Logan edged closer to the man standing at the far edge of the roof. ‘You. . .’ he cleared his throat but it didn’t shift the taste. ‘You don’t have to do this.’
The man didn’t look around. One hand gripped the railing beside him, the skin stained dark red. Blood. It spread up his sleeve – turning the grey suit jacket almost black.
His other hand was just as bad. The sticky scarlet fingers were curled around a carving knife, the blade glinting against the pale grey sky. Black handle, eight inch blade, the handle streaked with more red.
Because what was the point of slitting your wrists in the privacy of your own home when you could do it on top of a dirty big building in the east end of Aberdeen instead? With a nice big audience to watch you jump.
And it was a long way down.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: A short novel from the number one best selling author of CLOSE TO THE BONE and A SONG FOR THE DYING, featuring his most popular characters, Acting DI Logan McRae and DCI Robert Steel.
CID isn’t what it used to be.
It’s been a bad week for Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae. Every time his unit turns up anything interesting, DCI Steel’s Major Investigation Team waltzes in and takes over, leaving CID with all the dull and horrible jobs.
Like dealing with Mrs Black – who hates her neighbour, the police, and everyone else. Or identifying the homeless man who drank himself to death behind some bins. Or tracking down the wife and kids of someone who has just committed suicide.
But when the dead bodies start turning up, one thing’s certain – Logan’s week is about to get a whole lot worse.
MY THOUGHTS: I love Stuart MacBride’s books, but wasn’t sure how a novella by this author featuring the mismatched duo of McRae and Steel would fare. Shouldn’t have given it a second thought. 22 Dead Little Bodies is written with the same humour and attention to detail as his full length novels. It may only be short, but it still packs a punch!
MacBride’s writing leaves nothing to the imagination. His characters are gritty and realistic. And yet he is always able to inject a little wry or dark humour into a bleak situation. There is a depth to his writing that draws the reader in, and keeps the pages turning late into the night.
This is a great little addition to the Logan and McRae series. If you haven’t yet read anything from this series, it pays to start from the beginning as this is not a series that will work well when read out of order. If you are already a reader of this series, you will find this a tasty little snack between meals.
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