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Shatter the Bones (2011)

af Stuart MacBride

Serier: Logan McRae (7)

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The Number One bestseller from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. The seventh DS Logan McRae thriller is a gripping page-turner in which fame and fortune crash head-on with crime and punishment. No suspects. No clues. No rest for the wicked. 'You will raise money for the safe return of Alison and Jenny McGregor. If you raise enough money within fourteen days they will be released. If not, Jenny will be killed.' Alison and Jenny McGregor - Aberdeen's own mother-daughter singing sensation - are through to the semi-finals of TV smash-hit Britain's Next Big Star. They're in all the gossip magazines, they've got millions of YouTube hits, everyone loves them. But their reality-TV dream has turned into a real-life nightmare. The ransom demand appears in all the papers, on the TV, and the internet, telling the nation to dig deep if they want to keep Alison and Jenny alive. The media want action; the public displays of grief and anger are reaching fever-pitch. Time is running out, but DS Logan McRae and his colleagues have nothing to go on: the kidnappers haven't left a single piece of forensic evidence. The investigation is going nowhere. It looks as if the price of fame just got a lot higher...… (mere)
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MacBride gets darker, and better, with each installment of his Logan MacRae series. [b:Shatter the Bones|8901992|Shatter The Bones (Logan McRae, #7)|Stuart MacBride|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1344678159s/8901992.jpg|13778223] is damned good.

OK, I'm a sucker for procedurals, and I consider myself an aficionado. This series, unlike most which start off great, proceed solidly, then taper off to mediocre, seems to be getting better and I find that remarkable. Listen to me; I need to tone down the praise. But I seriously was going to pre-order the next volume (due out in September), when originally this was supposed to be a casual read, like my Jack Reacher novels. Never pay full price, and until now all ebooks have cost me about $4 each. Don't know that that streak will last.

I suppose I don't need to repeat my previous reasons for liking the series, such as the complexity of daily life for the Aberdeen polis, and that is all true for this one as well. What MacBride improves on is the one big complaint I've had for a few volumes. This is a spoiler, so be warned: Logan is finally promoted to Inspector. I mean, really. How could it have taken this long?

It doesn't happen right away, and I found myself falling into the easy enjoyment of familiar characters. Having hated DI Steel in the first novel, she is now one of my favorite characters and has really grown in depth of development. Bravo, and for such an unusual character who could easily (in another series) been merely a punch line. But familiarity isn't enough to sustain a series, and sometimes that familiarity is enough to put me off altogether. I stopped reading the Tempe Brennan series because it seemed to be relying solely on the established character, with precious little plot. Same with the Scarpetta series, which is a shame because both of those at the beginning were top notch procedurals from interesting perspectives.

MacBride avoids this pitfall by doing something that seems a no-brainer: he takes the time to weave an interesting plot. Moreover this time, he actually drops some clues that lead me to figure out some (but not all!) details of the final unraveling. That he did it with somewhat obscure Doctor Who references only added to my pleasure.

The books get darker, however. There were a couple of times, as I was reading, where I thought to myself, "How does he even write that down?" From time to time, I had to go back and reassure myself that I'd read correctly, and believe me, MacBride pulls no punches. Still, for all the explicitness, there's nothing gratuitous. Further, by being so blunt in presenting the world of violent crime (kidnapping, in this case involving a mother and child), he manages to do something I haven't noticed before. In this book (and perhaps in others, but noticeably so in this one) MacBride shows a social conscience. Not that I didn't think he had one, but the crime that runs parallel to the main narrative serves as a sober reminder of the social inequity that exists in ever country, and how celebrity and privilege (even if not the privilege we expect) heightens that inequality.

I'm going back to change this to a five-star rating. It really was that good, and I need to stop being a crime novel snob. No one (yet) is going to top Mina, so I'm going to retire her from my comparison. Denise will still have to live up to her own standard, true, but MacBride has certainly established his own. ( )
  allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
A noir mystery from Aberdeen, gritty and filled with ribald humour, not recommended for those with tender sensitivities. A small child and her mother, both stars of a tv reality show, have been abducted and held for ransom to which the public are only too eager to contribute. The police are ineffective and waste a lot of time arguing, pulling rank, pandering to public opinion and going after red herrings. There is plenty of action here demanding attention because MacBride doesn't waste time with contemplation or filler. Looking forward to reading more in the series. ( )
1 stem VivienneR | Jan 11, 2019 |
This is the seventh volume of the Logan McRae series. I had read three books from this series so far and found them very exciting. Also with my fourth book I was not disappointed.
Logan McRae and his team are very busy. On the one hand, they are after a drug dealer and want to stop him. They must realize that dependent drug dealers are capable of anything and life can be very uncomfortable. On the other hand, it's about kidnapping a young girl. The kidnappers put the police under pressure and do not shy away from sending body parts of the kidnapped as a means of pressure to the authorities. It's a fight for the time. The story is very exciting. I certainly would read more books from this series. ( )
  Ameise1 | Dec 25, 2017 |
Out of the Logan McRae books, on one hand, this one has been my least favorite, while at the same time, the character development aspect was quite compelling.

In this novel, the main storyline involves the investigation of the kidnapping-for-ransom of a young reality-tv child and her mother.

Again, MacBride introduces more characters and continues to flesh out existing ones.

McRae continues to bicker with his bosses - Finney and Napier - while showing flashes of investigative brilliance. Though, it does grow old with villains of questionable intelligence getting the one up on MacRae, mostly on the side-plots away from the main story. You'd think a handful of knocks to the head would smarten him up a bit.

Still, MacBride continues to produces crime novels of high quality.

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  EricEllis | Sep 2, 2017 |
This book continues the story of the Aberdeen detective Logan McRae. This time a mother and her daughter have been kidnapped after becoming 'stars' on reality TV. A date has been set when they will be killed so the race is on to find them quickly.

Coming from Aberdeen makes these books all the more interesting as they are clearly written by someone who knows the city well.

Interspersed is a story of drug dealing and also McRae's personal problems.

The relationship between him and his bosses is strained at best and non-existent at worse. It is often stretching credibility to believe how behaves to superior officers.

With speeding cars through Aberdeen streets and showing the seedier side of the city this is an enjoyable and entertaining read as we go on a roller coast of emotions trying to find the missing pair. ( )
  Northern_Light | Jan 19, 2017 |
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The Number One bestseller from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. The seventh DS Logan McRae thriller is a gripping page-turner in which fame and fortune crash head-on with crime and punishment. No suspects. No clues. No rest for the wicked. 'You will raise money for the safe return of Alison and Jenny McGregor. If you raise enough money within fourteen days they will be released. If not, Jenny will be killed.' Alison and Jenny McGregor - Aberdeen's own mother-daughter singing sensation - are through to the semi-finals of TV smash-hit Britain's Next Big Star. They're in all the gossip magazines, they've got millions of YouTube hits, everyone loves them. But their reality-TV dream has turned into a real-life nightmare. The ransom demand appears in all the papers, on the TV, and the internet, telling the nation to dig deep if they want to keep Alison and Jenny alive. The media want action; the public displays of grief and anger are reaching fever-pitch. Time is running out, but DS Logan McRae and his colleagues have nothing to go on: the kidnappers haven't left a single piece of forensic evidence. The investigation is going nowhere. It looks as if the price of fame just got a lot higher...

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