BROKEN SKIN (Police Proc-DS Logan McRae-Scotland-Cont) – Good+
MacBride, Stuart – 4th in series
Harper Collings, 2007, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780007193172

First Sentence: Up ahead the woman stops.

DS Logan McRae is faced with trying to identify a man whose naked, bloody body was dumped outside the hospital emergency door. When a fellow officer identifies the victim, it leads McRae into the world of bondage sex and pornography. McRae’s girlfriend, PC Jackie Watson, has caught a violent rapist. Unfortunately, he turns out to be a superstar footballer with an alibi.

In a strange way, this reminded me of McBain’s 87th Precinct books but with much less likable characters. McRae tends to jump to the wrong conclusions just come out fine in the end. Jackie is focused on justice, even at the cost of bending the law. The two commanders, Steele and Insch, are believable bosses from hell. Somehow, it all came together into a book that held my interest straight though and was a really good read.

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