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Flesh House (Logan McRae #4)

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The 4th thriller in the Number One bestselling 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 t ...more
Paperback, 595 pages
Published January 5th 2009 by Harper (first published 2008)
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Phrynne
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stuart MacBride teeters on the edge of being totally gross with this one! I have seen several reviews where the writers advise not to eat whilst reading this book. I totally agree!
Nevertheless it is an excellent book, so grim and dark and yet frequently laugh out loud funny. The police procedural aspects are very well done and I really enjoyed working out the killer's identity at the same time as the police did using the same clues. There was still a degree of surprise at the end but it was not
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Rachel the Book Harlot
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of this series.
"DI Steel yawned, stretched, then said, 'What's green and smells of pork?'

Logan didn't look up from the copy of yesterday's
Evening Express he'd found on the back seat. 'No idea'.

She grinned at him. 'Kermit's willy!' Pause for laughter. Nothing. 'Miserable sods.'"


Logan and crew are back in Flesh House, the fourth installment of the Logan McRae series. This one was a lot darker and gorier than previous books (seriously, don’t eat while reading this), but it also contained a nice dose of humor
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Siobhan
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth Logan McRae novel, and Stuart MacBride is slowly working himself higher up my list of favourite authors.

Since picking up the first Logan McRae novel, Cold Granite, I knew I was onto something good with Stuart MacBride. I love crime thrillers, adore police procedurals, and he was offering me all that I wanted and then some. He offers great mystery. He keeps you guessing throughout. There are plot twists. There are great characters. The humour is dark. The story is grizzly. He has it al
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Roy
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really getting into these now. A serial killer from the past had just been released due to an appeal. Human bodies have just washed up in a shipping container. The past catches up to the group in Aberdeen in this episode. Gruesome fast paced and very funny. Im enjoying the characterisation as we now slowly learn more about each one. The growth of Logan is also really good, as he's now standing up for himself aand not holding back. Some scenes were a little horrific but thats what youd expect ...more
Neil
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Then
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Michelle Sibley
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Rebecca Martin
I've read the first four books in this series in order, because the first one showed promise. Obviously, I have continued to read them. There are certain things that have bothered me throughout the series though and I have to say something at this point.

1. I know that the Scottish legal system differs from that of England and, of course, they both differ from the American system. I know, in particular, that there are significant differences regarding search warrants. It is really starting to bug
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Mystereity Reviews
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.
MadProfessah
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Wow! Definitely the goriest and most violent of the DS Logan McRae books to date.

The story is based around cannibalism and police misconduct.

Logan is still a great character although he does make some questionable decisions at the very end of the book.

It's the most experimental of MacBride's mysteries to date, with the inclusion of tabloid inserts describing some of the action in the book.

Plus there's the multiple hallucinations by one of the victims of the Flesher.

DI Insch and DI Steel are maj
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Ellen
Flesh House by Stuart MacBride.

Alert: This book is not for the faint of heart.

DS Logan McRae is on the trail of a serial killer known as The Flesher. He's not the only Detective that's been on this manhunt. It's been going on for over 20 years. Then the complications begin and they begin with Detective Inspector Insch. Apparently it's come to Logan's attention protocol has not been followed and that's putting it mildly. Has the wrong man been in prison for all these years because of a major foul
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Elizabeth Moffat
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: written-review
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
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Once again Mr MacBride delves into his seriously weird mind and brings up the story of a seriel killer who is butchering people and adding their flesh to the food chain.
Lots of false turns in this story and the killer is not evident until the very end.

Logan is still a D.S. in Aberdeen but is offered the chance of becoming a D. I. in the Midlands, a new job which he decides is just what he needs, but things don't go to plan and he is once again stuck with D.I. Steele. D.I. Inch his other nemesis
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Andrew
Book 4 of the series is perhaps the most stomach churning so far which does raise the question about why I find the books so readable and entertaining. I suspect it is that I have grown used to the slightly comic element to the writing with DS's Steel and Insch providing a curious double act and enjoy the characters .
The only slight reservation is that sometimes the plot stretches credibility and the Aberdeen police force cannot surely be so incompetent as they are here portrayed. Still escapist
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Candace
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, well, what can I say? I obviously really liked this book, but it's not a story for everyone...I have a long medical background and it's a well known fact that we can talk about the grossest things while having a meal. MacBride is great at dark humor and easily makes a story about murder with cannibalism amusing in parts, primarily due to DI Steel...think Vera but much, much ruder. I don't like stories with torture so, although these murders are creepy, death is quick. The rest of the story ...more
Allan Nail
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Luca Lesi
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gesù Cristo, fa freddo.
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Un serial killer, cannibale, un ispettore assassinato, una scia di morti, un colpevole che non lo è ... insomma gli ingredienti ci sono tutti ma è la scrittura esemplare di McBride a rendere avvincente e non scontato questo libro.
Non decade mai nell'ovvio ma sfiora a tratti lo splatter, non concede un attimo di tregua ma non rinuncia a quell'umor noir che lo contraddistingue. Uno dei libri migliori, tutti intensi, dello scrittore scozzese di Aberdeen.
Panic strikes the Gra
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Graeme Wyllie
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Eadie
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Description
The 4th thriller in the Number One bestselling crime series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. Panic grips The Granite City as DS Logan McRae heads up a manhunt for 18The Flesher 19 13 one of the UK 19s most notorious serial killers.

The case was closed. Until the killer walked free 26

When an offshore container turns up at Aberdeen Harbour full of human meat, it kicks off the largest manhunt in the Granite City 19s history.

Twenty years ago 18The Flesher 19 was butchering peop
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LJ
Aug 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Paul Wardman
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was less than impressed with the third book in the series and said in my review I hoped this one knocked it out of the park. It certainly did.

This book was gross. Incredibly gross. Don't read while you're having lunch gross (which I did) and I really liked it. What attracted me to Macbride's books was how dark they could be and this fit the criteria perfectly.

It was a welcome change for him to have grown a backbone and started standing up for himself against Insch (slightly) and especially S
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Michael
Aug 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not read a book in this series for a while so took me a while to get into it and remember past characters and relationships. But have to say this is a gritty read due to the nature of the crimes. Well paced, detailed, the main characters struggling to solve it along with there relationship issues. Once I got into it I just didn't want to put it down. In the end sat and read for about 3 hours solid. Even the TV was switched off. Looking forward to see how the next book in the series.
Ian Mapp
Mar 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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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Ili Anuar
It was such a frustrating read. It seems like Logan is the only sensible cop who actually knows how to do his job. Everybody else is either too busy whining or doing something annoying. At some point, I thought, are these people really cops? Are they even qualified to be cops? They let too many people die that in the end I didn't even know how many people were actually murdered throughout the book. Some parts are disturbing with very gruesome and violent scenes. And the ending left me frustrated ...more
Nick Davies
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, 2011
Though even darker than his previous books, this was very enjoyable. It's a measure of a good book how keen I was to continue reading (I was up late for several nights in a row determined to read just one or two more chapters, despite being cream crackered!). Though parts of it were stomach-churningly unpleasant, and despite aspects of it being a little confusing (some parts seemingly weren't resolved fully), this was my favourite Stuart MacBride so far.
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.
Neil
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stuart MacBride goes too far overboard with the gore with a confusingly plotted thriller that left me ultimately cold. The humour that made his previous novels so distinct is dialled down and even characters I'd enjoyed before felt two dimensional and flat. A thriller-by-numbers that falls short of his own standards.
Amanda
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The storyline was good but hard to follow some of the narrative as it was written with a scottish accent. The ending was quite disappointing. Not a book for everyone as it is a bit gruesome in places.
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