SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016The 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.
Already established with a reputation for smart literary mystery writing, Graeme Macrae Burnet's first novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau (Contraband, 2014), attracted fulsome critical praise and was a cult hit. He is currently working on a further two novels featuring Georges Gorski, the haunted detective in Adèle Bedeau.