A Dark So Deadly

A Dark So Deadly

Book - 2017
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"DC Callum MacGregor's career was going pretty well until he covered up for a cock-up to protect his pregnant crime-scene tech girlfriend. Now Callum's stuck on a squad with all the other misfits - the officers no one else wants but who can't be fired. Never likely to get within reach of a decent case again. Until they accidentally get handed the biggest murder investigation Oldcastle has ever seen. When a mummified body is found in the local rubbish dump, the top-brass assume pranksters have stolen it from a museum. But as Callum and his colleagues investigate, it starts to look less like student high-jinks and more like the work of a terrifying serial killer."--
Publisher: London :, HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780007494682
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MAC
Characteristics: 596 pages : color map ; 24 cm

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stewstealth
Aug 14, 2017

The author brings out a new protagonist in his latest novel. However few authors abuse their protagonists as badly as Mr. MacBride. The author gives DC MacGregor the equivalent of opening a full closet and everything lands on his head, with the bowling ball falling just as he thought it was over.Well developed characterization, good pace and the trademark creepy and hilarious narrative. Not quite as sarcastic as some of the earlier McCrae novels but still entertaining. Well worth it if you can stomach some of the well described mayhem.

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wildhorse9
Jul 16, 2017

Stuart MacBride is a freaking genius! Five hundred and ninety-six pages and you couldn't pop a single word out with a crowbar, it's that tightly written. When I started the book I thought he was doing another iteration of his Logan MacRae series, but I got disabused of that fast enough. Crazy but realistic characters, plot twist after plot twist, and that bizarre humor (like so many Brits and Irish). He's absolutely mad! I love it!

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maucarden
Jul 14, 2017

Well dyamm. I did a quick check on the other reviews to make sure I wasn't writing similar reviews. I am so screwed. But I promise I was dictating while I was reading on my handy dandy little phone. So it's just tempting to quote from them. Yeah, that's the ticket.
"You think you’re having a bad day? DC Callum McGregor is having a bad life. " Sandy, GR reviewer.
A very bad, very sad life.
"This is a standalone darkly comic novel from the prolific author Stuart MacBride ...." Paromjit, GR reviewer.
I know, hard to believe those two review lines can be talking about the same book, but MacBride manages it with great skill.
After being transferred to a crew of other misfits because he covered for his pregnant girlfriend who screwed up a crime scene, McGregor hopes his life will start to improve. Not so fast there, buster. There is terrible verbal abuse by co-workers who think he took a bribe to mess up the crime scene. Professional Standards is still investigating him for the same reason and everyone he tries to arrest wants a chunk of him.
But a little ray of sunshine does appear, in the form of several mummified bodies. Yep, the work of a serial killer certainly is a day brightener for The Misfits, especially when due to circumstances beyond the control of their superiors; they get to keep the case.
McGregor soldiers on, despite seeing his future devastated and several horrors from his past confronted. Not to mention still losing body parts to biters.
This is such a five star novel. Oddly enough, we are able to find humor in Callum’s life and circumstances. Much of it is supplied by others in the Misfit Mob; the DI who is known as Mother to those who earn the right to call her such, the especially abusive Andy who is dying of cancer and fancies himself an author, the ever fighting Dot and Watt, Dot missing most of a leg and Watt who is hated just about by everyone. Then Rosalind Franklin, a beautiful black woman with a large, but earned chip on her shoulder is transferred in as McGregor’s new partner. His biggest job evidently is to keep her from punching out co-workers.
Oldcastle is presented as a town where I really wouldn't want to spend any time and Police Scotland as an agency it would be best to avoid.
MacBride manages the many characters and the many story lines with adroitness.
We share the thoughts and motivations of the killer but never the identification. There is a deadly race on to find the last victim of the killer who still might be alive. It all makes sense at the end, albeit a sick sense.
MacBride does not spare us anything; there is true darkness and despair page after page. That we can smile at a book that features murder, child abuse, spousal abuse, adultery, abandonment and sexual predators sneakily speaks more to our optimism than to our darkness. Not a bad lesson from MacBride and one we should heed.
Thank you to Net Galley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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jazpur
Jun 30, 2017

Stuart MacBride has a remarkably agile mind. It really could get worse - well beyond the wildest imagining. Not for the squeamish. Witty and ghoulish at the same time .This could be the start of another series.

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dubonnet
Jun 16, 2017

I don't know of any other author who can be both hilarious and creepy at the same time as can Stewart MacBride.
New characters...but a faint echo of Logan and Steele.
Ran a bit long, and had quite a few suspect. Still, held my attention....another possible series?
Ending a bit weird...not what I expected. A few minor loose ends...perhaps to be addressed if this becomes a series.

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emerge
Apr 22, 2017

Start of a new series? Police procedural about a unit made up of cops who have screwed up royally in previous jobs who end up hunting a serial killer. Lots of MacBride's trademark humour combined with a twisty plot & an uber creepy bad guy. If you're a fan of his previous stuff, you should enjoy this as well.

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