Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312382643, 528pp.
Publication Date: September 29, 2009
Blind Eye, the new Logan McRae thriller set in gritty Aberdeen, Scotland, from Stuart MacBride, the award-winning author of Cold Granite and Flesh House, finds the long-suffering detective sergeant on a brutal new case.
It’s summer in the Granite City, but even the sunshine can’t improve the mood at Grampian Police Headquarters. Aberdeen’s growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves mutilated victims to be discovered on building sites—eyes gouged out and the sockets burned. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is assigned to the investigation, code-named Operation Oedipus, but with the victims too scared to talk, it’s going nowhere fast. When the next victim turns out to be not a newly arrived Eastern European, but Simon McLeod, owner of the Turf ’n Track betting shop and long the uncontested ringleader of Aberdeen’s shadier element, Logan suddenly finds himself caught up in a brave new world of drug wars, prostitution rings, and gun-running courtesy of Aberdeen’s oldest and most vicious crime lord.
Stuart MacBride’s signature combination of hard-hitting suspense and dry humor has won him many fans, and Blind Eye is another stellar entry in this rising star’s multiple award-winning series.
Stuart MacBride’s novels have won the Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger in the Library and the Barry Award for Best First Novel and put him on the shortlist for the International Thriller Writers’ Award for Best First Novel and twice for Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. He lives in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Praise for Stuart MacBride
“Superbly unsettling . . . A crackling thriller.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review, one of PW’s best mysteries of the year) on Flesh House
“MacBride may have hit his stride in book one, but here he breaks into a run.”
—Booklist (starred review) on Flesh House
“What is there in the Scottish air that makes its new writers among the best in the business?”
—Chicago Tribune on Bloodshot
“MacBride fills his Aberdeen fun house with hearty, clever, and usually profane humor that lightens every chapter. . . . As Ian Rankin’s long-running crime series begins to sound like a leaky bagpipe, Scottish writers such as MacBride arise to take up the kilt-waving in earnest.”
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Bloodshot
“McRae is an interesting and subtle detective, and his investigation is both inventive and imaginative.”
—The Dallas Morning News on Cold Granite
“Grade: A . . . Tartan noir has a fresh new voice with an Aberdeen brogue in Stuart MacBride, whose first mystery, Cold Granite, bids well to keep up with Ian Rankin and Denise Mina.”
—Rocky Mountain News on Cold Granite