Close To the Bone, Paperback Book

Close To the Bone Paperback

Part of the Logan McRae series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The third consecutive No.1 bestselling crime novel from the author of the DI Logan McRae series and Birthdays for the Dead. Sticks and stones may break your bones... The first body is chained to a stake: strangled, and stabbed, with a burning tyre around its neck.

But is this a gangland execution or something much darker? Someone's leaving little knots of bones on DI Logan McRae's doorstep, but he's got bigger concerns.

Rival drug gangs are fighting over product and territory; two teenage lovers are missing; someone's crippling Asian immigrants; and Logan's been lumbered with an ambitious new Detective Sergeant and gained the unwelcome attention of the local crime boss. When another body turns up, the similarities between these murders and the plot of a bestselling novel seem like more than just a coincidence. And perhaps those little knots of bones are more important than they look...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780007344291

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Nothing I can add plot wise. But enjoyment wise, it says it all in that I started reading it in the shop and had to buy it. Given that it's book 8 in a series, it can be read as a stand alone but there are references to things which previous reading would have aided understanding. I was distracted by Samantha- I wished I'd of known she was in a coma. There were times when the question of what is going on with her? bugged me more than the identity of the murderer. I loved Logan straight away. I did find his thoughts written at the same time as he was listening to someone a bit confusing- but don't we all do we speak / listen our thoughts are somewhere else or thinking something else?The only character I thought unrealistic was his boss, and the way he speaks to her. But given some things I has she adopted his daughter in a donation deal? Maybes not so. There's now a massive Macbride hole in my reading life...wish I could start right at the beginning with Cold Granite as I'd planned.

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This complex mystery has multiple story lines.There is a movie being filmed in Aberdeen, Scotland, about witchcraft. Someone begins imitating the film and murdering people then leaving their bodies in the same way as the movie. Soon after the story begins, police find a body that had been necklaced. The man's head was forced into a tire, his arms trapped, and then set on fire.DS Logan McRae investigates while in his unit, they are investigating a gang rivalry. People begin showing up at the hospital who were beaten and had their knees broken.DI Steel, McRae's superior is a cigarette smoking, wise cracking crank. The banter between she and Mc Rae add an element of humor between the gruesome crimes.A gangster, Wee Hamish, is a somewhat friend of McRae. He is ill and wants McRae to be his executor and become head of his enterprises upon Hamish's death. However, one of Hamish's goons also wants the job and makes his wishes known to McRae in an unpleasant manner.With the large cast of characters and many cops doing various investigations, it seems like a modern episode of the old TV show Hill Street Blues.I enjoyed the author's colorful writing style, "But it was her hair that really stood out. And up. And in every other direction as if she had combed it with an angry cat."With the large cast and many nicknames I did find myself confused at times but still enjoyed the novel and await McRae's next adventure.

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