Stuart MacBride

The Missing and the Dead

"...a fantastic read."


When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a 'development opportunity' out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing – catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal.

Then a little girl's body washes up just outside the sleepy town of Banff, kicking off a massive manhunt. The Major Investigation Team is up from Aberdeen, wanting answers, and they don't care who they trample over to get them.

Logan's got enough on his plate keeping B Division together, but DCI Steel wants him back on her team. As his old colleagues stomp around the countryside, burning bridges, Logan gets dragged deeper and deeper into the investigation.

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Regular readers of will be familiar with my enthusiasm for MacBride's Logan McRae series. However with favoured authors and characters, I find myself being more critical as my expectation levels are raised. Thankfully 'The Missing and the Dead' didn't just meet my expectations it exceeded them. Logan McRae is dealing with his “development opportunity” with a stoic resolution although he can't help himself from getting involved in cases which aren't his to deal with. MacBride is as unkind as ever to him, and when DCI Roberta Steel shows up things go from bad to worse. The plotting is sublime but for me the highlight of the book is the interaction between McRae and Steel. To all intents and purposes their behaviour is that of an unhappily married couple. They may be co-dependent but there is a constant squabbling between the two as each vies for supremacy. With this novel, the author has raised a bar already set at the highest level. 'The Missing and the Dead' is a fantastic read.

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