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Birthdays for the Dead
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Stuart MacBride is the No.1 bestselling author of the DS Logan McRae series. His novels have won him the CWA Dagger in the Library, the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel, and Best Breakthrough Author at the ITV3 crime thriller awards. Stuart's other works include Halfhead, a near-future thriller, Sawbones, a novella aimed at adult emergent readers, and several short stories. He lives in the north-east of Scotland with his wife, Fiona, and cat, Grendel.

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Praise for Birthdays for the Dead:

'MacBride is a damned fine writer - no one does dark and gritty like him' Peter James

'The master of murderous mayhem is back to his best with a belter of a book ... a page-turner' The Sun

Praise for Stuart MacBride:

'Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order' Mark Billingham

'Ferocious and funny, this is Tartan Noir at its best' Val McDermid

'Stuart MacBride's thrillers just keep getting better' Express

A cop's horrifying personal connection with a serial killer puts a chilling spin on MacBride's solid stand-alone. Det. Constable Ash Henderson, of Oldcastle, Scotland, is on the police team investigating "the Birthday Boy," who for the last 12 years has abducted 12-year-old girls. Each year on their birthdays, the psychopath sends their parents Polaroids of them being tortured to death. Ash's daughter, Rebecca, was taken five years before, but to stay on the case he has hidden this fact, a secret that drives him into gambling debts with the local mob and away from his ex-wife, Michelle, and his other daughter, Katie, who both blame Rebecca for running away. Teamed with quirky forensic psychologist Alice McDonald, Ash is shaken after some of the bodies are found, just as another girl disappears. MacBride delves into revenge and grief while adding a strong emotional wallop and avoiding the cliches of the serial killer genre. Agent: Philip Patterson, Marjacq Scripts. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

For the past 12 years girls have been disappearing on the eves of their 13th birthdays. Most are considered runaways until a year later when their parents receive a homemade birthday card featuring a photo of their daughters being tortured. A card arrives each year thereafter, showing progressively worse torture until a final picture shows a dead girl. When the victims' bodies are found in a park in Oldcastle, psychologist Alice Macdonald is brought in to create a profile of the killer. DC Ash Henderson is assigned to work with her, but he withholds key information from her despite his desperation to find the killer for very personal reasons of his own. -VERDICT Scottish crime novelist MacBride's (Cold Granite; Flesh House) latest thriller is pure MacBride: well written, entertaining, dark, and violent. It's sure to appeal to fans of gritty Scottish thrillers by Denise Mina and Ian Rankin.-Lisa O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnepeg (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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