Flesh House by Stuart MacBride

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A big, shaggy, robust procedural. The story and MacBride’s writing are in vigorous, violent harmony.


The 4th thriller in the Number One bestselling crime series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. Panic grips The Granite City as DS Logan McRae heads up a manhunt for ‘The Flesher’ – one of the UK’s most notorious serial killers.

The case was closed. Until the killer walked free…

When an offshore container turns up at Aberdeen Harbour full of human meat, it kicks off the largest manhunt in the Granite City’s history.

Twenty years ago ‘The Flesher’ was butchering people all over the UK – turning victims into oven-ready joints – until Grampian’s finest put him away. But eleven years later he was out on appeal. Now he’s missing and people are dying again.

When members of the original investigation start to disappear, Detective Sergeant Logan McRae realizes the case might not be as clear cut as everyone thinks…

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.


About Stuart MacBride

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Stuart MacBride is the No.1 bestselling author of the DS Logan McRae series. His novels have won him the CWA 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.
Published September 4, 2008 by HarperCollins. 484 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Above average

A big, shaggy, robust procedural. The story and MacBride’s writing are in vigorous, violent harmony.

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But though the blood, booze, and rain do pour, persistent black humor sweetens the potion. With weather like that, you’d have to be able to laugh at just about anything.

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This is not a book for the squeamish, but for MacBride fans, it's his usual good read.

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Euro Crime

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Reviewed by Pat Austin on Jun 01 2008

MacBride has a bit of a reputation for darkly funny books and this one is no disappointment. However this one takes the darkness to a whole new level.

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Kittling: Books

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Reviewed by Cathy on Oct 22 2009

This is MacBride's most complex mystery yet, and since cannibalism is one of the strong themes running throughout the book, I'm wondering how many fans he lost with Flesh House . He definitely doesn't sugar coat the theme.

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Reviewed by Karen on May 13 2008

With an ending that has shock and poignancy attached to it, FLESH HOUSE could be read as an introduction to the series if you've not seen the earlier books; although McRae's back story is well worth following.

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Edged in Blue

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Reviewed by eviljwinter on Feb 26 2010

In the meantime, we’re treated to his usual taste for the macabre laced with a dose of dry Scottish humor...If anything, MacBride’s closest procedural cousin is the late Ed McBain. MacBride is funnier, with a sharper sense of irony.

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Undiscovered Scotland

Reviewed by Undiscovered Scotland on Jan 01 2008

Stuart MacBride is a master of managing the way his plot is revealed to his readers, and the twists and turns in "The Flesher" will certainly not disappoint any of his growing number of fans.

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