DYING LIGHT (Police Proc-Scotland-Cont) – G
MacBride, Stuart – 2nd in series
HarperCollins, 2006- Hardcover
Detective Sargeant Logan McRae had been a golden boy, hero. Now, he is assigned to the “screw-up squad” reporting to Inspector Steele, known as “the Jinx,” after a raid leaves a fellow officer in a vegetative coma. The team is looking for a killer; someone who is stripping and beating prostitutes to death. They are also looking for an arsonist who screws shut the doors and windows from the outside before burning down buildings—with the people inside.
I rated MacBride's first book as Very Good, but didn't feel this was quite up to the same level. There seemed to be a strong assumption that readers would have read the first book and, therefore, knew the characters and their history, so individual character development in this book was very thin. I did feel the characters where realistic although not particularly likable. But MacBride's writing is very strong. It is graphically brutal balanced with the type of humor I, again, felt realistic to the characters and situations. I do like MacBride's use dialogue and ability to create sense of place. I shall definitely give MacBride another try.