Now We Are Dead

Now We Are Dead

by Stuart MacBride


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She can’t prove he did it. But she might die trying…

From the Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series, comes a standalone spinoff featuring DS Roberta Steel.

Revenge is a dangerous thing…

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace – that’s why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he’s back on the streets and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good.

The Powers That Be won’t listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she’s got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy. Perhaps she could try solving a few instead of harassing an innocent man?

Steel knows Wallace is guilty. And the longer he gets away with it, the more women will suffer. The question is: how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008257101
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 335,036
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stuart MacBride is the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels. He’s also published standalones, novellas and short stories as well as a children’s picture book. In 2017 he won Celebrity Mastermind (which surprised him more than anyone) – his specialist subject was the life and major works of A.A. Milne.

Stuart lives in the northeast of Scotland with his wife Fiona, cats Grendel, Gherkin, Onion, and Beetroot, some hens, horses, and a vast collection of assorted weeds.

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Now We Are Dead 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy like ds steel! Would like to read more full lenght books!
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RowingRabbit More than 1 year ago
Oh man…this is a tough one. First let me say I’m a huge fan of this author. HUGE. When I see a new book of his on the horizon, I break out the happy dance. And immediately begin plotting how to make it mine. I’ve read all the Logan McRae & Ash Henderson books & although this one is tagged as belonging to the former, it heads off in a new direction starring DS Roberta Steel, Logan’s sometime partner & author of his nightmares. She was his boss, then peer but after events of the last book, she’s been busted down to DS & tasked with chasing down pickpockets & wandering pensioners. So it comes as no surprise that Roberta is not happy. And if Roberta’s not happy, no one in Aberdeen is safe. Except Jack Wallace. He’s the reason she was demoted & ok, maybe she did “find” some evidence in an effort to put him away for the rape/assault of local women. But now he’s free & proclaiming to anyone who’ll listen that he plans to sue Police Scotland. So Roberta is duly warned: do not approach, speak to or even look at Jack Wallace. Apparently she’s supposed to let him live his scumbag, dickhead, perverted, weaselly life unhindered. Fine. There are other men to use for target practice such as Logan (who she’s not speaking to) & DC “Tufty” Quirrel, her shiny new partner. But then a woman is violently assaulted…..and another. Roberta knows Wallace is responsible but she’s on a short leash where he’s concerned & another screw-up won’t mean further demotion. She’ll lose her career. So here’s the deal. Like other books this one has the multiple cases & eccentric characters that make the stories so entertaining. Full points for providing a bad guy we desperately want to see get what he karmically deserves. And bonus points for the farmers’ demonstration. What I discovered was that, while I’ve enjoyed Roberta in a supporting role, she’s a bit much for me as the MC. She’s an original, you have to give her that. But shadowing her raunchy, potty mouthed, perpetually itchy character 24/7 soon lost its appeal. For me, she’s like cilantro…a little goes a long way. Also, while there are multiple story lines that unfold & wrap up, the emphasis is on putting Roberta & Tufty in situations that become slapstick routines. Bumping heads, tripping, falling, knocking things over, being sprayed with multiple substances…some of it is genuinely funny but the sheer number of incidents causes the book to quickly devolve into the Roberta & Tufty Show. Which is ok if you’re a fan of bathroom humour & the Three Stooges. It all depends on where you keep your funny bone. Having said all that, I give full props to her & wife Susan for the final scenes. High five, girl. (em…note to any male readers: you may want to down a few beverages before you hit this part. Just sayin’.) So there you have it. Just one person’s opinion & as always, it’s a matter of personal preference. I’ll continue to wait impatiently for the next book featuring Logan or Ash. As for Roberta, I think it’s best we maintain our relationship as casual acquaintances.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
The fans of Stuart MacBride's Logan McRae series will certainly recognize DS Roberta Steel is this standalone spinoff. DS Roberta Steel ... .she's a rather unique character. She's rude to the point of being obnoxious to everyone. She's definitely no lady by any stretch of the imagination. But she fights hard for victims of crime... and she's willing to cross that line to get it. DS Steel was recently demoted from DCI. Actually, she's lucky she didn't lose her job altogether. Jack Wallace was suspected of attacking multiple women. Steel knew he was guilty, but she couldn't prove it. Crossing that line, she framed the man .. but she got caught doing it. Hence the demotion. Wallace is back on the streets and more women are being targeted. Coincidence ... or is he really an innocent man? Is Steel obsessed with taking this man down? Steel wants to go after him, but her supervisor won't hear of it. Will she cross that line again? If she does, she may lose more than just her job. This is more of a character driven novel, rather than a crime thriller. Steel is such a crude person, what she sees as humor comes across as just offensive and coarse. The story line is okay ... just not up to par with this author's previous series. Many thanks to the author / Harper Collins / Edelweiss for the advance digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.