Halfhead
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Halfhead

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by Stuart B. MacBride
     
 

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Terrifying serial killer thriller set in the gritty Glasgow of the near future, from the bestselling author of the Logan McRae series.There are worse things than the death penalty…They call them halfheads: convicted criminals, surgically mutilated and lobotomized by the State, then sent out to do menial jobs in the community so everyone will know what…  See more details below

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Terrifying serial killer thriller set in the gritty Glasgow of the near future, from the bestselling author of the Logan McRae series.There are worse things than the death penalty…They call them halfheads: convicted criminals, surgically mutilated and lobotomized by the State, then sent out to do menial jobs in the community so everyone will know what happens when you break the law. There are no appeals, no reprieves, and no one ever comes back. Until now.Dr Fiona Westfield, one of the most prolific serial killers Glasgow has ever seen, is waking up. Surrounded by blood and death and darkness.William Hunter has risen through the ranks since putting Westfield away; now he’s Assistant Network Director, in charge of police actions. But a routine murder investigation is about to embroil him in an appalling conspiracy.The vast connurb blocks on Glasgow’s deprived south side are ready to explode. Eleven years ago the VR riots killed millions – now someone wants to start them all over again. And Will is being dragged back into a past he desperately wants to forget…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Surgery aimed at rendering the offender harmless has replaced capital punishment in MacBride's effective if gory futuristic crime thriller set in Scotland. The procedure, which removes half the subject's head, leaves the criminal docile and capable of carrying out menial jobs. William Hunter, at 32, the youngest ever assistant section director of a super police force known as the Network, is trying to find out who killed Allan Brown, a vicious serial killer who targeted "halfheads." As he goes about his investigation, Hunter is unaware that he's being stalked by a halfhead killer he earlier brought to justice, Dr. Fiona Westfield. MacBride (Shatter the Bones) populates his universe with details that help maintain the suspension of disbelief (e.g., Hunter's college degree was in Unauthorized Data Access) and there's more than enough material, for those with strong stomachs, to justify a sequel. (June)
From the Publisher
‘Slick, gruesome and brutally intelligent, this is bare knucklesthriller-writing.’ Michael Marshall‘Compelling’ SFXPraise for Stuart MacBride:‘Riveting and gruesome’ Telegraph‘Grim, gritty and great fun’ Daily Sport‘Stuart MacBride goes straight for the jugular with a tight, thrilling novel’ Glasgow Herald‘The action is fercious and the pace unrelenting’ Northern Echo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007349265
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
08/05/2010
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Stuart MacBride, without the ‘B’, is the bestselling author of a series of crime novels featuring DS Logan McRae and set in Aberdeen. He won the International Thriller Writers best debut novel award, and has been shortlisted for the Barry Award, and twice for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award. In 2007 he won the Dagger in the Library, awarded for a body of work, and in 2008 he won the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Breakthrough Author. Halfhead, published under the name Stuart B MacBride, is his first foray into Science Fiction.Stuart lives in North East Scotland with his wife Fiona, cat Grendel, and a vegetable plot full of weeds.

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Halfhead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
donnasreview More than 1 year ago
I like it when I read something that is not the same ol, same ol, crime stories with different players. This is definitely different and the story just keeps on giving. If you are adverse to language and violence that don't read. You'll only give the book a bad review which it definitely does not deserve. So many give one stars because of the above mentioned. Stop That! Don't read the books if you are against it. Easy Peasy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this auhor. His books are hit or miss but when he's good he's great. Violence and a bit of language some might find offensive but interesting as hell.
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Very entertaining. It did remind me of his series just set in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Brilliant!
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