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A new Logan McRae thriller from the bestselling author of 'Cold Granite', 'Dying Light' and 'Broken Skin', set in gritty Aberdeen. Aberdeen is panicking. It's been eighteen years since Grampian Police caught the Flesher -- the notorious serial killer who butchered people all over the UK -- and seven years since he was released from Peterhead prison, his conviction overturned on appeal. But when a container full of joints of human meat turns up at Aberdeen Harbour, it kicks off the largest man hunt in Aberdeen's history. Ken Wiseman is on the run and looking for revenge. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is lumbered with the unenviable task of babysitting Chief Constable Mark Faulds from Birmingham -- one of the original investigation team -- and trying to keep DI Insch from throwing his career away in his obsessive quest to see Wiseman behind bars before he kills again. When members of the team that put Wiseman away in 1990 start going missing, Logan knows that things aren't as straightforward as everyone thinks. More and more human meat is turning up in the food chain. Twenty years of secrets and lies are being dragged into the light. And the only thing that's certain is Aberdeen will never be the same again. Key title / The latest Logan McRae novel from the rising star of crime fiction and the winner of 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library / Flesh House went straigtht to number two in the Sunday Times bestseller list in hardback / McRae and MacBride are set to be the new Rebus and Rankin / Combines a gritty sense of place and a powerful sense of the macabre with laugh-out-loud humour / Competition: Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Val McDermid

About the Author

Stuart MacBride has gone from asking people if they 'want fries with that' to project-managing vast IT projects for the oil industry. Somewhere in the middle he managed to make money out of dressing up as a woman. His first book, 'Cold Granite', was shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award and the International Thriller Writers' best debut novel and won the Barry Award for best first novel. The follow-ups, 'Dying Light' and 'Broken Skin' were both top-ten bestseller. Stuart won the 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded for a body of work. Stuart lives in north-east Scotland with his wife Fiona, cat Grendel, and a vegetable plot full of weeds.


Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, MacBride's superbly unsettling fourth novel (after Bloodshot) sets Det. Sgt. Logan McRae on the trail of a serial killer in Aberdeen, Scotland. When human remains are discovered first in a shipping container and later in a local butcher shop, McRae's superiors send him to round up Kenneth Wiseman (aka "the Flesher"), who terrorized the city 20 years earlier but was released on a technicality. Det. Insp. David Insch, who was part of the original Wiseman investigation, is determined to see the man behind bars. But when tragedy strikes, leaving Insch teetering on the edge of throwing away his entire career, McRae realizes that the police have been looking in the wrong direction. As more body parts turn up, McRae must fit the grisly pieces together before time runs out. MacBride's dry wit turns what could have been a gratuitously gory slasher story into a crackling thriller. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Stuart MacBride: 'Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order by a writer whose dark star is most definitely on the rise.' Mark Billingham 'If you're looking for taut narrative, gut-churning incident, strong characterisation, all shot through with savagely dark humour, then look no further' Reginald Hill 'Ferocious and funny, this is Tartan Noir at its best.' Val McDermid 'The novel rattles along like a bolting horse and the dialogue crackles like a firework display ! DI Steel should be declared a national treasure' Andrew Taylor, Spectator 'Grim, gritty and great fun' Daily Sport 'This is Ian Rankin on Speed ! the humour is black, the violence is apalling, the language is, well, realistic, the entertainment is unflagging. I hunger for the earlier novels ' Adelaide Review 'Riveting and gruesome' Telegraph 'Stuart MacBride goes straight for the jugular with a tight, thrilling novel' Glasgow Herald 'Gripping' Daily Mirror 'Another brilliant, riveting police procedural from the new kid on the block. I'm green with envy!' R D Wingfield 'An impressive debut ! an edge-of-your-seat page-turner' Publishers Weekly 'This intelligent, exciting police procedural should make the leading writers of the genre start looking over their shoulders.' Sunday Telegraph 'A cracking new writer on the crime scene who hooks you from the first page and never lets you go. The action is ferocious and the pace unrelenting' Northern Echo 'Compelling reading' Telegraph 'A gritty, roller-coaster, in-your-face thriller' Aberdeen Press and Journal

Serial killer Kenneth Wiseman has resurfaced after 20 years, leaving body parts in his wake, and Logan McRae returns to investigate. Dagger Award winner MacBride lives in Aberdeen, Scotland. Library marketing campaign. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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