Graeme Macrae Burnet

His Bloody Project

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WINNER, Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year 2016.

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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340 printed pages
Original publication
Saraband, Contraband


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    I love how this mimicked the non-fiction true crime genre and so if you are a fan of that type of book, you will enjoy this!

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