Scratch the surface and someone gets hurt...
There's a rapist stalking the cold granite streets, leaving behind him a string of battered, tortured women. But that's not DS Logan McRae's case: on top of everything else he has to deal with, Logan's been lumbered with the blood-drenched body of an unidentified male, dumped outside Accident and Emergency.
The trail leads to a hidden stash of pornography - all featuring the victim. It looks as if someone in Aberdeen's bondage community has developed a taste for violent, brutal death. Logan is drawn into a twilight world of adult bookshops, film makers, sadists, masochists, and ex-porn stars. Where no one is quite what they seem.
When the police finally catch the Granite City Rapist the celebrations are short lived. Pilloried in the media and blind-sided in court, they're forced to let their prime suspect go. And even though they've got him under surveillance, more women are being attacked. Could they really have got it so badly wrong? Logan thinks so: the trick will be getting anyone to listen to him before the real rapist strikes again. Especially as his girlfriend PC Jackie Watson is convinced Aberdeen's star striker is guilty, and she's hell-bent on a conviction at any cost.
Broken Skin is the third book in the Logan McRae / Cold Granite series.
When asked by an Australian journalist what the book was about - during one of those five minutes on the phone with a twelve-hour time difference kind of interviews - I said, "Filth. Violent, filthy, filth." And it is. Best of all, though, it was the first time I'd ever put real people in the story, so John Rickards gets to star as a bondage-obsessed police constable, nicknamed 'Spanky'. He got his own back by putting me in his book Burial Ground as the head of a family of inbred cannibal rednecks. But people still call him, 'Spanky', so technically I win.
In a move that was guaranteed to garner me a whole heap of angry emails and crappy Amazon reviews, my American publisher decided that 'Broken Skin' was too icky a title for the US reading public and insisted on renaming the book 'Bloodshot' in the States. To this day people moan and whinge at me, as if I had personally cheated them out of the price of a book, when they bought 'Bloodshot' thinking it was something new. It isn't, it never was. Only one sentence is different between the UK and US versions.
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