Friday, 21 June 2013
Broken Skin - Stuart MacBride
The third in the superb Logan McRae series, and to my mind the best I have so far read. Broken Skin features multiple crimes (burglaries, rapes, a fisting-to-death on Aberdeen's BDSM scene, and the world's worst brat-from-Hell, porn and paedophilia) mixes in Logan's complicated love-life, DI Steel and her cigs, DI Insch, his sweeties and boiling blood pressure, The Mikado and the legendary Ma Stewart. The best line, which in its way epitomises the tone, goes to DI Steel: "I'd rather you didn't wank off my constables with a bread knife." Quite.
Violent, funny, serious on subjects which warrant seriousness, and effortlessly flowing - near as dammit 600 pages, which just fly by. The pupil of Rankin and McDermid, MacBride is surely the best of his Tartan Noir generation.