but because it started slipping into abuse of the main character. There is only so many times you can screw up your protagonist and make me really care: the constant abuse of his superiors and crazy girlfriends, the beating, explosions and now alcoholism... I hope this will not become a trend for the rest of the series. While I recognize Logan can't be the same as at the beginning of the series - this is becoming too m
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! ...more
Marty Fried
This audiobook was narrated by the author, who did an excellent job in my opinion. He also has done an excellent job in writing this series so far, and it is one of my favorites (but my favorites changes every year or two). It's pretty dark, but with enough humor to keep it light. In this one, there is someone who cuts out his victim's eyes and then burns the sockets, leaving them alive but blind. There is also some crippling by smashing the person's kneecaps with a hammer. Much of the recent bl ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
‘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
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was book 5 in the Logan McRae series, and as I have come to expect it is packed with various plotlines as Aberdeen seems to suffer a crime explosion in the sunshine. There is a possible drugs war looming, a cache of weapons are found, and various criminal empires are being exposed. As if that wasn't enough the local Polish community are living in fear as someone is going round and cutting their eyes out. Plus there is the added problem of a policeman on the take, so who can be trusted.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, it will be redundant, but again, each book by Stuart MacBride featuring Logan McRae and company just gets better than the last.

Some may suggest that MacBride follows a similar formula in each book by use of multiple threads going on at the same time, but that is okay. There's nothing wrong with sticking with a formula that works.

Along with his other books, this book is violent, but not in an exploitative way.

Also, in this book MacBride has the return of villains in past books, while int
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After taking a break (too long of one to be honest) I finally jumped back into the Logan Macrae series with this, book 5.

As I've said a whole lot of times, the term dark and gritty was invented for Stuart Macbride novels. This time round we encounter racism, prejudism, mutilation, fear mongering to name just the criminal elements.

As well as all the above Macbride takes the development of Logan to new levels. On one hand it was great to see the backbone he developed in the last book continue to
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
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blind Eye by Stuart MacBride.

Reading this series and other series' with books over 500 pages + I've discovered something about myself. I haven't been choosing books that are a quick read or an overnight fun read. I've been engrossed in books that bring me into another country-another culture. In the case of Blind eye it's into Aberdeen, Scotland. The life in every aspect of the Detective Sargeant Logan McRae.

The Polish section of Aberdeen is growing fast and it's not meeting the acceptance of
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Wow! Incredibly violent but also gut wrenchingly funny.

Just when you think things can't get worse for DS Logan McRae they get even worse.

He is in the middle of trying to solve another nauseatingly violent crime spree: someone is gouging out the eyes of people in the Polish community and then burning the sockets.

His boss, lesbian battleax DI Steel, is pressing for Logan to help her and her wife become parents, by any means necessary.

Eventually the search for clues takes Logan to Poland and to th
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-british
P.D.James believes that one should not review books one dislikes. What can I say. I have enjoyed Stuart MacBride's previous novels very much. I like their Aberdonian setting and the hapless DS Logan McRae. But in spite of 2 attempts I am unable to get into this. MacBride usually combines gritty crime with humour, but here he has gone over the top and has come up with unfunny farce. In particular Steele is a pantomime character who would not pass the PC brigade.

Sorry, because I really enjoy his
Joey Woolfardis
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. ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When does the next book come out?

Things are resolved, sort of. Anxious for the next installment to share the further adventures and misadventures of Laz and Steele!
Feb 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blame it on the audiobook version - the voiceover irritated me so much I couldn't stand it.
As a Polish it also made me laugh how stereotypical the story was (pierogi, vodka and gołabki - that's our essence ;)). The plot itself was maybe a bit interesting and the sarcastic jokes were pretty good (yet too much of them with bad timing), but the voiceover really ruined the experience for me.
Nov 20, 2009 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
Tina Saldiran
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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
More Gore! Written by Stuart Macbride, and published by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd, London in 2009, this book is the next in the Detective Sergeant McRae series of police procedural novels set in the Aberdeen, Scotland area. So far, I have liked this series of novels, but they have become tiresome. DS McRae never achieves a promotion from lowly sergeant to the rank of inspector that he so dearly covets. He solves most of the big cases in his department’s area of responsibility, but ...more
Book Addict Shaun
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Alex Jones
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picture it, Sunny Aberdeen (yes just pretend) in the height of summer, hot , sweaty, uncomfortable.... with a mad man carving out the eyeballs of the polish community, here is book 5 of the DS Logan McRae series by Stuart MacBride. Back with a bang after book 4 which I felt was the weakest of the series this one really comes at you in a full tour de force. The wonderfully wicked DI Roberta Steel, almost stealing the show as ever, The lovable DC Rennie, our team is back without DCI Insch.. a coup ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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