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Flesh House (Logan McRae #4)

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Those who like their crime thrillers diamond hard (but shot through with macabre humour) need look no further than Stuart MacBride. As Flesh House, his latest, once again proves, he has few equals in this area, and is more than worthy of the ever-growing legion of admirers he is gleaning. His tough protagonist, Logan McRae, is once again negotiating the mean streets of Abe ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published 2008
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Neil
This was book 4 in the Logan McRae series, and possibly not one for the squeamish. 20 years ago there was a spate of gruesome killings in Aberdeen. One man was arrested and imprisoned, now his appeals have been upheld and he has been released. The killings have started again, and Logan finds himself as part of the large task force engaged in capturing the Flesher. Had the right man been imprisoned originally, did he have an accomplice, or were they barking up the wrong tree the entire time.
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Michelle
Gruesome is not the word for this book. At times i had to put it down it was so graphic and i havent ate meat the whole time i was reading it and im not sure ill ever be able too again so this book is for all those wanna be veggies out there - after reading this book your never eat meat again.

Was a good book though and i was hooked from the start. Was nice to read a book where the local police were not super heros like they normally are. They came across as everyday people and the story lines on
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Elizabeth Moffat
This is the fourth book in the Logan McRae series, and has to be my favourite one so far. Twenty years ago, a serial killer known as The Flesher, terrorized Scotland by dismembering his victims and eating them. A man called Ken Wiseman was fingered for the murky deeds but escaped jail time on a technicality which has always infuriated Logan’s boss, Insch who played a major part in his conviction and trial. Fast forward to the present day where butchered human remains are found in food about to b ...more
Helen
Flesh House by Stuart MacBride is the fourth book in the “Cold Granite” series that focuses on DS Logan McRae. As an avid fan of crime books and even more so of crime series, it’s hard to find a writer that manages to write a series that not only sticks to characters but also allows them to grow and develop without completely destroying them. The characters are all down-to-earth as well as completely realistic through highlighting their failures but also how they work well together as a team. Th ...more
Ian Robinson
I've only just started reviewing books on here, so although this is the sixth MacBride I've read, this is the first one I've reviewed. Really enjoyed it, as well as all the others. I'm a big fan of series books over standalones, especially in this genre, much for the same reason that I'm a fan of TV programmes over standalone films - and that is because I enjoy hanging out with the same characters again and again, and for long periods of time. I like getting to know the characters and experienci ...more
Michael
Aberdeen is being terrorized by a cannibalistic serial killer who dismembers corpses and also has the unfortunate habit of somehow getting human body parts into the food chain. Not surprisingly, considerable pressure is brought upon the police, including DS Logan McCrae, to solve the grisly crimes committed by "The Flesher." Little is know about him except that he wears a Margaret Thatcher mask, is exceptionally cunning and frightening deadly, and may not be the person who was convicted of the c ...more
Ian Mapp
I think on the fourth of the series I finally get Stuart Macbride.

He constantly paints the police as failures - not really know what they are doing and bungling raids and the investigations.

He also writes such over the top violence (and sometimes sex) that he must be out just to shock the people that read these crime series.

And I bet they love him for it. After they complain at how disgusting it all is.

Usualy characters - bungling copper with home issues, over the top head who contantly explodes
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Graeme Wyllie
Ok, wow! I've always known that scottish meat is something nasty, a pale grey mass that is boiled till all flavor is gone and then boiled some more but this book pretty much guarantees that next time I'm in Scotland, I'll be going vegetarian.

This is the 4th in the Logan McCrae series and part of my ongoing series reread. It's tartan noir, set in Aberdeen Scotland where DI McCrae gets involved in the reappearance of a truly disturbing serial killer called the Flesher who not only butchers his vi
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Allan Nail
So, I was going to do this tomorrow. I finished the book a little before ten, and was just going to go to bed. Do this tomorrow. But I was restless, wanted to start another book, but couldn't bring myself to do so without writing my little review. And so, here I sit, in my jammies, writing about one sick bastard. I'm looking at you, Stuart MacBride.

There's got to be a point where description turns to pornography, right? A limit to the amount of glee a writer can take in describing the violence o
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Tam
Good, but an ordeal to finish. After awhile it seemed like the gore was inserted to make the book longer, but it didn't necessarily make it better.
Sandie
Eight years ago, a serial killer made Aberdeen a terrified city. He kidnapped couples from their houses, leaving behind copious amounts of blood, then took the couples to another location where he killed them and butchered the bodies. 'The Flesher' was captured and put in jail, only to be released eight years later on a legal technicality.

Now, butchered bodies are showing up again, and the human flesh has made it's way into the human food chain as human remains are found in a butcher shop. The
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Doug Dams
This is the 4th book of the Logan McRae series and it was the most horrific in terms of the murders and people injured and harmed. It's the story of McRae trying to catch a serial killer known as "The Flesher", that kills his victims, butchers them and puts the meat into the food chain. The Flesher killed twenty years ago and a man was arrested. He is released 18 years later on a technicality and the murders begin anew. Logan investigates the new killings and then re-investigates the old murders ...more
Caroline
Well-written tartan noir police procedural set in gritty, rainy Aberdeen, Scotland. Overall, the writing was strong, although the plot did bog down several times. Because this story involves a serial killer who butchers his victims, the description of the violence, involving meat packing plants and "fleshers" (a term for butchers),is extremely graphic and grisly. If you aren't a vegetarian at the start of this novel, you may well be one by the end.
Niki Costantini
Uno dei migliori polizieschi degli ultimi tempi. Non solo per la trama originale e l'azione serratissima, non tanto per "la ferocia inaudita" reclamizzata in copertina (cosa che non corrisponde nemmeno tanto al vero), ma per l'ironia che traspare ad ogni pagina.
L'autore è riuscito a comporre una strana mistura: un serial killer, delitti efferati, un plot a prova di bomba e personaggi sì realistici, ma che nello stesso tempo agiscono e si muovono in una dimensione parallela quasi grottesca.
È un
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Gem Routledge
I've read a few of the Logan McRae novels now, and I have enjoyed each one immensely. I like the fact that it doesn't matter if I read them in the order they were published or not, I can pick one up and fall straight into Logan's hectic life. I started reading this book one night when I couldn't sleep, and I found myself reading until 5am until I literally couldn't keep my eyes open any more, and after I'd had some sleep I started reading again and finished it soon after.The characterisation is ...more
Lara
Another gripping page turner from Stuart Macbride. I'm reading them in order, so this is my fourth, not sure it's my favourite but it had me gripped nonetheless. I got a little confused at the beginning, as the personal story of DS McRae didn't seem to run on from the last book, and I had to double check I hadn't missed one out, but it turns out this book is 18 months further on. I wasn't sure if the documentary element added anything to the story line to be honest, but these points aside it's s ...more
Christine
Love the humour in Stuart McBride's books but if there are this many murrrrrrrrrders in his other books there will be no locals left to kill off!
Heather (DeathByBook)
Gruesome and at times hilarious...I'm a little in love with DS McRae this week.
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Stuart MacBride is the legendary Scottish crime writer behind the protagonist Detective Sergeant Logan McRae, and Flesh House is the fourth in the series.

I fell in love with Stuart MacBride after seeing him in an interview some time ago. He made me laugh and was instantly likeable, so I decided to read one of his many novels (14 at last count). I settled on Flesh House because the plot sounded interesting and it was one of the higher rating novels when I added it to my TBR list.

So, how was it?

F
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Karen
If you are teetering on the edge of fully-fledged vegetarianism FLESH HOUSE could be the trigger that pushes you over. MacBride is one of those author's who seem to be able to take the grotesque, the frequently cruel and absolutely obscene and wrap that in humanity. FLESH HOUSE is one of those books. At points you're giggling away at the magnificently over the top DI Steel, feeling for the put upon DS McRae, wondering whether DI Insch is really going to burst a blood vessel, and at the next minu ...more
Cphe
There is already a comprehensive synopsis available on this book. The author has again delivered an intricate and convoluted story involving The Flesher. As with previous books there are several investigations running concurrently for DI McRae and the other officers at Grampion Police to sort. In this book it is dealing with The Flesher from the past and in the present.

There were some very dark themes running through this book, more so then earlier books in the Logan McRae series. Also the dark
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Stuart
This is the fourth of the Aberdeen-based DS Logan McRae series. It zipped along like an express train, as the Aberdeen Police Force chase a serial killer called The Flesher, who dismembers his victims and either dines on his work, or cooks them for other victims, Yik! I think that's my first criticism of the book. Does it have to be so gruesome? Anyway, a similar set of crimes was committed 20 years before, and a person called Ken Wiseman was prosecuted for them, but the prosecution failed to st ...more
Victoria
The fourth book in the Logan MacRae series definitely stands out amongst the other novels in the series. It has a flashier style with its newspaper clippings serving as chapter breaks. Even images are included! And the camera crew following DI Insch allows for screenplay like snippets to be added as well. This very multimedia angle adds to the overall excitement. When combined with the central plot - a gruesome, cannibalistic serial killer (nicknamed “The Flesher”) makes a return to murder after ...more
Laura
This is a definite DO NOT READ if you didn't like Silence of the Lambs (or books of that ilk). Very, very dark and twisted mystery here.

DS McRae is still struggling with the higher ups, as well as being torn between DI Steel and DI Insch. Then someone discovers human flesh in a container of food being shipped to a North Sea oil rig... and more in the supplier's freezers... and later even more in an abattoir and, well, things get really difficult. "The Flesher" was a criminal from Insch's past, a
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LJ
FLESH HOUSE (Pol. Proc-DS Logan McRae-Scotland-Cont) - Good
MacBride, Stuart – 4th in series
HarperCollins Publishers, 2008, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780007244546

First Sentence: ‘No, you listen to me: if my six year old son isn’t back here in ten minutes I’m going to come round there and rip you a new arsehole, are we clear?’

Twenty years ago, there was a serial killer knows as “The Flesher” who was purported to kill people and eat them.

Now, seven years after the killer has been released from prison
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Spuddie
#4 DS Logan McRae series set in Aberdeen, Scotland. Logan and his co-workers are on the trail of The Flesher, a serial killer who butchers his victims like cattle and dines on his work. He first surfaced nearly twenty years previously, when Logan's boss DI Insch was on the case and failed to successfully prosecute Ken Wiseman, the man everyone knew was guilty. So when human remains turn up at Wiseman's cousin's butcher shop, and several bloody murders ensue, the hounds are once again after Wisem ...more
Heather Dalgarno
The fourth book in Stuart Macbride's DS McRae series is a decent addition to the series, with plenty of pace and his trademark gore.



But.....



I do get the feeling that he thinks up the gore first, and the plot second. I'm not a real crime afficionado, but even I though there were some holes in the plot of this one, in particular in explaining the motivation behind the serial killers crimes. It was a very interesting MO, and a great deal of page space is given to describing the details, but the fin
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CuteBadger
Stage 3 of my re-read of Stuart MacBride and though I remembered a lot of the plot of Flesh House from my reading at the time of initial publication, I had forgotten just how gory and grisly it is. Definitely not for the easily upset and definitely in the mould of Stephen King and James Herbert (which is what the author set out to do).

I felt the emphasis was too much on the horror and not enough on how the characters develop in response to the horror. My least favourite of the first three Logan
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Lili
So disappointed, loved the earlier books but this seems written to shock it is macabre, ghoulish and gruesome. It is a shame because the character of Logan McRae was an inspirational creation but loses credibility in this book. The author is able to inject humour into the most dire situations unfortunately this time the plot is over the top. I will continue to read his books as I have number 5 ready to go.
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Stuart MacBride (that's me) was born in Dumbarton -- which is Glasgow as far as I'm concerned -- moving up to Aberdeen at the tender age of two, when fashions were questionable. Nothing much happened for years and years and years: learned to play the recorder, then forgot how when they changed from little coloured dots to proper music
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Logan McRae (10 books)
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