His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick MacRae (Man Booker Prize Finalist 2016)

Author(s): Graeme MacRae Burnet


Man Booker Prize Shortlist Finalist A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? And will he hang for his crime? Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire. They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked. Chief among the papers is Roderick Macrae s own memoirs where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose. There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macrae s motive and his sanity into question. Graeme Macrae Burnet s multilayered narrativecentered around an unreliable narratorwill keep the reader guessing to the very end. His Bloody Project is a deeply imagined crime novel that is both thrilling and luridly entertaining from an exceptional new voice."


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Man Booker Prize Finalist Graeme Macrae Burnet makes such masterly use of the narrative form that the horrifying tale he tells in His Bloody Project, a finalist for this year s Man Booker Prize, seems plucked straight out of Scotland s sanguinary historical archives. --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review Burnet is a writer of great skill and authority . . . few readers will be able to put down His Bloody Project as it speeds towards a surprising (and ultimately puzzling) conclusion. Financial Times "A stellar crime novel and a wrenching historical portrait, HIS BLOODY PROJECT also succeeds at lyrically questioning whether it's possible to know another man's mind--or even desirable. The novel sends out vines in all directions, its characters' tangled motives obscured by tragedy and lies."-Lyndsay Faye, author of Gods of Gotham "Psychologically astute and convincingly grounded in its environment . . . a fine achievement. The National Fiendishly readable . . . A psychological thriller masquerading as a slice of true crime. . . The book is also a blackly funny investigation into madness and motivation. The Gaurdian . . .sly, poignant, gritty, thought-provoking, and sprinkled with wit. Publishers Weekly, starred review One of the most convincing and engrossing novels of the year. The Scotsman A truly ingenious thriller as confusingly multilayered as an Escher staircase Daily Express There is no gainstaying the ingenuity with which Burnet has constructed his puzzle. . . The Telegraph A masterful psychological thriller Ian Stephen, author of A Book of Death and Fish A gripping crime story, a deeply imagined historical novel, and gloriously written all in one tour-de-force of a book. Stevensonian that s the highest praise I can give. Chris Dolan, Sunday Herald, Books of the Year Psychologically astute and convincingly grounded in its environment, this study of petty persecution and murder is a fine achievement from an ambitious and accomplished writer. Richard Strachan, The National Masterful, clever and playful . . . one of the most experimental and assured authors currently writing in Scotland Louise Hutcheson, A Novel Bookblog One of the most enjoyable and involving novels you ll read this year - Alistair Braidwood, Scots Wha Hae"

Graeme Macrae Burnet has established a reputation for smart and literary mystery writing with his highly praised first novel, The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau, which was featured in the List s Top Scottish Books of 2014. He was born and brought up in Kilmarnock and has lived in Prague, Bordeaux, Porto, and London. He now lives in Glasgow, Scotland."

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  • : 9781510719217
  • : Skyhorse Publishing
  • : Skyhorse Publishing
  • : October 2016
  • : 231mm X 157mm X 28mm
  • : books

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  • : Graeme MacRae Burnet
  • : Hardback