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

“Clever, playful and bleakly funny, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau has all the makings of a cult classic.” – Louise Hutcheson, ANovelBookblog

“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

“The novel moves at a smooth, easy-going pace, interspersed with scenes of caustic intensity and photographic precision . . . an absorbing and multi-layered read.” – Dundee University Review of the Arts

Praise for His Bloody Project:

“A truly ingenious thriller as confusingly multi-layered as an Escher staircase.” – Jake Kerridge, Daily Express

“A gripping crime story, a deeply imagined historical novel, and gloriously written – all in one tour-de-force of a book. Stevensonian – that’s the highest praise I can give.” – Chris Dolan, Sunday Herald, Books of the Year

“A masterful psychological thriller.” – Ian Stephen, author of A Book of Death and Fish

“Psychologically astute and convincingly grounded in its environment, this study of petty persecution and murder is a fine achievement from an ambitious and accomplished writer.” – The National

Masterful, clever and playful . . . one of the most experimental and assured authors curr

Graeme Burnet

Graeme Macrae Burnet was born and brought up in Kilmarnock and now lives in Glasgow. In 2013, he won a Scottish Book Trust New Writer's Award and his literary crime novel The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau was published by Saraband the following year. His second novel, His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae, which concerns a triple murder in Wester Ross in 1869, came out in 2015, and will be published In the US and Germany in 2017.