Close to the Bone (Logan McRae, Book 8)

Close to the Bone (Logan McRae, Book 8)

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by Stuart MacBride

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From the No. 1 bestselling author of Shatter the Bones and Birthdays for the Dead, a new crime thriller featuring DS Logan McRae.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


From the No. 1 bestselling author of Shatter the Bones and Birthdays for the Dead, a new crime thriller featuring DS Logan McRae.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…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
Kirkus Reviews
A full plate of grisly and baffling crimes challenges Aberdeen DI Logan McRae and his contentious colleagues. The scene of a screaming man trapped in a burning tire turns out to be from a movie filming locally, but the next morning, Logan is called to a murder site that uncannily resembles the film shoot. Unfortunately, an annoyingly chipper new sidekick, DS Lorna Chalmers, has beaten him to the scene and is eager to impress. More female annoyance comes from his acerbic boss, Chief Inspector Steel, and from his far-from-helpless old Mum. The medical examiner determines that the male victim was stabbed, burned and strangled, but Steel balks at the expense needed to sort out the crime. A turf war with another ME complicates the matter still further. Meanwhile, other cases beckon. A distraught mother, Mrs. Garfield, seems to blame police inertia for the plight of her missing teen daughter Agnes, but Logan and Chalmers find more evidence of escape from a repressive environment than of abduction. Agnes' boyfriend, Anthony Chung, provides a solid lead in the ensuing search. More corpses in tires are discovered around the city, a gang war breaks out, and Asian immigrants fall victim to disabling attacks. Could some or all of these cases be related? Can Logan adjust to his chirpy new partner? And what sick perp has been leaving random skeletal remains around his house? MacBride's gritty prose and righteous, reckless hero (Birthdays for the Dead, 2013, etc.) improve his overstuffed, overheated plot.
From the Publisher
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
Library Journal
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

Product Details

HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
Logan McRae Series , #8
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

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

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Close to the Bone 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Promoted to Acting Detective Inspector, Logan McRae finds himself in the midst of several bewildering cases, beginning with the discovery of a body chained to a stake, strangled and stabbed, with a burning tire around the neck. And that’s just for starters, as more bodies begin turning up. At the same time, he’s charged with finding two missing teenagers. And then there’s the matter of someone crippling Asian immigrants. Finally, all in a day’s work, rival drug gangs are fighting over product and territory. All the while there is McRae’s superior, DI Steele, riding him hard with her “witticisms” and pressure, foisting her paperwork on him while he’s attempting to solve the various cases and capture killers. Confusion arises between the murders and the filming of a book in Aberdeen called Witchfire. in which the exact MOs are described. This is the eighth in the series, and this reader felt that perhaps the author is beginning to get a little jaundiced with regard to his characters. Steele’s humorous comments are not really funny, many seeming forced [but perhaps that may be the point]. And the 500+ pages become at times somewhat of a burden for the reader to traverse. Nevertheless, as always the writing is superb and the plotting taut, and the book is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Falling in love with a Book series was at one day unbelievable to me, until I met Logan McRae and DI Steal! I can remember feeling a knot in my stomach when I finished the first book! I knew then that I had fallen "Head Over Heels" for the series and am in my last fifty pages of Nook Book 8 in this series! Please write Book 9!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His usual gripping tale! Keeps one guessing with twists and turns and as always the zapper at the end. Love this series.
Anonymous 3 months ago
After you have written 8 books about the same guy, you'd think he would start to get boring. But Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae does not do boring. And neither does Acting Chief Roberta Steel. Please keep writing, Stuart MacBride! ~*~LEB~*~
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All eight Logan McRae books have been gripping and engrossing! Real edge-of-your-seat mysteries. But if you think that readers such as myself, senior citizens on Social Security with heavy medical bills, can justify paying $12.99 for any book, especially an eBook for heaven's sake, then you are delusional. I'm afraid that I'm just going to have to read the rest of this series in books from the local library! Sorry. Kitt :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Macbride delivers another story that left me thirsting for more. I just wish that McRae wasn't the only competent character in this series.
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johnM1 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare books that you hate to finish. These are people that you come to care about : the good guys are not perfect and the bad are not all bad. Nothing happens the way it is supposed to but things work out. Like life. Anyway a wonderful read, full of action and one of the best written that I have read for a long time- and I read a lot! Of course it would also be a good idea to read the preceding seven books. They are just as good - almost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! Full of suspense and a thrilling ride from start to finish! I love this series! Can't wait until the next book is out! Loved it!
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Love this series.. wish it didnt have to end