My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 2 days
Publisher - Harper Collins
Source - Netgalley
Blurb from Goodreads
The stunning new Logan McRae thriller from No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller Stuart MacBride.
Scottish crime fiction at its very best.
Darkness is coming…
Inspector Logan McRae was looking forward to a nice simple case – something to ease him back into work after a year off on the sick. But the powers-that-be have other ideas…
The high-profile anti-independence campaigner, Professor Wilson, has gone missing, leaving nothing but bloodstains behind. There’s a war brewing between the factions for and against Scottish Nationalism. Infighting in the police ranks. And it’s all playing out in the merciless glare of the media. Logan’s superiors want results, and they want them now.
Someone out there is trying to make a point, and they’re making it in blood. If Logan can’t stop them, it won’t just be his career that dies.
I have missed a few of the books, this is book 12, I can't remember which one I last read but i has been a few, I will need to go back and catch up. Logan is day one back at the job after being off with a horrendous injury. He is with Professional standards but as he is monitoring one of the police he is in the midst of the action rather than a fence sitter. A gobby professor who is very action online and vocal on politics has gone missing, blood found in his kitchen, the investigation is on.
We flip between the police investigation, Logan dealing with being back on the job and his lasting effects from his injuries and the bad guy. Now let me say straight out the book is filled with a lot of political stuff from different angles, online stuff, the peoples views, zenophobia, hate and they all go hand in hand. I am not a huge fan of political stuff, I don't always get it, some of it is above my head and if I am honest I get bored with it very quickly. So for me it is surprising I got on so well with the book. I think because the political stuff comes from the angle of their beliefs and we hear the why behind some of it. Whilst they are clearly bams for the hate/violence done in the name of beliefs it gives you a bit of insight into that frame of mind, utter madness but MacBride helps paint a picture so you can peek behind the curtain most of us genuinely couldn't fathom.
As with his previous books I have read we get the inappropriate unpc humour, bad language, swearing and misbehavior from some of the characters we know and love from the series. I started reading MacBride years ago and fell away when I discovered new authors after reading this it was like putting on an fav blanket and catching up with old friends. Brutal violence, shocking beliefs, hate and anger mixed with swearing galore - if these guys had a swear box they would be minted, and dark humour. All the things in MacBride books that fans came to love from book one, 4/5 for me this time.
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