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JD Kirk's DCI Jack Logan series is one that seems to have come out of nowhere and taken the UK crime novel scene by storm. The first entry came out back in 2019, and there are now 15 books in total (with #16 on the way).
The series follows the activities of DCI Jack Logan, a homicide detective in Scotland. He's your classic tortured middle-aged guy with a screwed up family life and a history of alcoholism – but as you might expect, he has a strong sense of justice and a desire to make his country a better place by getting the worst criminals off the streets.
As unoriginal as that might sound, the books are compulsively readable. The locations are great, and the interactions between Logan and the team are what really drive the stories. They're fast-paced, with short chapters and not a lot of excess description – so if you like the kind of books that are suspenseful and hard to put down, this is a great series to try.
Most of the action takes place around Inverness and various Highland locations, but some parts are also set in Glasgow. If you've spent much time travelling around Scotland, you'll no doubt recognise many of the locations.
If the books leave you curious about the area, there are some great programmes you can watch to get a better sense of what the different places are like.
- Footloose Special: A Classic Tour of Scotland
- Footloose in Scotland: The West Highland Way
- Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands
- Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs
All of JD Kirk's DCI Jack Logan Books in Order
Below, we've listed and described each of the current entries in the DCI Jack Logan series.
As a warning to more sensitive readers, the books *are* on the gritty side of things. The murders can be a bit gruesome, and there's a fair bit of cursing. Where Bob Hoon is involved, it's an art form unto itself.
Book 1 contains cat abuse, so if you're like us and you prefer to avoid books with that sort of thing, we recommend either skipping that one or just reading the first few chapters before skipping on to book 2. There's enough review that you won't be too lost.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 1 | A Litter of Bones (2019)
Nearly a decade ago, Glasgow's DCI Jack Logan ended the terrifying streak of a child serial killer known as Mr. Whisper – destroying his personal life in the process. When a child in the Highlands goes missing under similar circumstances, everything is called into question. As Jack heads north to lead the investigation, he'll find himself wondering whether he was wrong all those years ago.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 2 | Thicker than Water (2019)
DCI Jack Logan has decided to move to the Highlands for a quieter life. Now, the discovery of a mutilated body on the shores of Loch Ness makes him wonder about that decision. As the media speculates about a possible Nessie attack, Logan and his team will have to work quickly to get to the bottom of things before the killer strikes again.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 3 | The Killing Code (2019)
When a nurse is killed on her way home from a shift, it initially seems like a lone case. Unfortunately, Logan and his team soon realise they're hunting for a serial killer with no remorse
DCI Jack Logan, Book 4 | Blood and Treachery (2019)
While searching for a missing hillwalker, the Glencoe mountain rescue team encounters a body…but it's not the one they set out to find.
DCI Logan and his team head south to investigate the strange, gangland-style execution, quickly uncovering all manner of dark secrets from the victim's life. He'll have to act fast to prevent further carnage – especially since the investigation has seemingly put him in the killer's crosshairs.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 5 | The Last Bloody Straw (2020)
Still reeling from the loss of a colleague, DCI Logan is determined to bring down everyone involved in his fellow officer's death. Those efforts are cut short when a woman's body washes up on the remote island of Canna, and Logan soon finds himself packed up to the remote, poorly-connected island with only DC Tyler Neish for company.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 6 | A Whisper of Sorrows (2020)
Mr. Whisper – the child serial killer whose investigation destroyed Logan's personal life 10 years ago – has escaped. He's had 10 years to plan and find allies, and he wants revenge.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 7 | The Big Man Upstairs (2020)
After the trauma of everything that happened when Mr. Whisper escaped, DCI Jack Logan has spent 9 months living in self-imposed exile. Now, a mother and daughter have been murdered, staged to look like a suicide. In need of his assistance, Logan's colleagues drag him back to his old life.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 8 | A Death Most Monumental (2020)
After a woman's remains are discovered hanging from the Glenfinnan Monument, DCI Jack Logan and his team are sent to investigate. Unfortunately, the seemingly simple case is made much more complicated when the victim's true identity is discovered. Now there's a lot more riding on the case – and everyone is watching.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 9 | A Snowball's Chance in Hell (2020)
When a young man is found frozen to death on a street in the Highlands, it initially looks like a tragic accident. Unfortunately, the post-mortem soon reveals it to be something much more sinister. Worse yet, it appears that this may be one more murder In a long line of killings by a strange vigilante known as “The Iceman” .
DCI Jack Logan, Book 10 | Ahead of the Game (2021)
When a body is discovered at a popular Highland landmark, it seems like “just another murder”. Of course, the disappearance of a key body part – along with its location at the Well of the 7 Heads – means there could be more to the story.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 11 | An Isolated Incident (2021)
When a violent home invasion leaves an entire family dead, Logan and his team are brought in to investigate. Recognising the victim as part of a Glasgow comedy duo from the 1980s, he'll find himself heading back down to familiar territory to untangle the complicated circumstances that led to the brutal end of Archie Tattie's life.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 12 | Colder Than the Grave (2021)
At long last, DCI Jack Logan is settling into a happy, peaceful life. Unfortunately, the calm doesn't last – and before too long, everyone around him is in danger. He'll have to risk everything to protect a would-be victim from the most prolific killer he's ever faced.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 13 | Come Hell or High Water (2022)
When a burned body is found near the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, DCI Jack Logan will find himself drawn into a case involving a tiny loan shark, a powerful local politician, and a bizarre hippie sex cult. Oh, and there's a squirrel costume…
DCI Jack Logan, Book 14 | City of Scars (2022)
DCI Jack Logan's life is not too bad. He's in love, he has a dog he doesn't hate, and everything's been calm for a little while. Unfortunately, that's about to change.
There's a killer on the loose in Inverness, and he or she is picking random victims off the streets. Jack's boss decides to bring in some outside help, but that help turns out to be one of his old flames. Suddenly, his calm and happy life seems a million miles away.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 15 | HERE LIE THE DEAD (2022)
Several months after she disappears, the body of a teenage girl is found near Eilean Donan Castle – ruining the wedding of another young woman. As DCI Jack Logan and his team start to unravel the mysteries of her death, the secrets of her life threaten to tear apart the small community.
DCI Jack Logan, Book 16 | One for the Ages (2023)
When a blood-soaked old man is found wandering around a Scottish fishing village, onlookers assume he's been in an accident. When he leads them back to his home, however, they find the mutilated remains of his wife.
Someone is targeting the elderly and vulnerable in their homes, and DCI Jack Logan won't stand for it. Unfortunately, the close-knit community closes ranks, meeting his best efforts with silence. Will he be able to break through? Or will their silence allow a killer to claim more victims?
Will JD Kirk Write More DCI Jack Logan Books?
We'd be awfully surprised if he didn't. On average, he releases one new Jack Logan book every few months. While you wait, we recommend you also check out his Bob Hoon series.
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