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Close to the Bone (Logan McRae, Book 8)

Logan McRae

By Stuart MacBride

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Format: Paperback, 560 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 September 2013
The third consecutive No.1 bestselling crime novel from the author of the DI Logan McRae series and Birthdays for the Dead. Sticks and stones may break your bones... 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 on DI Logan McRae's doorstep, but he's got bigger concerns. 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 and gained the unwelcome attention of the local crime boss. When another body turns up, the similarities between these murders and the plot of a bestselling novel seem like more than just a coincidence. And perhaps those little knots of bones are more important than they look...

About the Author

Stuart MacBride is the No 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series and Birthdays for the Dead. 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. In 2012 Stuart was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Hall of Fame. 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.

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

In Scottish author MacBride's predictably grisly but cleverly twisted eighth thriller featuring Det. Insp. Logan McRae (after 2011's Shatter the Bones), the Aberdeen cop looks into the case of a man found strangled and stabbed with a burning tire around his neck, suggesting a gangland execution. The local filming of a popular fantasy novel, Witchfire, makes Logan realize that the horrific manner of death is straight from the novel's story of an alt-universe Scotland. Suspecting a crazed fan of turning fiction into reality, Logan revisits a neglected missing persons case, the disappearance of teenagers Agnes Garfield and Anthony Chung, uncovering disturbing connections. Saddled with an over-eager new underling, Det. Sgt. Lorna Chalmers, Logan must stay one step ahead of a killer whose crimes are becoming even more horrific. MacBride's humor is as dark as his plot, and Logan continues to impress as a scarred but persevering hero. Agent: Philip Patterson, Marjacq Scripts. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

In his latest outing (after Shatter the Bones) Scottish DI Logan McRae is working under Acting Detective Chief Inspector Steel, who is dumping cases and more paperwork on Logan than he can handle. Among his cases are rival drug gangs fighting over the cannabis trade in Aberdeen, a pair of missing teens, and a jewelry store robbery. Logan also has a new detective sergeant assigned to him who is efficient but very ambitious and eager to make a name for herself. Plus, Wee Hamish Mowat, the Aberdonian mob boss, is still trying to involve him in criminal enterprises. Meanwhile, strange little knots of bones keep turning up on his doorstep, and then a body is found with a burning tire around the neck. VERDICT MacBride keeps the tension high and never fails to provide a tightly woven story with plot twists galore. Fans of "Tartan noir" will enjoy this.-Lisa O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

EAN: 9780007344291
ISBN: 0007344295
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.5 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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