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Dark Blood

(Logan McRae #6)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  5,102 ratings  ·  268 reviews
Detective Sergeant Logan McRae isn't happy to be part of the team helping convicted rapist Richard 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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Debbie Davies I agree, don't have to read in order, though I have, as each story a standalone, however you would miss the history behind the characters

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Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is proving to be such a good series. Admittedly it is dark and dirty, but the characters are so good and the stories move at such a perfect pace that you just have to enjoy it!

I love the setting too. Scotland is perfect somehow for crime and for police procedurals. In these books we are in Aberdeen where it always seems to be freezing cold and snowing. The best part of these books though is the dialogue. McBride has an enormous talent for writing entertaining conversations and banter, much
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stuart MacBride is one of my favourite authors, and with each additional book I read he manages to remind me why such is the case. Whilst I do not consider Dark Blood to be the best in the Logan McRae series – that title is still held by Broken Skin, which I had far too much fun with – it was a great read.

Blink Eye, book five, allowed us to see Aberdeen in summer along with taking Logan across the sea to mainland Europe for a while. In book six, we’re back to what we know and love. The exaggerat
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dark Blood (Logan McRae, #6) by Stuart MacBride.

A serial rapist of elderly men has been let out of prison after serving his sentence. Richard Knox has to find a place to live where he will be safe. Safe from retribution seeking family members of his victims...and there are many. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is chosen to assist in finding that safe place in Aberdeen for the rapist.
That's just the tip of the ice berg with Logan. His drinking is causing a personal lack in judgment and character
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5* This is the one where I really started to lose interest. Steel is slowly becoming way too much, and McRae is not really developing at the same rate as the earlier books. The crime plot in this one is less gruesome and really wasnt that interesting. The dialogue is still what kept me reading these.
Natalie M
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a phenomenal audiobook (read author by Stuart MacBride).

I am an avid Logan McRae fan so I may be a little biased but I haven't found another character quite so dark, dry, and witty. The sarcastic, killer comments and banter between characters continue to give me laugh out loud moments.

Aberdeen, Scotland is the perfect gothic style setting for the gory, horrific and stomach-churning crimes, from the freezing crime scenes to the bloody details, it all works! The best part of these books thoug
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: scotland, brit-grit, noir
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
May 11, 2010 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
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Probably 3.5+ stars actually.

This is the 6th book in the DS Logan McRae series set in Aberdeen.

The books are a bit of an acquired taste-- they are generally incredibly violent, with excessively gruesome crimes and sadistic villains. Things are mostly told from the perspective of the police, since Logan is the primary main character. However the police are not always portrayed in positive lights, and in this one Logan is at his most unlikable, so much so that his boss, DI Steel, a lesbian with s
Aug 21, 2013 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
Elly Wendy
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
4* Dark indeed. But funny as heck, at least for someone who grew up with boys and had three sons, thereby becoming seasoned to Grade 7 boys’ humour, and thus able to appreciate more creative foul language. Again I am amazed at how police forces in the British Isles manage to recruit anyone. Will be glad to find more by this author.
Jan 27, 2015 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
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.
Cathy Cole
Jan 13, 2012 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
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
4.5* This was another strong instalment in Stuart MacBride's acclaimed Logan McRae / Roberta Steel series, with plenty of twisty interconnected plot lines, a fair dose of gritty violence and the snappy dialogue readers have come to love.
DS Logan McRae has a bad attitude, as every one of his collegues is at pains to point out to him... but perhaps he has good reason. Former DS "Beardy" Beattie has been promoted to Inspector, and is taking every opportunity to lord it over him, he's way out of DC
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again to the author I still believe the phrase dark and gritty was invented for in the 6th instalment of his ongoing Logan Macrae series.

I don't go deep into plot because no matter how long a book has been published there is still going to be someone who hasn't read it. That said it does take a while for the main case to get going and I feel this hindered the book somewhat.

I said in my review of the last book that I was happy to see Logan grow a backbone and stand up to his superiors. Thi
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
David Highton
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Scottish police procedural, very noir and set in an a freezing cold Aberdeen. DS Logan Macrae continues to have to try to please two different Inspectors as he deals with murder, robbery, counterfeit goods and money, drugs and protection of a released rapist. Pretty dark plot, enlivened with some pretty strong local Aberdonian banter between the police teams.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
It's still not like the first three books in the series. But Logan McRae still is a likeable DS.
Tom Mc Kenna
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 Stars.
Eleanor Wheeler
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
I've really enjoyed this series but this addition was the weakest for me so far. It's still enjoyable (if that's the right word for a grim procedural crime book with added perverts.)

Out usually endearing detective Logan seamed a bit too far off the deep end this time and his new squeeze Sam just seems to try to make up for a lack of personality with tattoos and edgy dress sense.

Still, there is plenty to love in this down to earth series with well placed crass humor and I can't wait to start the
Apr 17, 2013 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 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
Ian Mapp
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
Wasting my time here. I spend far too long ready these series type of books - where the books on the own have merit and value - but all other books in the series are a carbon copy. I have done it with Rankin (the most superior) and Booth (the twee-ist).

This series stands out because the police are such hopeless cases. Logan eventually will triumph, but in between you know he will be beaten by the public, fall out with his superiors and make all the wrong decisions.

This book is easily the weakest
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.

Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it
The 6th book in the Logan McRae series by Stuart MacBride.
I have read the previous 5 books and I have to admit that I have lost the initial interest that I had in this series. The books have become very tired and predictable. The plots are ok but maybe it's time for a change.
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This was my sixth MacBride book, and I'm getting a little tired of the same old same old. I thought there might be more variety to the series as I went along. Not sure I'll read another MacBride.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Too much of the same. Steel's behaviour is over the top, en Mcrae got so much beatings he should be dead several times.
And do these people sleep at all ?

I'm not going further with this serie.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my favourite in this series. It all seemed a bit disjointed and DI Steel is in danger of becoming a caricature of herself. Such a shame as I've loved all the books up to this one. Hoping the next one is better.
Jodie (J.C.T)
Sep 14, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2-a-week
I loved this seriers and just got round to reading this wasn't disapointed i know want to go and re read all of these.

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