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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007419422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007419425
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stuart MacBride was born in Dumbarton near Glasgow but grew up in Aberdeen. He is the number one bestelling author of several novels featuring DS Logan McRae. He has been shortlisted for the Theakstons's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award twice. Stuart won the 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded for a body of work, and was named Best Breakthrough Author at the 2008 ITV Crime Thriller Awards.

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Those who like their crime thrillers diamond hard (but shot through with macabre humour) need look no further than Stuart MacBride. As Flesh House, his latest, once again proves, he has few equals in this area, and is more than worthy of the ever-growing legion of admirers he is gleaning. His tough protagonist, Logan McRae, is once again negotiating the mean streets of Aberdeen, with violence and threat forever at his elbow. Those who have read Cold Granite, Dying Light and Broken Skin will know what to expect here -- and they’ll be aware that they're not in for a comfortable ride.

The city is in a state of fear. Some 20 years ago, the Grampian police nailed a particularly vicious serial killer known as The Flesher, a monster who had claimed victims throughout the country. But one of those frequent legal appeals which so often release dangerous criminals into the community has freed him, and when a container with human body parts appears at Aberdeen harbour, it looks like the stage is once again set for carnage on a massive scale. DS Logan McRae (along with his less experienced colleague, Chief Constable Mark Faulds from Birmingham -- who was on the original team tracking down The Flesher), finds himself in charge of one of the most ambitious manhunts city has ever seen. And then members of the original team tracking down their serial killer prey (whose real name is Ken Wiseman) begin to disappear -- and more human meat is making grisly appearances. All of this is delivered with the requisite grasp of tension and characterisation that we have come to expect from Stuart MacBride. There are those who will feel he has gone too far in Flesh House in confronting the less savoury aspects of human behaviour, but fans of uncompromising crime writing will be in their element. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Praise for Flesh House:

'Stuart MacBride is the most exciting thing to happen to British crime fiction in the last ten years. Flesh House is his fourth book and the best yet … New readers should start here' Northern Echo

Praise for Stuart MacBride:

‘Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order’ Mark Billingham

‘Ferocious and funny, this is Tartan Noir at its best’ Val McDermid

‘MacBride is a damned fine writer – no one does dark and gritty like him’ Peter James


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2008
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I said it in my earlier reviews of Stuart MacBride's stories that I didn't fancy living in Aberdeen. If there were any remaining doubts in my mind about such a view, this book dispels them all.

The body count is huge, the pychos on the loose seem to gravitate to Aberdeen and Logan McRae, as ever, brings some relative calm to the investigation - in his own way, of course! DI Steele seems to be assuming more of a role in MacBride's books, probably because DI Insch was always going to burst - one way or another.

As an aside, I thought the inclusion of the pseudo reprints of the local paper were an interesting addition, though I'm a little worried that I thought I'd recognized one of the murderers depicted!!

As before, this is a gripping read; a book which is more convoluted than the earlier ones (and longer, I think). I really enjoyed the development of the characters and, certainly, the author is more confident compared to the first story. Aberdeen in the summer for his next novel? Will we notice? Probably not! But I can hardly wait.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Man Out Of Time on 8 Mar 2013
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Flesh House is the fourth novel in the DS Logan McRae series by author Stuart MacBride. It's one I felt I had to prepare myself for, having read several shocked negative reviews here on Amazon and elsewhere which claimed the book was 'too sick' and 'gross'

I can see why it has such a rep; the plot concerns a rampaging serial killer known as The Flesher who has been terrorising the UK on and off since the 1980s. His MO is to butcher his victims as one would livestock for the table. And he does this in a bloodspattered apron and a Margaret Thatcher frightmask!

One of MacBride's key talents as a writer is his easy visual style. When you read one of his novels you can clearly see it all in your mind's eye. It's a talent here that has come back to bite him on the arse as the imagery of this book is clearly too strong for some! Yes, the abbattoir style butchery of real human beings is strong and realistically/graphically depicted but I must express some amazement at some of the critics who baulked at such gruesomeness in the book. It's a murder mystery thriller after all, violent death isn't nice in any way shape or form. What did they expect? For me I actually find say, the manic stabbing of a character for example, far more sickening and harrowing than the downright twisted yet clinical emotionless dispatching that 'The Flesher' uses here.

Like MacBride's point about the food chain and knowing exactly what you are sitting down to eat of an evening, I feel some of these disappointed readers need to know that when they pick up a novel about a serial killer they have to accept that the author is going to deal in the more wretched aspects of life, the sheer lack of worth a murderer places upon life and the fact that death is simply not palatable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janie U TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Nov 2010
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This is a crime thriller which follows the investigation of a serial killer who butchers his victims and is very bloody in it's descriptions.
There are a lot of detective/killer novels around, it takes something a bit different to stand out from the crowd and this book seems to.
Every few chapters there is a double page of newspaper cuttings which are interesting to read as background and an igenious way to get information to the reader.
The police characters are, as usual, all flawed but are developed in a very real way which created a great deal of empathy in the reader. Horrible things happen to the police detectives which are in context with the rest of the story and add to the story, making the investigation more personal.
During the middle of the book the story does slow down (the book could do with being shorter) but picks up again as it heads towards the ending. There are a few too many coincidences and I wasn't completely happy with the identity of the killer but it works reasonably well as a novel and it is fiction!!
Overall, this author portrays that the police are real people working in a real world where nothing is obvious and mistakes happen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michael masson on 6 Feb 2013
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Great read - couldn't put it down but a bit gory for the faint-hearted. Cant wait to read the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reader231 on 22 Jan 2013
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Yes it's totally gruesome in parts, yes it doesn't exactly paint Aberdeen and it's inhabitants in a very kind light but I just love the Logan McRae series and this book is up there with the best. It took me a couple of attempts to get into Stuart MacBride but now I can't get enough - bring on the next one...Highly recommended if you like character driven gritty crime novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Gillies on 22 Jan 2013
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Not for the faint hearted. I think this is the novel in the series that plays with your head and emotions more than any other. There is real horror running through the thread of the story but MacBride uses real skill in painting the outline of a scene whilst allowing the reader to really use their imagination to (literally) add meat to the bones. Cracking stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aileen Semple on 18 Jan 2013
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Brilliant from start to finish.Another great Logan McRae story from Stuart McBride.100% better than Rebus .Great humour too even in such a graphic and bloody story . Can't get enough of Logan McRae .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Robson on 25 May 2010
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This is a pretty good serial killer murder mystery. The characters are all written in such a way as to seem like human beings rather than mouths into which the author puts his exposition. True, some of the characters are difficult to like, but given that this was probably the author's intention (DI Insch, for example, is that nightmare boss we've all had at some point), then this demonstrates the strength of the writing.

As for the criticism of the gruesome nature of the story... If you buy a book with the title "Flesh House", where the synopsis on the jacket clearly tells you that the plot revolves around a serial killer with a penchant for "human meat"... what do you expect? Of course it's dark. Of course it's gruesome. Of course it's going to make you a bit queasy in places. To complain about this is like complaining that a vindaloo is too hot. It's pretty clear what this novel is about from the cover art & synopsis. If you don't like gruesome scenes of human suffering, then don't read it.

If, on the other hand, you enjoy a well crafted thriller which pulls no punches, but is in no way gratuitous - there is NOTHING in here which doesn't serve the plot - with an ending that you won't expect, and characters who deal with it all with macabre humour, then this book is for you.
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