The Missing and the Dead by Stuart MacBride
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
MacBride hasn't reached Stephen Booth's seeming dislike of his major characters level, but at times I wonder. Making McRae Acting Detective Inspector overseeing several small stations outside Aberdeen was brilliant, allowing us (and ADI McRae) to explore other areas and small town/village life. Dragging DI Steele back in? Well, inevitable but she does suck the air out of things. I guess if you haven't read the previous books you don't know how disgusting she is in terms of personal habits, lack of professional boundaries, etc., but for those of us who have, it's a bit like hearing about Nero Wolfe's eighth of an acre of yellow pajamas in each of the 47 books.
Here's hoping for a little less Steele in the next McRae outing. It's good he's getting on with his life and career.