• Flesh House

  • Logan McRae, Book 4
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (260 ratings)

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Flesh House

By: Stuart MacBride
Narrated by: Steve Worsley
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Publisher's Summary

The fourth thriller in the number one best-selling crime series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. Panic grips the Granite City as DS Logan McRae heads up a manhunt for 'The Flesher' - one of the UK's most notorious serial killers.

The case was closed. Until the killer walked free....

When an offshore container turns up at Aberdeen Harbour full of human meat, it kicks off the largest manhunt in the Granite City's history.

Twenty years ago 'The Flesher' was butchering people all over the UK - turning victims into oven-ready joints - until Grampian's finest put him away. But 11 years later he was out on appeal. Now he's missing, and people are dying again.

When members of the original investigation start to disappear, Detective Sergeant Logan McRae realises the case might not be as clear cut as everyone thinks....

Twenty years of secrets and lies are being dragged into the light. And the only thing that's certain is that Aberdeen will never be the same again.

©2008 Stuart MacBride (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

Praise for Stuart MacBride: "Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order." (Mark Billingham)
"Ferocious and funny, this is Tartan Noir at its best." (Val McDermid)
"MacBride is a damned fine writer - no one does dark and gritty like him." (Peter James)

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To Gruesom For Me

You’re about to enter a world of cannibalism, seasoned with a dash of pedophilia. Almost too much for me but that may be a cultural sensitivity. After all, the Scots eat haggis so it would take something of much greater magnitude to raise an eyebrow. And, this takes cannibalism up a gear.
Compared to the previous books in the series, this one picks up the pace a little and focuses more on the main plot than the side issues. It still suffers from undeveloped characters defined only by a few of their quirks, ad nauseam. And, the principal antagonist doesn’t come on stage until late in the book, adding a touch of a pulling-the-rabbit-out-of-the-hat conclusion.

But, the decent pace of the action makes this a more readable book than previous offerings. If, you can tolerate the gore.

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If you like violence

I really enjoyed the unfolding of the mystery but I did not like the last few chapters. Gross is gross, though I can't think of an ending with swift finesse. The characters are good, the funny quips fly, the tensions are non stop and I still enjoy this series a lot!

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Great writing, but the story is too gory for me

Stuart MacBride is a very skilled and engaging author who makes readers genuinely care about his characters. I really like how he plays with stereotypes and cliches by turning them around in unexpected ways. Unfortunately, this story line was just too gory for me. :(

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A bit (!) gory but excellent

Despite the difficulty listening to this because it was so gory, this was a great book. Edge of the chair good. But I couldn't listen in bed. It wasn't what I wanted to think about as I fell asleep.

I love the characters. I love the narration. And I love MacBride's writing. The ending of this was amazing!

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Gruesome

I first read this years ago and now that I’m revisiting my MacBride collection I’m surprised at how grisly it is, in a way that I would never tolerate from another writer. Maybe it’s Steve Worsley’s great and somehow upbeat performance, or the fact that I love the cast of characters that keeps me from turning off. MacBride, it seems, can put his characters through quite a horror show and still keep me rolling along with him. Bring a dark sense of humor and a strong stomach for this one.

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Extremely gory but still good

Extremely gory but an amazing plot and character development. I would recommend to only those who have strong stomachs

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so very dark Stephen King like

definitely an adult series if you don't want to read about violence graphic violence with horrible outcomes and some other things this is not your cup of tea very very dark

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gory

story was too graphic and gory for me which made it hard to finish. Great performance and lots of twists

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Unique and enjoyable!

Another solid LM story. Yes it is gory. But it’s unique take on the antagonist that I absolutely loved. Imagine an intelligent Leatherface with Hannibal Lecter vibes. So yes, if you can’t stand the heat then you better stay out of the kitchen lol.

Only complaints (mainly for those that have read in order so far), this book changed my feeling about DI. I like the grumpy bear version. Not DI Hulk Smash.

Started out well, plateaued for a long stretch, then closed strong. Ending was enjoyable.

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Least favored LoganMcRae title

The suspense is there all the while, but the story’s attempt to portray mental illness or criminal insanity fell way short. Worst thing is, I’m not even sure Mr. MacBrride was attempting as such. The predictable result is a poof at the end rather than a bang! There were too many characters, regular and guests, making the intricacies of typical MacBride novels fuzzy. Spoiler Alert. The Chief Detective Inspector from Hinch’s past (Fulls I belive) would have been a better villain, even w/the too -abundant hints meant to sidetrack the reader. It is an enjoyable read, and the narration was quite effective.

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  • michelle
  • 09-25-17

not for the faint hearted

What made the experience of listening to Flesh House the most enjoyable?

the narrator was brilliant as always and made all the characters feel real

What other book might you compare Flesh House to, and why?

in terms of detective novels it follows the other Stuart McBride ones, however this one in particular is extremely gruesome and reminds me of Irene by Pierre Lemaitre.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked it when they were on the stake out in the car with Steel

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

what ever you do, don't eat the stew.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't eat while listening to this and when you have finished, you might just want a cheese and tomato sandwich!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Mary
  • 09-23-17

Vegetarian option, anyone?

The usual dark humour & dark story (in fact, several connected stories) with the put upon but worthy Laz McRae at its centre. Amusing characterisation. Gory and great.

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  • Ms
  • 09-15-17

Excellent book with excellent narration loved it!!!

Love everything about this series, the plots, the humour and Steve Worsley's superb narration. May make D.I Steel my role model!

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  • Misty Mississippi
  • 09-16-17

Amazing!

Writing at it's very best! Brilliant on every possible level. Fab narration! Want more! Can't get enough of this author. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-17-21

Just Hated it

Story was to way over the top and rambling, I have read and loved the first 3 books in the series but just hated this one .

Will read the next one just to see if this was a one off dude.

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  • Rubylocket
  • 02-16-21

Not up to standard

There are so many plot holes you could drive a bus through them. Not up to scratch.

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  • Christina Schneider
  • 08-27-20

Too much nonsensical butchery

I really love this series, but couldn’t wait for this one to be over. I just lost track of all the victims and new detectives and detectives that turned into victims. Less silly butchery and more story would’ve been much better!

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  • Sam Wiltsher
  • 07-22-20

Brilliant

Gripping story and great characters, suspense, crime and humour! Love DI Steel, absolutely hooked!! Next!

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  • Chris
  • 06-03-20

enjoyable

As ever it is the characters that drive the narrative. Steele Rennie and of course Logan Mcrae provide both suspense and humour in just the right measure.

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  • EastClareMum
  • 04-14-20

Very intense

Not for the faint of heart! Extremely gorey. Story is excellent. Stuart McBride doesn’t flinch away...

Some great characters- love DI Steele particularly as well as Laz

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  • Janette
  • 09-23-17

Excellent

Another great listen. These just keep getting better and better. Lots of twists and turns a lot of red herrings but a well put together story.

Great narration as always will miss him on the next book.

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  • Stefan Mackay
  • 03-07-21

Brilliant book and fantastic narration

I have noticed some listeners have given a lower rating for this book, saying it was too gruesome.
Personally I thought it was great.
No more gruesome than the first book with the children’s bodies mixed in with all the other bodies.
Stuart MacBride is definitely one of the best crime writers I have ever read.
Add to that the narration by Steve Worsley and you have an amazing tale to devour.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-25-21

Very graffic story not for faint hearted

Very graffic story line not for the faint hearted. But he is a good writer and the characters golden.

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  • Padraig
  • 02-19-19

Unnecessarily gruesome.

This is a well-crafted crime thriller with lots of twists and turns as the story unfolds. My enjoyment was spoiled by the gruesome details of cannibalism which seemed far more than necessary for the story.

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  • Tricia
  • 01-14-19

Too gory

Way to gory for me I struggled to listen to it all
I won’t be listening to any more of his books

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  • lal67
  • 11-11-22

Very gruesome

I had to fast forward quite often as it was way too gory for me.

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  • Gayle Mason
  • 04-07-21

A bit gory ..be warned

A good story as always but as the title suggests it is very gory. I fast forwarded it in quite a few places.

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  • Diana Lee
  • 03-09-21

Best story yet

This story was incredible, again the characters and the plot were so well written, and the way Steve Worsley reads just brings the whole thing to life. Twists and turns I did not see coming.
Gruesome in many places, but also a good laugh at times.
I can get enough of Stuart Macbrides books.

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  • IanKH
  • 12-24-20

Below the standard of the preceding books

I listened to the first three books in this series. The first was really good but, in my opinion, they get progressively worse. In this tale main character, Logan McRae, comes across as a whining loser that just lets himself get bullied and pushed around by everyone. All the detectives of lower rank come across as moronic (despite qualifying to become detectives) and everyone who is of higher rank is a bully and by the time you get to this book it wears very thin. The best character, by far, is DI Steel and she could possibly make a far more interesting protagonist.

The story itself is not up to the standards of those preceding it. This is unfortunate because the stories and the voice performance, were what made them worth listening to.

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  • Rae
  • 09-21-19

Couldn’t finish it

The suffering of victims was too hard to tolerate. Am also tired of the bullying, unhealthy, ugly, self-serving character of most of the protagonists. Logan might try standing up to treatment that shouldn’t be tolerated. God help us if that’s what our police force consists of.