The third consecutive No.1 bestselling crime novel from the author of the DI Logan McRae series and Birthdays for the Dead. THIS SPECIAL EDITION INCLUDES A BONUS SHORT STORY.
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…
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’
‘Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field’
‘Admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven – or should that be hell?’
‘Ferocious and funny’
‘Hard-hitting prose with a bone-dry humour and characters you can genuinely believe in, Stuart MacBride’s novels are a real treat’
About the author
Stuart MacBride is the No 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series and Birthdays for the Dead.
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. In 2012 Stuart was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Hall of Fame.
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.
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.