Close to the Bone

by Stuart MacBride

Part of the Logan McRae Series

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LoveReading Expert Review of Close to the Bone

September 2013 Book of the Month.

I am a big fan of this Scottish Detective Logan McRae who is now involved in this eighth case.  He’s an attractive character who is constantly rushing from panic to panic but throughout keeps his humanity and humour, some of which is verging on the “black”.  He works in a chaotic irregular way.  He’s got a girlfriend in a coma and lives in a caravan since his house was burned down.  You need to read the earlier books to find out how and why.  He’s now got an ambitious young female officer to partner him – she is trouble!  Logan has a big problem with the ailing local major criminal.  All in all the whole tale is first rate.


The Lovereading view...

Eighth in the gritty, grim and totally addictive crime series starring DS Logan McRae. Burning bodies, bits of bone and overbearing superiors are the least of DS McRae's worries as a series of gruesome murders, seemingly following a bestselling novel, dominate the Aberdeenshire constabulary.


A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

'Close to the Bone is the latest instalment in Stuart MacBride’s brilliant series of Aberdeen-set crime novels. Filled with dark deeds and featuring killers as twisted as they come, the Logan McRae novels deliver the thrills and tension that lovers of good crime fiction crave. But Stuart’s novels are also imbued with a sense of authenticity and realism that is second to none, and he achieves the rare feat of capturing the black humour and camaraderie of a team of colleagues dealing with situations most ordinary people will never have to face. The twists and turns are all in place, and the ending is satisfyingly surprising, but the real joy of Close to the Bone, and all the novels in this series, is that Logan McRae is a character we want to spend time with and can all relate to.' - Sarah Hodgson, Deputy Publishing Director, HarperFiction


Logan McRae series:
1. Cold Granite
2. Dying Light
3. Broken Skin   
4. Flesh House
5. Blind Eye
6. Dark Blood
7. Shatter the Bones

8. Close to the Bone

Sarah Broadhurst

Close to the Bone Synopsis

The first body is chained to a stake: strangled, and stabbed, with a burning tyre around its neck. But is this a gangland execution or something much darker? Someone's leaving little knots of bones outside Detective Inspector Logan McRae's house, but he's got more pressing things to worry about. Rival drug gangs are fighting over product and territory; two teenage lovers are missing; someone's crippling Asian immigrants; and Logan's been lumbered with an ambitious new Detective Sergeant, a mountain of paperwork, and the unwelcome attention of his superiors and the local crime boss. When another body turns up, it looks as if the similarities between these murders and the plot of a bestselling novel are more than just a coincidence. And perhaps those little knots of bones are more important than they look...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780007344291
Publication date: 12th September 2013
Author: Stuart MacBride
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 560 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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Stuart MacBride Press Reviews

Praise for Stuart MacBride:


'MacBride is a damned fine writer - no one does dark and gritty like him'
Peter James

'Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order'
Mark Billingham

'Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field'

'Admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven - or should that be hell?'

'Ferocious and funny'
Val McDermid

'Hard-hitting prose with a bone-dry humour and characters you can genuinely believe in, Stuart MacBride's novels are a real treat'
Simon Kernick

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About Stuart MacBride

Stuart MacBride is the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels. He’s also published standalones, novellas and short stories as well as a children’s picture book.   Stuart lives in the northeast of Scotland with his wife Fiona, cats Grendel, Gherkin, Onion, and Beetroot, some hens, horses, and a vast collection of assorted weeds. Stuart MacBride is the author of several bestselling novels featuring DS Logan McRae, including Shatter the Bones, which reached No. 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list.The McRae novels have won him the CWA's Dagger in ...

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