His Bloody Project
In 1869, a brutal triple murder in the remote Wester Ross village of Culduie leads to the arrest of a seventeen-year-old crofter, Roderick Macrae. There is no question of Macrae’s guilt, but it falls to the country’s most eminent legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to his bloody deeds. Ultimately, the young man’s fate hinges on one key question: is he insane?
The story ingeniously unfolds through a series of found documents, including police statements; the accused’s prison memoir; the account of renowned psychiatrist, J. Bruce Thomson, culminating in a report of the dramatic trial.
Praise for The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau :
“A captivating psychological thriller . . . Very accessible and thoroughly satisfying.” – Alistair Mabbott, The Herald
“In Graeme Macrae Burnet, we have a refreshing new storyteller, one who presents his morbidly interestingly tales in a most assured and riveting fashion.” – Scottish Books
“Graeme Macrae Burnet creates true noir in the mysterious, funny and intelligent The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau.” – Jen Bowden, Top Scottish Books of the Year, The List, 2014
“A brilliantly crafted novel – a thriller that exudes French class and sophistication. A psychological thriller that has a very dark twist. My favourite novel of 2014!” – Luke Crabbe, Faber Factory Plus, Books of the Year
“An immensely seductive story … The depth of characterisation is what gives this novel its power.” – J David Simons, author of An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful
“An intelligent and stylish crime thriller.” – The List
“Incredibly engaging . . .the writing is evocative and the characters intriguing . . . a great read.” – The Bookseller
Praise for His Bloody Project:
“A masterful psychological thriller.” – Ian Stephen, author of A Book of Death and Fish
“Masterful, clever and playful . . . one of the most experimental and assured authors curr