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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

"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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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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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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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
  • Worsley, United Kingdom
  • 15-09-17

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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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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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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Crikey!!!

Another excellent read, however, it has put me off meat for good. After preparing a meal earlier in the day, of steak and salad I sent my husband out for fish and chips. I think I am going vegetarian Stuart’s book was nothing if not explicitly descriptive.

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Brilliant

Ok so there was the usual over the top drinking and abysmal staff management, but this story was so good. Made me laugh and, I hardly believe this, but it made me cry!! Won’t say when as it would be such a spoiler.
I did work out whodunnit, but not till the end. Plotting, red herrings, all great, but I think I would end up clobbering Steel.
It is quite gory and for those who don’t like swearing there is quite a bit scattered around.

But all in all a great book, and let me not forget a superb narrator.

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A Bit Weird

Great narration as usual but this time around the book was a bit weird for my taste (no pun intended). No real ending either. Am sure many will enjoy it though.

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  • Bob
  • BRISTOL, United Kingdom
  • 17-04-18

The bloodiest book ever...

Not for the faint hearted! Excellent story with the usual, interesting, characters. More blood and gore than you can shake a stick at. That said, touches of humour lighten the whole story. Black comedy indeed! Best in the series in my view. On to the next...

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  • Lia
  • 22-05-18

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
  • 19-09-17

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
  • 15-09-17

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
  • 09-09-17

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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  • Nutmeg
  • 12-07-18

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
  • 03-07-18

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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  • Diane M. Weinman
  • 22-02-18

Gory

I really like the Logan McRae series and the author has a wonderful sense of humor, but the gore is hard to ignore. I fast forward because I enjoy the books so much.

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  • K. Wainwright
  • 04-02-18

Suspense

Suspense right to the end!!! Love the characters. Not for the squeamish. Best one so far.

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  • SerenitySue
  • 07-01-18

Started strong but ended weirdly

I've read the first three in the series and looked forward to the author's continuing character development and plot development The book started strong but wandered into a strange twist . After this plot point the story became disjointed and gross. I felt another writer revealed himself and tried a clumsily dark and revolting side. The author should keep to what works best: a believable story, quirky characters and realistic crimes solved.

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  • Russell Stuart
  • 16-11-17

excellent reader, good story.

liked it.. excellent reader, good story. enjoyed the hook. looking forward to the next book.