Dying Light by Stuart MacBride
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Two books in and the similarities to Ian Rankin are getting stronger: while Rebus has "Big Ger" to contend with, it appears that McRae will have "Malckie the Knife" (an Edinburgh crime boss looking to expand into Aberdeen) as his nemesis. I'm pretty sure that McRae won't be invited to Malckie's home any time soon. There's also a vague Dalziel-esque character in DI Insch, he of the ever-present small candies. Not that that's bad, just sayin'
We're exploring the really seedy side of Aberdeen this time, as prostitutes are going missing. Turning up dead, of course, and seriously beaten. There's also an arsonist running around, setting fires after sealing the doors of houses with people still inside - and getting off on it. Of course, McRae is assigned to the loser's squad under DI Steel and still has the Procedures people breathing down his neck, but he manages to also get involved with DI Insch's investigations and a couple of his own side projects. There's plenty of gore and finger snipping to go around, probably to make up for the summer rain lull.
Can't wait to see what happens next.