As senior police officers descend on the Granite City from up and down the county, Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is lumbered with the unenviable task of babysitting Chief Constable Mark Faulds from Birmingham - one of the original investigation team - and trying to keep DI Insch from throwing his career away in his obsessive quest to see Wiseman behind bars before he kills again.
When members of the team that put Wiseman away in 1990 start going missing, Logan knows that things aren't as straightforward as everyone thinks. More and more human meat is turning up in the food chain. Twenty years of secrets and lies are being dragged into the light. And the only thing that's certain is Aberdeen will never be the same again.
©2008 Stuart MacBride; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
I love this series up till now, but did not notice the "Abridged" on the description. I have spent days being confused, losing track of the story, and going back to see what I missed. Finally, I started reading a Kindle version, and realized that at least half the book has been savagely hacked out. (Ironic, given the subject matter.) I tried simultaneously reading and listening, and was appalled at all the great stuff that has been hacked out of EVERY page for the sake of what - brevity? At the expense of so many of this brilliant writer's words? I don't know why the author would have given permission for this travesty.
Now I have given up the audio book completely and am reading it on Kindle instead. I will NEVER buy an abridged book again and will be asking for a refund on this one.
What makes it even worse is that the narrator, Cameron Stewart, is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. I love how he brings the words to life with his accents and expression. It's a tour de force. What a pity that half the words are missing ...
Yes, but only because so many details were deleted that I didn't know what was going on half the time. The "abridgment" makes the already very convoluted plot so ridiculously fast-moving that I felt dizzy.
Everything. Man's a genius, just like the author.
Disappointment that half of it is missing.
Please print the word "Abridged" in double sized, RED letters to warn potential buyers that they are only buying half the product.
I had trouble finishing this book and I returned the next. in the series for a refund. Though I like many of the characters, MacBride has begun to focus on the violence more than the mystery. By the book's end I found myself not caring "who dunnit" I just wanted the violence to end.
Not for the fainthearted. Stuart MacBride makes me laugh though he may have to take responsibility for my current aversion to meat.
i really enjoyed this book from start to finnish and it was well read very intriuging
love all Stuarts books, have most of them in paper back but love to listen to them as well. would love to hear this unabridged and read by Steve Worsley or Stuart himself!
"Exceptional writing - maybe a touch too gory"
Yes - but might fast forward over some of the more graphic scenes
Don't think i've read anything like this
Made me laugh in a lot of places, but also made me squirm and was very uncomfortable listening at times.
I've downloaded book 5 but haven't started it yet. Can anyone tell me if it is more or less graphic than the Flesh House???
"Solid stuff as usual, but the narrator?"
Yes, usual good story and great characters. Shield your ears from the narrator's mangled "West Midlands" though!
Good in parts
This was one of the most grisly books in this series to date and at times was difficult to listen to. However, it wasn't so bad that I stopped listening or that it would put me off reading more Stuart Macbride books. The plot was also a little convoluted and while I appreciate some red herrings are necessary, so many false trails was positively annoying. I also found some of the accents used by the narrator, Cameron Stuart, intensely irritating. There was a West Country accent with distinct Scouse or was it, South African overtones, which threw the whole plot thing out of the window.
So, all in all, not a bad book but not one of Stuart MacBride's best either.
"Not the best"
Pretty gruesome not the best, end very disappointing .
Enjoyed previous MacRae stories more than this one.
"Not as good"
Book was not as good as previous books in the series mainly as it was harder to listen with the new narrator and stronger accents used
An enjoyable and gripping story with surprising twists and turns. Recommended. One Two three four words
"Too much gore. Please MacBride no more......."
The storyline was different, many complex police officers....too many end up dead! The shock factor is in the violence which is constant . So much so it becomes ridiculous ...I was glad when it ended.
No! Too gruesome, descriptive violence and foul language.
No but he is the reason why I listened to the end. Amazing talent for characterising.
Yes......follow through the surviving characters and to find the murderer. I was left thinking it was an unsatisfactory and pointless story.
Less foul language and bloody violence it really is not necessary .....develop your writing to thrill and create suspense without such gruesome violence....if you can?
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