Today’s Free Fridays selection is Stuart MacBride’s brooding serial killer mystery, Cold Granite.
The Scotland that MacBride creates is a perfectly cold and damp backdrop for the first book in his bestselling series. The forbidding elements set the stage for a string of child murders, and a town that demands justice at any cost.
The man who bears the burden of tracking the relentless serial killer is Detective Logan McRae, recently back from a year of convalescence after he was brutally attacked on the job. Returning to a trial-by-fire, McRae must focus on the task at hand, reassure the understandably-irate public, and plug a press leak on his own force. A formidable task for anyone even at the top of their game, and an even harder challenge for the still-rusty detective.
This series debut is the start of a long string of critically-acclaimed detective novels by a deftly-assured writer.
Free Fridays Recommends
Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Stuart recommends:
Moonlight Downs is one of those rare books that really takes you somewhere new - in this case the Australian outback as seen through the eyes of Emily Tempest, a young aboriginal woman, as she tries to return to her mob's traditional home of Moonlight Downs. This is a book that has it all: Murder, intrigue and some truly stunning dialogue.
It won the 2007 Ned Kelly Award for best first novel and it thoroughly deserved it too. Excellent book.
I liked it so much I tracked the author down and subjected him to what was probably one of the most unprofessional interviews you're ever likely to come across). Then tracked him down in real life when I was over there on a book tour a couple of years ago. And you’ll be happy to know that he’s every bit as lovely a person as you’d hope from his writing.
Read Moonlight Downs. Read it now. Go on: click on the link and treat yourself to a damn fine book.
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