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His Bloody Project
by Graeme Macrae Burnet | Mystery & Thrillers
Registered by wingGhaneschawing of Gmunden, Oberösterreich Austria on 4/7/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGhaneschawing from Gmunden, Oberösterreich Austria on Friday, April 07, 2017

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The year is 1869. A brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but it falls to the country s finest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence. Was he mad? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between Macrae and the gallows.

Graeme Macrae Burnet tells an irresistible and original story about the provisional nature of truth, even when the facts seem clear. His Bloody Project is a mesmerising literary thriller set in an unforgiving landscape where the exercise of power is arbitrary.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGhaneschawing at Bookcrossing Convention Oslo 2017 in St. Hanshaugen bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Friday, April 21, 2017

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Released 1 yr ago (4/22/2017 UTC) at Bookcrossing Convention Oslo 2017 in St. Hanshaugen bydel, Oslo fylke Norway


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Journal Entry 3 by wingmelydiawing at Centreville, Virginia USA on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Picked up at the 2017 BookCrossing Convention in Oslo, Norway. Looks interesting. 

Journal Entry 4 by wingmelydiawing at Centreville, Virginia USA on Saturday, September 16, 2017

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This is fiction masquerading as nonfiction, as documents relating to the murders committed by Roderick Macrae in 1869. It starts with a handful of statements from neighbors, a lengthy confession of sorts written by the accused, a narrative from a prison psychiatrist (or the 19th century equivalent), and a description of the trial and its immediate aftermath. And to be honest, I was pretty underwhelmed. For the sake of realism, I assume, the writing was kind of stilted and emotionless. The outcome of the trial was abrupt, predictable, and unsatisfying. There was all this build-up and then nothing: the long tale of Macrae's short life leading up to the murders, a blowhard who may or may not have any idea what he's talking about, and that's it. The sensation caused by the trial was described with such little detail it wasn't even interesting, which was extra disappointing. In the end, I think that's my main issue with this book: it had a lot of unmet potential. The level of setting detail and character depth involved here could have woven into an intricate and memorable story. Instead, it was a largely forgettable tale about poor Scottish farmers mistreating each other. 

Journal Entry 5 by wingmelydiawing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Released 9 mos ago (10/15/2017 UTC) at Alexandria, Virginia USA


Bringing this to today's BCinDC meetup in Alexandria, VA. If nobody claims it, it'll be wild released nearby.

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