Book Review: Stuart Macbride The Missing and The Dead (Logan McRae #9)




Rating
3 out of 5 stars 
Country
United Kingdom 
Writers
Stuart Macbride
Publisher

Sub Genre
Police Procedural 
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Plot Summary
The Missing and The Dead is the ninth novel in the Logan McRae series by author Stuart Macbride.  Acting DI Logan McRae is sent to the rural wilds of Aberdeenshire as a 'development opportunity' despite having caught a child killer.  He is now involved in Divisional Policing but when a child's body washes up in the town of Banff McRae can't help but be involved 

 #8 Close To The Bone



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My Review
For anyone who watched the excellent BBC series Happy Valley last year will sense something very familiar at this book.  Now a Sergeant Logan Macrae is responsible for keeping law and order his patch of Aberdeenshire an area which seems to have a varied and high crime rate,

At the beginning story lines come thick and fast with many different with many different crimes happening and Logan has to keep on top of it all. It takes a while before you actually know what crime forms the main crux of the book and even then it doesn't always form the main story.

He is a copper who it seems can't do any right and is always in trouble with his superiors and this does, after a fashion, become a bit tiring as it happens quite a lot and for many different reasons.  It almost seems as if it was a case of 'rinse and repeat'.

But what this novel does capture is the divisions between the two different styles of policing.  There is Logan's more direct approach in which he must deal with all manner of vile and violent criminals and the more modern approach of policing in the new Police Scotland of Murder Investigation Teams and cross border policing.  It doesn't take much to see which side the author supports and it certainly grates Logan.

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In The Series

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Bloodshot/Broken Skin 
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 Flesh House
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 #5
 Blind Eye

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 #6
Dark Blood

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 #7
Shatter The Bones

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#8
Close To The Bone

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#9
The Missing And The Dead
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