"Close to the Bone," is a complex mystery with multiple story lines. In one, there is a movie being filmed in Aberdeen, Scotland. Someone is imitating the film by murdering people in imitation of the horror movie. A few pages into the story, police find the body of a man who was necklaced- his head was forced into a tire, his arms trapped and he was set on fire.
DS Logan McRae has been promoted to acting Detective Inspector. He investigates while at the same time, a gang rivalry has a number of people coming to the hospital badly beaten and with their knees broken.
DI Steel is a compulsive cigarette smoker and wise cracker. Her humorous banter with McRae lifts the reader after some of the gruesome scenes.
An old friend of McRae, Wee Hamish, is ill and wants McRae to act as his executor and take over his business enterprises. One of the man's goons wants the job too and shows his feelings by punching McRae in the nose.
With a large cast of characters, the reader gets a feeling of the old TV show, Hill Street Blues. There are many investigations happening at the same time and their is a friendly rivalry to arrest the guilty person.
McRae's writing is first rate, "But it was her hair that really stood out. And up. And in every direction as if she'd brushed it with an angry cat."
The story is lengthy and best read slowly to appreciate the dialogue and Scottish setting. With the number of characters and nicknames, I found myself uncertain of who was who but otherwise I enjoyed the story and await the next adventure of Logan McRae.
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Mike Draper (mikedraper)
Michael A.Draper retired from working as a financial planner with Mass Mutual. Married to Diana for 48 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters. … more
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