His Bloody Project: Documents relating to the case of Roderick Macrae

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Saraband, Nov 3, 2016 - Fiction - 282 pages
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The year is 1869. A brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but it falls to the country’s finest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence. Was he mad? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between Macrae and the gallows. Graeme Macrae Burnet tells an irresistible and original story about the provisional nature of truth, even when the facts seem clear. His Bloody Project is a mesmerising literary thriller set in an unforgiving landscape where the exercise of power is arbitrary.

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User Review  - dylkit - LibraryThing

Somehow not as great as the sum of its parts, it just did not quite seem to hang together. It perhaps owes a bit to "Justified Sinner" without the psychological depth. It tries very hard and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - N.W.Moors - LibraryThing

While this book is fictional, I was constantly marveling at the material that so brilliantly makes up the story. The author seems to use a memoir, court proceedings, newspaper articles, and other ... Read full review

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Born in Kilmarnock, Graeme Macrae Burnet is among the UK’s leading contemporary novelists, having achieved both critical acclaim and best-selling status around the world. He lives in Glasgow, where he studied film and English literature. After teaching English overseas and working as a researcher in the television industry, he won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013 and now writes full-time. He is best known for his dazzling Booker-shortlisted second novel, His Bloody Project. Graeme is also the author of two French-set detective novels: The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau (2014) and The Accident on the A35 (2017). Case Study is his fourth novel.

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