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eBook Cold Granite download

by Stuart MacBride

eBook Cold Granite download ISBN: 0007419449
Author: Stuart MacBride
Publisher: HarperCollins (October 27, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 480
ePub: 1829 kb
Fb2: 1346 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Action and Adventure

Christmas is coming, cold, dark and wet, bringing death with it. DS Logan McRae is having a bad week: his first day back on the job in Aberdeen after a year out on the sick.

Christmas is coming, cold, dark and wet, bringing death with it. DS Logan McRae is having a bad week: his first day back on the job in Aberdeen after a year out on the sick, and four-year-old David Reid’s body is discovered in a ditch. Stripped, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. But David Reid is only the first; there’s a killer stalking the cold granite streets, abducting children, leaving their torn bodies behind.

I am thrilled to have finally discovered Stuart McBride. I was totally captivated by Cold Granite and look forward to reading more of this series. Oh well, it gets what it deserves. Needless to say, I highly recommend Cold Granite to all crime fiction/thriller fans. 3 people found this helpful.

Stuart MacBride is a Scottish writer, most famous for his crime thrillers set in the "Granite City" of Aberdeen and featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae. Stuart MacBride was born 27 February 1969 in Dumbarton, Scotland and raised in Aberdeen. His careers include scrubbing toilets offshore, graphic design, web design and IT/computer programming. He studied architecture at Heriot-Watt University.

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Stuart MacBride’s Number One bestselling crime series opens with this award-winning debut. And he’s only the first. There’s a serial killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood. DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets. Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing.

MacBride's writing is so good here that it's hard to believe it's not a sign of staying power.

Stuart Macbride een found on a riverbank. To the horror of even the most experienced cops on the job, all the details point to a ritualistic murder-a serial killer. Then twenty-four hours later, another child goes missing. The case’s latest developments keep appearing as the next day’s headlines, leading the department to believe one of their own is leaking information.

Stuart Macbride Cold granite. 1. Dead things had always been special to him. Their delicate coldness. The feel of the skin. The ripe, sweet smell as they decayed. As they returned to God. Winter in Aberdeen: murder, mayhem and terrible weathe. t’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.

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 serial killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood.

Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die. And if Logan isn’t careful, he could end up joining them.

Comments: (7)
Zeli
I found this book through one of the Kindle e-mail deals and checked out the sample. Downloaded the book. Then decided I had to have it in the paper and ink format. Left it at my doctor's office and had to order another one, but oh my God, it's worth it! Anything I can do to keep this author writing more books. I've already ordered and received the second and third in the series, and am having to hold myself back from diving right in because I don't want to run out of Stuart MacBride books.

It can be pretty dark stuff, but the story is narrated with great style and the right amount of humor. I'm thrilled to have found a new author who is young enough to have plenty of stories left to tell. I'm a huge fan of Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Tana French and Robert Crais. Here is another author who has a gift for storytelling, for creating colorful and complex characters (I even liked the ones I didn't like!), and a suspenseful and gripping storyline. He paints a vivid picture of his settings - I could almost feel the cold winter and relentless rain in Aberdeen, Scotland as I read.

His main character has a pretty interesting back story that he fills in along the way - I almost felt like there was a first novel in the series that I had missed, but the pieces keep dropping into place as you read, and I found myself becoming more and more invested into him and with all the players. I'm looking forward to plenty more quality reading time with Mr. MacBride.
greatest
4.5 stars (rounded to 5 stars)

Hot Dog! I have myself another fabulous series to dig into. I love discovering these older series as there will be books waiting for me whenever I get the urge to revisit the characters. In addition, there is something about some of these more “vintage” novels that you do not see in books published today. Some sort of “IT” factor that is difficult to explain.

Cold Granite is the debut novel and a great start to Mr. McBride’s Logan McRae collection. The setting is Aberdeen, Scotland. What a totally miserable place. It’s like chapter 20 and STILL raining. At least it finally stops. When we reach December. Then it doesn’t stop snowing. I’ll say one thing though--Mr. McBride is such a creative guy that I could not help marveling at how many ways he is able to mesmerizingly describe the never-changing weather. He makes sure we never forget where we are and how wretched an environment it is. Made me feel cozy in my nice warm house with a steaming cup of coffee

DS McRae is coming off sick leave after being seriously wounded during his previous case. He’s supposed to be easing back in. Right. For the next 2 weeks, he does not get any time off as he chases down the suspects of multiple abductions and murders. Do we have a serial killer? Or are these crimes even related? The plot is fast moving and complex. It seemed like every time I thought I was starting to figure things out, yet another “event” would occur, messing up my thinking. This book totally engaged me with all that was going on.

The characters are very well written. Even all the potential baddies are well drawn, despite the reader not actually getting into their heads. Roadkill was my fave, along with Desperate Doug (what a loser). I loved the cops. McRae had my sympathy almost right off the bat. His two DI’s are a treat. DI Insch, who I wasn’t sure about at first, eventually won my affection. He’s a gruff guy, but has a good heart. His penchant for eating sugar-laden treats is very entertaining, especially to a sugar fan such as myself. I learned a lot about English confectionaries, many I would love to try myself; I feel bad they are not available to me here across the pond. Then there is DI Steel. Oh my. She doesn’t have a huge part in this story, but enough to intrigue me. I hope to see more of her tough stuff in future books. WPC Watson, assigned to drive McRae around, is a gem. Her nickname is Ball Breaker. Enough said. Oh, and Colin Miller, the hated (by his colleagues) crime investigator from the local newspaper--I loved seeing the evolution of his relationship with McRae.

The writing is top notch. Period.

I am thrilled to have finally discovered Stuart McBride. I was totally captivated by Cold Granite and look forward to reading more of this series. I rate this book 4.5 stars. I cannot help but round up to 5 stars despite the fact that gives me minimal room to award future books a higher rating. Oh well, it gets what it deserves. Needless to say, I highly recommend Cold Granite to all crime fiction/thriller fans.
Djang
McBride is a BORN writer. Everything flows, gathers, builds, concusses, RESOLVES. Great stories, Fun, complex -- but never too "showy" -- prose. Great, interesting, characters. Quirky, flawed, heroic, mentally ill, ethically driven. ALL of them deeply dedicated (even the killers). Although, with so many of them given one or more nicknames, it can be a tad difficult, chapter to chapter, to keep everyone straight. Minor difficulty. MUCH more importantly, this book feels like it's reading YOU! Flying by, knowing what you want to know, answering your questions at the exact best moment, with nothing superfluous or hammered home. Plausible, inevitable, satisfying, terrifying... "Cold Granite" holds you tight, refusing to be put down. SO glad it's a SERIES! As soon as I finish this inappropriately brief "review", I am on to book two. SO thrilled to have discovered a writer as truly, rarely talented as Stuart MacBride. And, thank you, Kindle, for making this book-a-month reader into a five-books-a-week reader! Making suggestions, recommendations, or simply providing me with a bunch of covers I can peruse, summations I can read, thus empowering me to make easy, inexpensive, spur of the moment, "What the heck?" choices. These impulsive "buys", more often than not, have proven worthy, indeed. And, finding many a self-published author, whom I'd otherwise never have considered, you are performing an indelible service! BUT, this ill' blurb is about Stuart MacBride, an author who is clearly breathing the right air, sitting on the right stone, spinning forth his stories to those of us eagerly gathered around him at the campfire.
Thohelm
As a big fan of the Rebus series and a lover of Scotland, I was looking forward to a new series of books in this genre. If you are squeamish, then this may not be the book for you. The plot revolves around investigations into the deaths of several young children and has a couple of particularly nasty story lines that do not make for pleasant reading. On the other hand, the banter between the main characters and the evocation of Aberdeen were highly enjoyable (the reviewer who complained about the frequent allusions to sweets and rain has not, I'm guessing, ever been to North-East Scotland). I will read the next book in the series and am hoping that the author does not feel the need to be overly creative about the murder scenarios. If you have read any Mo Hayder, you will know what I'm talking about.