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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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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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thrilling from go to whoa

love the readings of the Logan McCrae series, the accent is spot on. highly recommended!

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  • LP
  • 07-09-2018

Clever

I enjoy these books, somewhat graphic in parts balanced with laugh out loud moments. great characters.

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MacBride could do with a blade sharpner

some interesting layers and twists to the story, but found this book a bit slow and repetitive

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The best Logan McRae book of them all.

Shocking in its violence but mesmerizing. Convincing red herrings abound so the reader is kept guessing to the end. No plodding procedural this; enough background stories to raise this story well above your average crime novel. Fascinating.

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as gruesome as you can get

insane story. the ending? Not sure I fully get it but it does leave the door open for future episodes. gripping stuff abd brilliantly read again.

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  • Lia
  • 22-05-2018

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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  • SFBookLover
  • 19-09-2017

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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  • Donna
  • 15-09-2017

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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  • Maine Knitter
  • 09-09-2017

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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  • Deb
  • 20-10-2018

Very bloody

Every murder & dismemberment — and there are too many — described in excruciating and exhausting detail. Book required heavy editing.

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  • Dany Scott
  • 24-09-2018

Great series!

Very well written and what a cast of characters. The narrator is perfect for this series and does a great job with men and women"s voices, drunks, different accents/dialects, children,.etc.! The stories take you through a variety of emotions. In-between horrific killings, and the banter and interactions between the main characters, including imitations of a ringing phone, "brrriiing", "click" a bunch of times, make me laugh and shake my head a lot. I'm on to the next book in the series
Audible addict,
Santa Fe, NM

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  • Mark
  • 13-09-2018

Another grusome page turner

Another grusome page turner from Stuart MacBride with enough twists and turns to hold your interest. Narrator Steve Worsley seems to suit the characters he describes well.

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  • Bruce Watford
  • 29-08-2018

Best Yet

I'm reading the Logan McRae books in order and I've read three other Stuart MacBride books. This is the best Logan McRae book so far, second only to the standalone book "A Dark So Deadly".

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  • Nutmeg
  • 12-07-2018

Too gory and disturbing, but so funny at the same time

Awful and wonderful all at the same time. Such a wonderful performance by the narrator. How can it be so funny and also so disturbing? Kind of wish I hadn’t listened to it, but yet...

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  • Pat
  • 03-07-2018

Thinking of Becoming a Vegetarian? Read This Book.

If Hannibal Lector had a deeply disturbed child, this book's suspect is it.

This is my fourth Logan McRae read. I like the character. He is determined, smart and very under-appreciated. The murderer in this book is quite proficient. Body parts cropping up in the food chain. The author is great at describing the truly horrible outcome of people bits being packaged with other meats.

But it just went on and on. I finished the book, hoping for some break In the gore. Nope. All the way to the end.

I'll read more by this author. He's very clever. But this book was simply too disturbing to enjoy..

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  • michelle
  • 25-09-2017

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
  • 23-09-2017

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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  • Misty Mississippi
  • 16-09-2017

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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  • Ms
  • 15-09-2017

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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  • Rebecca Kirsopp
  • 11-05-2018

outstanding

Absolutely loved this book! It's my favourite Stuart Macbride book & one of my all time fav books in general! Fast paced & action packed it will keep you saying 'I'll just read one more chapter'

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  • Flint
  • 10-11-2017

I hated this book

This book is not for the faint hearted, the violence was unrelenting and pointless. The plot was poor and the ending was so disappointing that I felt exploited, I had persisted with the book in the hope that the plot would improve but it it was a total let down. I guessed the identity of the killer long before the end. The previous books in this series were ok but I will not bother with this author again. I don't enjoy graphic violence .

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  • E. Allen
  • 07-10-2017

stomach churner

kept you guessing right to the end who the flesher was. Well worth the listen . few moments will make you grimace

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  • Dewdropdeb
  • 15-11-2018

Series just keeps getting better

Found the first in the series by chance. best crime thriller I'd read in years. I'm now hooked. This one was the beat yet. The narrator was brilliant as always and the story was chilling.

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  • George A Bear
  • 29-10-2018

Book 4 in the Logan McRae series.

Set in Aberdeen, this story follows DS Logan McRae who is having a really bad week: a
container, full of human meat, turns up at Aberdeen Harbour.

Twenty years ago ‘The Flesher’ was butchering people all over the UK - now he appears to be back in Aberdeen.

A good story, with a few twists.

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  • Ronnie Ingledew
  • 23-09-2018

I love these books

Again a gripping story that you can’t put down. The narration is superb Steve Worsley does a fantastic job. I think Steele is a great part off these books very very funny. Now just about to download the next one can’t wait