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His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at times, passionate debate, challenging our expectations of what a novel is and can be. It is a longlist to be relished.”

A brutal triple murder in a remote northwestern crofting community in 1869 leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. There's no question that Macrae landed the savage blows, but what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence. Was he insane? And will he swing for his wicked acts?

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His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

A brutal triple murder. Dark and deadly deeds in a remote northwestern crofting community in 1869 lead to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. There's no question that Macrae landed the savage blows, but it falls to the country's finest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence. Was he insane? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between Macrae and the inevitability of the gallows at Inverness.Will he swing for his wicked acts?

Reviews

'A real box of tricks... a truly ingenious thriller as confusingly multilayered as an Escher staircase.' Jake Kerridge, Express

'A gripping crime story, a deeply imagined historical novel, and glorious writing - all in one tour-de-force of a book. Macrae Burnet is an exceptional new voice in Scottish literature.' Chris Dolan, Books of the Year, Herald

'A historical revenge tragedy and courtroom drama... [are] at the heart of this masterful psychological thriller.' Ian Stephen

Masterful, clever and playful. It is every inch the riveting second novel I had hoped for.' Louise Hutcheson, A Novel Bookblog

About the Author

Already established with a reputation for smart literary mystery writing, Graeme Macrae Burnet's first novel, The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau (Contraband, 2014), attracted fulsome critical praise and was a cult hit. He is currently working on a further two novels featuring Georges Gorski, the haunted detective in Adele Bedeau.

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Publication date

6th November 2015

Author

Graeme Macrae Burnet

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Publisher

Contraband an imprint of Saraband

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Historical mysteries

ISBN

9781910192146

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