In January we publish In the Cold Dark Ground by Stuart MacBride, the 10th novel in his thrilling Logan McRae series. Here, in his own words, Stuart talks about his relationship with the gritty, no-nonsense detective.
‘I might be a vengeful and capricious god, but at least I’m a friendly one.’
It’s strange to think that when the new book comes out in January, it’ll be Logan’s tenth outing. Ten whole novels (plus a handful of short stories, a novella, and what I insist on calling a short novel) with the one character. When I wrote Cold Granite, just over a decade ago, I didn’t even consider that there would be a second book in the series, never mind another nine of them. Nope, it was just going to be a bit of fun, and to hell with the consequences.
Of course, one of the things about writing a series is that the consequences soon start piling up. Logan’s strange creepy/nurturing relationship with Wee Hamish Mowat, head of Aberdeen’s criminal world, was one of them. His deeply antagonistic encounters with Wee Hamish’s right hand thug, another. And, of course, there were all the horrible things I’d done to Logan over the years: he’s been shot at, blown up, beaten up, betrayed, hungover, tormented, threatened, heartbroken, and burned out of his home. Not to mention the fact that I put his girlfriend in a coma.
Anyone would think that I really didn’t like the guy… But I do. Always have. That’s why I always use his first name. I might be a vengeful and capricious god, but at least I’m a friendly one.
At some point, though, all of the horrible things I’ve done to Logan over the years were going to have to come back and sink their teeth in his bum (and not in a kinky way). There would have to be a reckoning, and In the Cold Dark Ground is it. This is where a lot of that horrible opens its jaws wide and prepares to bite.
I suppose I should feel sorry for Logan (and I do), but really he’s only got himself to blame. If he wanted an easy life he should have picked someone else’s books to feature in. And after ten of mine he must know how it works by now. I wonder if he dreads what I’m going to do to him in the next ten books? Probably. He’d be daft not to.
Stuart MacBride is the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels. He was crowned World Stovies Champion in 2014 and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Dundee University in 2015. Stuart lives in the northeast of Scotland with his wife, Fiona, their cats, hens, horses, and a vast collection of assorted weeds.