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BOOK REVIEW: FLESH HOUSE
BY STUART MACBRIDE

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MacBride's books are usually straightforward police procedurals, with a wry undertone of ironic humor and patient exasperation with the dailiness of a modern day workplace. In this latest, he adds gruesome to the mix, and, what do you know?, it works! He discusses reader reaction to this in his blog: http://halfhead.blogspot.com, and I recommend you navigate over there and read his entries beginning on October 31.

Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae is an Aberdeen, Scotland police officer. Readers who have followed this series are familiar with his immediate superior's eccentricities; his not so successful love life; his perennial failures to achieve a much needed day off. All of these elements are still present, but MacBride ups the ante in FLESH HOUSE - with a nauseating series of truly horrific murders.

When a container ready for shipment out to a North Sea oil rig is found leaking, and the fluid turns out to be a rancid product of decaying human remains, the polic track down the source to local butcher. More body parts are discovered in cold storage there, and public attention fastens on a newly released convict, who was convicted of similar crimes several years ago.

Yet MacRae's investigation - struggling at all times against the obstacles placed in his path by his supervisors and coworkers - leads him to suspect a copycat at work. The tally of deaths continues; tragedy strikes very close to the heart of the Aberdeen police force; and the public clamor continues for justice and not (surprisingly) safety in the local food supply.

This is not a book for the squeamish, but for MacBride fans, it's his usual good read.

REVIEWED BY WOODSTOCK

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