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Close to the Bone by Stuart MacBride
  

Close to the Bone

Part of the Logan McRae Series
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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

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

If you like Stuart MacBride you might also like to read books by Graham Hurley, David Peace and Paul Johnston.

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Synopsis

Close to the Bone by Stuart MacBride

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...

Reviews

Praise for Stuart MacBride: 'MacBride is the natural heir to the late and much lamented Reginald Hill
Andrew Taylor, SPECTATOR

'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'
Independent

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

'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

About the Author

Stuart MacBride

Stuart MacBride was born in Dumbarton, near Glasgow and moved to Aberdeen at the age of two. After dropping out of university to work offshore he went to work for himself as a graphic designer, eventually becoming studio manager for a nationwide marketing company. He gave it all up to have a go at becoming an actor, until it became clear to him that he was never going to be good enough to make a decent living out of it. Whilst progressing through a whole new career in the IT sector ending up as project manager for a global IT company, he also wrote in his spare time.

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 the Library, the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel, and Best Breakthrough Author at the ITV3 crime thriller awards.

Stuart's other works include Halfhead, a near-future thriller, Sawbones, a novella aimed at adult emergent readers, and several short stories.

He lives in the north-east of Scotland with his wife, Fiona and cat, Grendel.

Maxim Jakubowski's view on Stuart MacBride...

BLIND EYE is the 5th and latest volume in the increasingly popular series of Aberdeen thrillers with DS Logan McRae at the helm. In turns grim, gritty and gruesome, but also with mordant humour and sparkling dialogue between his warring cops, this is Tartan Noir at its very best, and literally begs for a TV adaptation. Not all Scottish cops are as polished as Ian Rankin’s Rebus, and MacBride’s coppers would jump out of the screen.

Author photo © Paul Levitton

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Publication date

12th September 2013

Author

Stuart MacBride

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
560 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9780007344291

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