The Missing and the Dead

The Missing and the Dead

Book - 2015
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While working in rural Aberdeenshire, Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae leads a manhunt to find a murderer after the body of a little girl washes ashore.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
ISBN: 9780007494606
0007494602
Branch Call Number: MF MACBRIDE, STUART
Characteristics: viii, 581 pages ; 25 cm

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Gentowl
Aug 07, 2017

The Missing and The Dead is a disappointing episode in the Logan MacRae series. It is still written in a thorough, humorous way, with the violence we've come to expect. Logan continues to be, to me, a hero who tries to do the right thing by the victims of crime and by his superiors and those who report to him. The book also continues the narrative structure that treats "mysteries" as part of the every day life of a Detective Sergeant.

What is disappointing about this book are the contrivances MacBride has made to create his plot:
1. Logan is blamed for his testimony in a court case that results in throwing out the evidence on a vicious killer, resulting in his release. This sets the stage for the entire book but it's totally unbelievable as the Procurator Fiscal would have coached Logan for the trial, and if his actions were not acceptable, there would not have been a trial in the first place.
2. MacBride has Logan make the completely incredible decision to let a victim's potential mother (identity of the victim is not known yet) live with him! This is not the sensible Logan we know. MacBride is trying to say that Logan has a thing for vulnerable women but that doesn't jibe with the 8 previous books in the series.
3. The DCI Steel character is out of hand. Just when you think MacBride will make her more real, she becomes more of a caricature.

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stewstealth
Jul 17, 2015

Loved the shifting of gears with a new setting for Logan. The series was getting a little too formulaic. As always, a gritty and amusing story where Logan is bumping heads against the bureaucracy in his attempts to end crime. Always wonderful to read, if you have the right sense of humour for the novel.

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dubonnet
Jul 04, 2015

I'm a big fan of Stuart MacBride and the Logan McRae series. Logan is in a completely different setting this time around and there's lots going on. The new characters were ok, but not as interesting as the old standbys like Rennie et al. Luckily Steel turns up enough to keep things interesting.
I felt the story dragged. Logan always seems to be in trouble no matter what he does. Time for a promotion!
MacBride's constant interspersing of background conversations from the TV, phones etc in between the dialogue got a bit tiring.
The ending was unexpected, but kind of weird. My least favourite book of the series. I want to see Logan and Steel back together with the old gang!
I hope his next book is written more along the lines of the short story "The 45% Hangover" which is amusing and well written.

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booksbooks1
Jun 24, 2015

Marvelous novel! MacBride gets better and better.

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emerge
Mar 13, 2015

Poor Logan...it never rains but it pours. And he's in the middle of a deluge that would have others thinking of building an ark.
Stuck in the boonies, he's leading a team that has to deal with everything from a pedophile ring to runaway cows. Good thing Steel shows up to head one of the MIT's. Well, good for us. Their relationship is as prickly as ever & we get to sit back, follow their investigations & laugh at the most inappropriate moments.
It's a big book full of great plot lines, a wide range of characters & smart, cracking dialogue. If you're a fan of black humour, give this series a try. This instalment is one of the best of the bunch.

Marilyn Mar 03, 2015

Have read all Stuart MacBride's books and all are fantastic. His descriptions are so real you can feel them and smell them. This was greatly anticipated and not disappointed. Great read

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Tim M. McCurry
Feb 27, 2015

Have read the entire series and each book gets better and better. Often when you are well into a series you get a stinker or one last gasp to keep the franchise alive.
This is non of these.
This is a well written book, lots of action, characters continue to grow and it feels like your listening in as the case unfolds.
Throughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend.

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jazpur
Feb 06, 2015

Black and brilliant. Stuart MacBride's Logan McRae and policing in Scotland ticks all the boxes. His characters are so well drawn not to mention the scenery and the smells.A gripping read.It would make ideal TV viewing.

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smith69gers
Jan 09, 2015

Looking forward to this. Very interseted in how my home town is described. Love all his books.

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