• Dying Light

  • Logan McRae, Book 2
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (368 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The number one best-selling detective series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride continues in this second crime thriller.

It's summertime in Scotland: the sun is shining, the sky is blue and people are dying....

It's summertime in the Granite City: the sun is shining, the sky is blue and people are dying....

It starts with Rosie Williams, a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks - the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS Logan McRae, it's a bad start to another bad day.

Rosie won't be the only one making an unscheduled trip to the morgue. Across the city six people are burning to death in a petrol-soaked squat, the doors and windows screwed shut from the outside.

And despite Logan's best efforts, it's not long before another prostitute turns up on the slab....

©2017 Stuart MacBride (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

" Dying Light is a wonderfully gripping and grim second outing for Logan McRae.... Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order." (Mark Billingham)

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Loved it!!

This was one of my favorite books of the year. The dialogue is great and the gallows humor priceless.

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Very Disappointing

I try to avoid being negative, but am very disappointed with the 2nd Logan McRea novel. My problem comes from the language which seems to be one long run of curses and constant use of the "F" word. There may be people somewhere who talk like this, but I have never met any of them. It just distracts from the story when every sentence of dialogue is loaded with foul language.
Sadly I think I am finished with Logan McRae. There are too many other novels to choose from.

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I Tried

Logan is the shining star of the police force. Violence, violence, violence. Logan screws up. Someone/everyone is mad at Logan or each other. Violence, violence, violence. Logan is about to get sacked. Logan feels bad. Insert Keystone Kop behavior. Logan saves the day.
IMO if the story/characters lack depth by the end of the 2nd book it’s time to move on.

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Steel always steals the show

Would you listen to Dying Light again? Why?

Yes. I love the Stuart MacBride series. The books are fast paced and the characters excellently developed. I am still plowing through the series, but if I went back and reread I'd probably find things I missed the first time. Plus, although the main character is great, I'd read them all over again just for DI Steel

What other book might you compare Dying Light to and why?

This series is pretty stand out for me. I've not read such a gritty and humorous crime series like this before where I could compare it to anything else.

Any additional comments?

I see on Goodreads that people knock DI Steel, but I find her the best character. She's horrendously brazen and obtuse. She's the funniest interruption in the series and underneath all her scratching, threats and bullying her heart comes through like a beacon. I normally read though a book or a series and the characters are just that, but Steel is probably my favorite character of any books that I have read - and I AM ALWAYS listening to books. To Mr. MacBride - please don't ever kill her off as she brings a fantastic element to your series.

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I don’t understand the complaints of graphic content.

That’s like buying a wood stove, opening it, and then being upset that it’s too hot. You know what to expect (or at least what ballpark it’s in) with the genre. So stick to your Murder She Wrote or Perry Mason.

That said, Stuart MacBride does it again. Not as good as the debut but still very enjoyable. I will def continue the Logan McRae series.

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Not for me

I thought the protagonist was immature and insecure, always blaming himself and apologizing. And groaning--seriously! More colorful and varied expressions of frustration would have been appreciated, but no, bloody this and bloody that. His boss in this episode was so disgusting and ever present that i could almost smell her chain smoked cigarettes. I dont do torture (violence porn), so had to do some fast forwarding.

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Happy to have found a new series to listen to

What did you love best about Dying Light?

Logan McRae is a talented, well intentioned policeman who seems to manage to not quite stuff things up.

What about Steve Worsley’s performance did you like?

Easy-to-listen-to scottish accent. Good with voices.

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A good addition to the series

I would recommend reading the 1st book before going into this 2nd book. The author has some reoccurring characters, And each of them have some growth and he paints some ever increasing depth to all of them. Make no mistake it's an adult book with RR rated or greater violence in storyline. Some people have a problem with it. I think the city of Aberdeen is also a character a dark character in the novel. The plot takes some time to develop and has twists and turns that make it interesting. The performance was done by the same Audio performer who did the 1st one and did a really nice job. I look forward to the 3rd book and listening to another stellar performance.

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very graphic

Follows along well with DS Macrae's antics but this one got far too graphic for me.

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Disturbing descriptions of very gritty story

I did finish this Book but found I needed to fast forward through almost all of the disgusting descriptions of body decay and nasty ally ways filled with dead rats and used condoms. Not to mention the descriptions of some of the character"s physical attributes. Would I read it again NO. But I did want to see how it ended to see if I knew who most of the villains were and I did.
So good story but way to gritty for me to just enjoy. Not for the sensitive stomach turning type of reader which I seem to be.
It does not give a kind look at Scotland's police or the city of Aberdeen. So be warned read at your own risk.

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  • JillyB
  • 09-24-17

Really good second novel

Sometimes with series of books I find the first one excellent so really look forward to reading the next one and it ends up being a bit of a disappointment, but not this one, certainly not!! Some more than gory bits if you don’t like that sort of thing, and a couple of times I could’ve slapped one or two of the protagonists because their behaviour seems way out of line, but as a whole I liked most of the police officers and some really nice hissy villains. And some quite funny bits.

A darn good “read” and looking forward to number 3!!

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  • Freddietheone
  • 07-09-17

Once you start you cannot stop

Logan McRae is so human, clever and flawed in equal measure. This is not an easy listen in places but has a good conclusion and I look forward to the next audio offering.

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  • P Farley
  • 08-03-17

love these books

loved it , very funny in some parts , but mostly very gory especially when he's made to eat his own fingers . the reader is excellent

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  • David Mulligan
  • 08-08-17

Gruesome, chilling and thrilling

Superb thriller. And wonderfully balanced with dark cynical humour. Tension throughout to the last page.

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  • Hayley
  • 07-29-17

Excellent story, superb narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Superb narration makes this a title that is actually better in the Audible format than in print.

What did you like best about this story?

Several threads to the story.

Which character – as performed by Steve Worsley – was your favourite?

Logan McRae - excellent characterisation.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

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  • Philip Eddington
  • 09-23-17

Great writing

It's pretty gory in places so just be warned. There is a lot of death in this one

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  • S. K. Doughty
  • 09-07-18

So Scottish Noir. So well crafted.

There have been a slew of Scottish Crime novels in recent years, some great and some completely fail to approach the benchmark set by Rankin.

This has everything. Good cops, bad cops intelligence, three dimensional characters and you're still guessing right to the last. A dry line in black humour relieves what would be unbearable anguish. Although the central character, Logan Macrae is at the heart of the story, the whole team have their parts to play and all too human and acceptable failings. Move over Scandi noir for this stand out achievement.

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  • JPH
  • 12-24-17

A good second book roll on book 3!

I'm enjoying this series of Logan McRae books. As with the first book it can be a little gruesome in places, but there are some light moments too.

Logan McRae is a likeable character but has a lot to put up with as he's constantly pulled between two senior officers, trying to solve several different cases including a serial killer who's beating and murdering prostitutes. An arsonist indiscriminately (or so it seems) setting fires, screwing doors shut, and killing the innocent families inside. There's also drug dealing and missing persons to solve.

Despite the incompetence and abrasive attitude of Detective Inspector Steel Logan eventually gets there in the end.

Steven Worsley's narration is very good and gives each character substance.

Stuart Macbride is certainly a good crime thriller writer and I'm ready for book 3.

Recommended.


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  • Flint
  • 08-23-17

A talented writer

The this book is grim in parts but I didn't find it off putting. The plot is interesting, the main character is likeable and believable and the book is well paced. The narrator is very good and I will certainly listen to more books in this series.

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  • MLG
  • 08-14-17

Another Gripping Logan Lazarus McCrea book.

I'm an addicted fan of Stuart McBrides police novels. They're compulsive listening. I get lost in his characters and the plots he guides us through.

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  • Debra
  • 08-26-18

Twists and turns throughout

If you like blood and guts, don't mind profanities and enjoy a crime thriller this is a book for you. This is the second Logan Mc Crea story I have listened to and I will definitely be buying another.

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  • Kathy Burns
  • 02-24-18

Brilliant book

Great story with memorable and personable characters who have a lively nature..... It's well written too!

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  • shirley cunningham
  • 02-21-18

Great read

loved it I was right there with the characters. well written characters and story telling

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  • Jeff White
  • 10-04-17

Awesome story

the best do far in the series. excellent story and brilliantly read. thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-21

Great, but...

I've always enjoyed these books. If there is one place these books have put me off visiting, it's the cities of Scotland. The description of the coldness, the wet, the grayness and granite of these places sets such a brilliant environment for the storie and the characters. This was a great story with so many threads however I thought it ended too abruptly, almost as if our author just wanted to tie it all up and submit...

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  • Margaret Munn
  • 05-11-21

Grew some

Horrifying though riveting; not for the faint hearted or if you do not like a bloody tail, or in this case a bloody finger or two.

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  • Blossominoz
  • 01-06-21

A fast paced detective story

Stuart McBride writes vividly. The small details he plants in his writing make a scene come to life. Small, insignificant things that people do in real life. The story is gripping and races along. The narrator is excellent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-27-19

worth a listen

another enjoyable book by this author. the narration enjoyable. good story line plenty to keep you interested

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  • Kim shields
  • 06-26-19

Loved it

Better than the first book. Ready for book 3 already! Downloaded and ready to play. Love the characters, the humor and the fast pace of these books. Certainly a fan!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-30-18

sensational! just gets better and better!!

i absolutely love Stuart McBrides writing.. i loved the books and love the audibles just as much! did i mention how much i love his work..

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