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Close to the Bone Audiobook
Close to the Bone
Written by: 
Stuart MacBride
Narrated by: 
Steve Worsley
Close to the Bone Audiobook

Close to the Bone

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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one best-selling author of Shatter the Bones and Birthdays for the Dead, a new crime thriller featuring DS Logan McRae. Detective Inspector Logan McRae is finally getting back on his feet after the events of the last few years. Putting things behind him. Getting better.… But it was never going to last. A body turns up on the outskirts of Aberdeen: burned from the neck up, hands chained behind the back.

More murders follow - all gruesome, and with only one obvious connection. The similarities between the real-life killings and the plot of a best-selling novel about witchcraft seem more than coincidental, but the more Logan digs the more dangerous and blurred the line between fact and fiction becomes. It’s a small step from police officer to victim. And somebody’s got to take it, or everyone will die.

©2013 Stuart MacBride (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field." (Independent)

"MacBride is a damned fine writer - no one does dark and gritty like him." (Peter James)

"Admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven - or should that be hell?" (Express)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

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  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    8/9/15
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    "Unbelievable awful"

    'As I live and fornicate.'

    'If we're not getting to see any porn we're going.'

    Scratching inside bra, scratching backside, scratching under armpits.

    Just some of the utterances and behaviour traits of the HEAD of CID. This woman did nothing and threw all her work at McCrae.

    Witnesses, solicitors, and just about everyone else shouted abuse at the detective. ('I TOLD you to have a word with ***, not arrest him, what part of keep it low key did you not understand?': this verbiage was shouted by a member of the public, albeit an ex policeman)

    There was appalling interaction between all of the members of the police force, and I doubt any crimes would be solved with the communal attitudes of this crowd of numpties. The Head of CID was the worst, unbelievable and absolutely awful.

    I am at chapter 24, and the thought of my making it to the end – more than another 26 to go, are remote.

    I am so amazed at the 5star reviews. This is one of the worst books I have come across. Vulgar, violent and thoroughly unpleasant!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S
    LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    5/10/13
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    "Difficult probably just me"

    Given the 5 star rating of this book I expected more had to return it couldn't follow
    The characters I felt there was not enough introduction of who they are .
    But then maybe I am spoilt bu the writings of Mo Hayder and Michael Rowbotham ....hard to beat

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • VAL G.
    3/31/13
    Overall
    "Close to the Bone"

    I gave up with this book. I found the police characters and their methods of operation very unrealistic. The story had potential but overall it didn't work for me.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie
    Perth, Australia
    6/1/16
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    "outstanding!"

    We were pleasantly surprised to have such a well presented and exciting story.
    Each character lived in our memory for the whole story!
    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Langton
    3/17/16
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    "By far his best and most engaging McRae book."

    makes me want to read the fictional novel referenced within. perfectly performed. touching, funny and well paced

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Montignac sur Charente, France
    2/9/16
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    "crude portrayal of the police"
    What disappointed you about Close to the Bone?

    The portrayal of a senior policewoman as crude, rude and ill-educated. No-on of her rank, for example, would be drawing cartoons of genitalia in a lower rank's notebook!


    What was most disappointing about Stuart MacBride’s story?

    I hated the way it was written; it was difficult to know who was speaking.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Steve Worsley?

    The narrator was OK


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    An awful book - I will never listen to another by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. H. Lewis
    12/4/15
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    "OK story, variable performance"

    Not sure whether it was badly orchestrated scene changes or the limited repertoire of character voices, but in places, I struggled to get a handle on what was happening. Almost felt like it was more of a film script, rather than a novel, at times - like a change in visuals was the missing ingredient.

    Seriously considered "returning" my purchase for much of the first few hours, but decided to stick with it until the end. A decision I'm probably 70% happy with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. S. Elliott
    Cheltenham, UK
    8/31/15
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    "Close to the Bone"

    Exciting, humorous, good thriller, some nice originality, would recommend and will be looking at getting another book soon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • peter
    12/2/14
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    "Great story, twists and turns and great sarcasm"
    If you could sum up Close to the Bone in three words, what would they be?

    Sarcastic, exciting, gripping


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the isn't play between the characters, and the banter back and forth. I also think the descriptions of Aberdeen are quite funny.


    Have you listened to any of Steve Worsley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Steve Worlsey is always great. The only reason I put 4 stars rather than 5 is because I have had Stuart mac ride books read by the author and he brings a little more out of the characters (seeing as he invented them), which I suppose is unfair to Steve...


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh in several occasions, to funny looks from other people on the bus


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    11/24/14
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    "Enjoyable listen and very good narration"

    This is another in the MacBride Logan McRae books I have listened to and they must be read in order otherwise you will lose the story lines. This one continues on from the last and I am sad that this seems to be the last one available.

    Am annoyed some of the books are only available as abridged which I think would lose a bit of the story? Shame as they are the early ones so I'll be keeping my eyes open in the hope they are available - personally I have enjoyed the narration and the sense of being there so to say so not sure if I will buy the paperbacks.

    All in all a great series but can be gorey at times!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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