His Bloody Project
Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick MacraeeBook - 2016
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2016 BY NEWSWEEK , NPR , THE GUARDIAN , THE TELEGRAPH , AND THE SUNDAY TIMES
A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE
"THOUGHT PROVOKING FICTION"-- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? And will he hang for his crime?
Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire. They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked. Chief among the papers is Roderick Macrae's own memoirs where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose. There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.
Graeme Macrae Burnet's multilayered narrative--centered around an unreliable narrator--will keep the reader guessing to the very end. His Bloody Project is a deeply imagined crime novel that is both thrilling and luridly entertaining from an exceptional new voice.
From Library Staff
Graham Macrae Burnet's Booker-shortlisted novel is presented as a work of true crime, a collection of documents related to a fictional crime (inspired by a real incident): the brutal triple murder of constable Lachlan MacKenzie and his children by a teenage boy in a 19th-century Scottish crofting... Read More »