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

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The story of Roderick MacRea and a sudden act of extreme violence in a tiny Scottish village is told through court documents, personal accounts, and a "memoir".  Through his fictional but seemingly authentic evidence, Burnet expertly portrays not only a tortured, hopeless teenager and his trajectory toward murder but the utter bleakness of life in the Scottish Highlands in the mid 19th-century.  --Christopher

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Man Booker Prize Finalist, LA Times Book Prize Finalist, and New York Times Editor's Choice, and an American Booksellers Association National Indie Bestseller
Named a Best Book of 2016 by Newsweek, NPR, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Sunday Times
In the smash hit historical thriller that the New York Times Book Review calls "thought provoking fiction," 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 narrative--centered around an unreliable narrator--will 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.

About the Author


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781510719217
ISBN-10: 1510719210
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Pages: 300
Language: English