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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

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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
  • karen hickman
    1/31/17
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    "Unsure about this one, ok but not wholey gripping"

    This is the first book I've read by Stuart McBride and it's didn't measure up to others I've read by different authors. I found it hard to connect with some of the characters and found Steal in particular a bit overdone and unbelievable. Some this may have been a result of the narration. The basic story is good, would have liked it to have been a bit quicker paced.

    I wanted to see the story through to the end but wasn't hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • raven
    10/5/16
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    "solid"

    loved it I've and listened 3 times. the naration is aceptable. and the storyline superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Fiona Carey
    UK
    8/30/16
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    "Loved it"

    Laugh out loud Scottish humour. Really enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end

    0 of 0 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

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