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All That’s Dead

All That’s Dead, September 2019
Logan McRae #12
by Stuart MacBride

Featuring: Detective Inspector King; Logan McRae
400 pages
ISBN: 0008328463
EAN: 9780008328467
Kindle: B07KL16XMW
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Scottish independence - is it worth dying for in Aberdeen?"

Fresh Fiction Review

All That’s Dead
Stuart MacBride

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted July 15, 2019

Thriller Police Procedural | Thriller Crime

Inspector Logan McRae stars in the twelfth book of this gritty police procedural series, set in the granite-walled police station of Aberdeen on the east coast of Scotland. This is a bleak, bitter, snowy city in winter; however, ALL THAT’S DEAD occurs during a swelteringly hot summer.

Professor Wilson lived in a small homesteading outside the city, with no neighbours, no company apart from an elderly Jack Russell terrier. Someone has broken in, and the professor has vanished, leaving behind an awful lot of blood and a meticulously wiped crime scene. One of his faculty colleagues discovers the distressing situation, and the police arrive to inspect a probable murder scene. Logan arrives for a different reason; after a year off recovering from injuries, he is assigned to the internal investigations team. Detective Inspector King, in charge of the crew, has something in his past which warrants the attention of Professional Standards; now that the local media have got hold of it, anyway.

This tale mixes the hilarious with the dreadful, the twitter account with Robert Burns poetry. A constitutional scholar with views on Scots independence, Professor Wilson attracted threats from extremists and politicians, from people who hate Brexit and hate anyone English. Tracking down anonymous tweets from someone who knows too much about his disappearance, requires a young computer whiz constable known as Tufty to meet the IT forensic investigations unit – a man in a cardigan – and he moves straight on to borrow some high-powered server time from a technical film making company. The female officers have a robust nature and don’t hesitate to make comments if the men get something wrong.

Just to let newcomers know, Logan McRae is an adult crime series all right; Hamish McBeth it’s not. While many strange local words appear, I suspect they’re not just for local colour but to avoid making the language any stronger than it needs to be. I read the book from start to finish in one go, and can safely say that ALL THAT’S DEAD is the most entertaining Sunday read I’ve had all year. And I can confirm that Logan is right; battered haddock and chips should be Scotland’s national dish, and they serve it best in Aberdeen.

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There’s a darkness in the heart of Scotland…

The stunning new Logan McRae thriller from No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller Stuart MacBride.

Scream all you want, no one can hear…

Inspector Logan McRae is 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.

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