cover image Close to the Bone

Close to the Bone

Stuart MacBride. Harper, $24.99 (528p) ISBN 978-0-00-734426-0

In Scottish author MacBride’s predictably grisly but cleverly twisted eighth thriller featuring Det. Insp. Logan McRae (after 2011’s Shatter the Bones), the Aberdeen cop looks into the case of a man found strangled and stabbed with a burning tire around his neck, suggesting a gangland execution. The local filming of a popular fantasy novel, Witchfire, makes Logan realize that the horrific manner of death is straight from the novel’s story of an alt-universe Scotland. Suspecting a crazed fan of turning fiction into reality, Logan revisits a neglected missing persons case, the disappearance of teenagers Agnes Garfield and Anthony Chung, uncovering disturbing connections. Saddled with an over-eager new underling, Det. Sgt. Lorna Chalmers, Logan must stay one step ahead of a killer whose crimes are becoming even more horrific. MacBride’s humor is as dark as his plot, and Logan continues to impress as a scarred but persevering hero. Agent: Philip Patterson, Marjacq Scripts. (May)