The Blood Road

The Blood Road

Book - 2018
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Logan McRae's personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he's policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver's seat of a crashed car, it's a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago and they buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell's stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what's so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead?
Publisher: London :, HarperCollins Publishers,, 2018.
ISBN: 9780008208219
Characteristics: 488 pages ; 24 cm.

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emerge
May 03, 2019

When I skimmed the blurb for this book there came a point where I stopped, gave my head a shake & thought: I really should read more carefully because I’d swear it just said Logan MacRae was working for Professional Standards….*reads again*….Good lord, it’s true.

Oooookay. So he’s policing the police. He really shouldn’t be involved in criminal investigations but things get a little complicated when Duncan Bell, a former cop, is found stabbed to death. Sad yes, but also a tad excessive seeing as they attended his funeral 2 years ago.

Things get even murkier when they find a connection between Bell & an ongoing investigation into missing kids. Wee ones are being snatched & Logan has no choice but to wade in, dragging newbie DS Simon Rennie along for the ride.

Alternate chapters are narrated by an unknown character who initially seem benign enough. But as chapters progress we slowly begin to realize what’s happening. And it’s not pretty.

Steel is back, grumpier than ever due to the fact that Logan now outranks her. She has a smaller role here which is great because the story really shines when it focuses on Logan’s attempts to make sense of cryptic clues & an ever growing pile of bodies.

Logan & Rennie have great comedic chemistry & the story is fast paced with plenty of twists. As usual, it’s just a matter of time ’til the wheels fall off & it all goes horribly wrong but there is a decidedly more serious tone to the story. And just a heads-up: due to the subject matter, there are several scenes that are very disturbing. I don’t want to give anything away but I found them difficult to read.

This is book #11 & the addition of some new characters plus Logan’s change of job helps keep things fresh. It’s one of those series where if you like one, you’ll enjoy them all & diehard fans will whip through this in no time.

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sloanelCPL
Mar 12, 2019

I really enjoy Stuart MacBride's series, and this latest one was no disappointment. As with the best of novels, I found myself reading faster and faster as I approached the end of the novel. I like the story arc of having the power dynamic between McRae and Steel reversed -- or at least upset. Logan is such a good hero!

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stewstealth
Oct 11, 2018

Latest Installment of the Logan MacRae series. An enticing case that proceeds on multiple tracks with the usual tough slog for Logan. Sarcastic but not as funny or Gothic as the earlier novels but the series is still enjoyable. Good narrative and characterization. Worth reading if you are interested in the genre.

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rgally
Oct 04, 2018

McRae is a Professional Standards officer! Still brilliant and sarcastic as ever but thankfully less whingy. Steel is up to her old tricks but in a more limited role in this 11th in the Logan McRae series.

Start at the beginning of the series with #1. You won't regret it.

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Shellkos
Sep 26, 2018

good story, but you really need to have read previous books to follow relationships of characters

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