This author was recomended by a friend. Another book title was mentioned, but whenever possible I always like to start at the beginning. Cold Granite was the first of the DS Logan McRae series, so I started there.
I wasn't sure at first, about chronology I mean, because this book finds McRae returning to work with the Aberdeen police having been off sick for twelve months after a stabbing incident. I thought maybe I'd missed a 'prequel' but it seems not.
Anyway, Macrae, who as our chief protagonist is central throughout, walks straight back into a shocking series of child murders and abductions, starting with the discovery of the body of a four year old boy. And you guessed it, it's not long before the serial killer scenario is aired yet again, but this time in the vicinity of the cold and wet 'granite city' of Aberdeen... hence the first title I'm sure.
I will give nothing away here. The plot is tight and Macrae does battle with a series of characters including an awkward DI 'boss', his ex, a journalist and a pathologist... ie all the usual suspects for a police procedural.
Those who know me will also know that I crave original and innovative work in the crime fiction arena, and it's not always easy to find. I can't say this hits the spot on that front, not least because it has all the usual characters, a well worn story investigation etc etc... having said that, what it does have on the positive front is an excellent protagonist with some real depth to his profile.
McRae kept my interest throughout, and that coupled with the overall writing allowed me to give it a four star. I don't give many as I'm sure some of you know! An impressive start to a series then. I thoroughly enjoyed it and tried not to let my own bugbear about serial killer stories affect my judgement. I went on to read the second novel in the series