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His Bloody Project Paperback – 5 Nov 2015

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Contraband (5 Nov. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910192147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910192146
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.5 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 524 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spellbinding ... Riveting, dark and ingeniously constructed. Edmund Gordon, Sunday Times.

Brings an extraordinary historical period into focus, while the multiple unreliable perspectives are designed to keep the audience wondering, throughout the novel and beyond. This is a fiendishly readable tale that richly deserves the wider attention the Booker has brought it. Justine Jordan, The Guardian.

An astonishing piece of writing... a voice that sounds startlingly authentic. --Jake Kerridge, The Telegraph.

Burnet proves that the undeniable pleasures of the crime novel can be combined with real literary value and an experimental narrative structure... Burnet is a writer of great skill and authority. Barry Forshaw, Financial Times

Gripping, blackly playful and intelligent, it deserves a space on the shortlist. It s one of the few that may set the heather and imagination ablaze. --Robbie Millen, The Times.

Graeme Macrae Burnet s His Bloody Project is a gripping crime story, a deeply imagined historical novel, and gloriously written all in one tour-de-force of a book. Stevensonian that s the highest praise I can give. Chris Dolan, Book of the Year, The Herald.

The Man Booker judges got it right: this really is one of the most convincing and engrossing novels of the year. David Robinson, The Scotsman.

A real box of tricks... a truly ingenious thriller as confusingly multilayered as an Escher staircase. Jake Kerridge, Express.

Riveting Mail on Sunday

"A historical revenge tragedy and courtroom drama... [are] at the heart of this masterful psychological thriller." Ian Stephen

"Masterful, clever and playful. It is every inch the riveting second novel I had hoped for." --Louise Hutcheson, A Novel Bookblog.

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LONGLISTED for the MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016. The year is 1869. A brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but it falls to the country's finest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence. Was he mad? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between Macrae and the gallows. Graeme Macrae Burnet tells an irresistible and original story about the provisional nature of truth, even when the facts seem clear. His Bloody Project is a mesmerising literary thriller set in an unforgiving landscape where the exercise of power is arbitrary.

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