His Bloody Project

His Bloody Project

Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae : A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2016
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The year is 1869. After a brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands, a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae is arrested for the crime. A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but the police and the courts must decide what drove him to murder the local village constable. And why did he kill his other two victims? Was he insane? Or was this the act of a man in possession of his senses? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between the killer and the gallows at Inverness. In this compelling and original novel, using the words of the accused, personal testimony, transcripts from the trial and newspaper reports, Graeme Macrae Burnet tells a moving story about the provisional nature of the truth, even when the facts are plain.
Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781441730497
Branch Call Number: CD F BUR
Characteristics: digital, optical, rda
audio file, CD audio, rda
Additional Contributors: Ferguson, Antony - Narrator

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susanchyn
Dec 19, 2016

Unlike any book I have ever read.

This audiobook version of His Bloody Project, replete with a variety of Scottish accents, is at once accessible and subtle.

Through (fictional) historical documents, the murders of Lachlan Mackenzie and two of his children are explained. Yet the accounts differ, and I found myself constantly asking: "Is Roderick Macrae evil? Is he insane? Will he be found not guilty?"

So much rich social, economic and religious detail about the tiny crofting community of Culduie is embedded in the "documents" that make up this novel. The classism of Victorian Scotland, along with the pseudoscientific criminology of that era, is chilling and memorable.

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