Halfhead

  • by Stuart B. MacBride
  • Narrated by Angus King
  • 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Terrifying serial killer thriller set in the gritty Glasgow of the near future, from the best-selling author of the Logan McRae series.There are worse things than the death penalty....
They call them halfheads: convicted criminals, surgically mutilated and lobotomized by the State, then sent out to do menial jobs in the community so everyone will know what happens when you break the law. There are no appeals, no reprieves, and no one ever comes back. Until now.
Dr Fiona Westfield, one of the most prolific serial killers Glasgow has ever seen, is waking up. Surrounded by blood and death and darkness.
William Hunter has risen through the ranks since putting Westfield away; now he's Assistant Network Director, in charge of police actions. But a routine murder investigation is about to embroil him in an appalling conspiracy.
The vast connurb blocks on Glasgow's deprived south side are ready to explode. Eleven years ago the VR riots killed millions - now someone wants to start them all over again. And Will is being dragged back into a past he desperately wants to forget....

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What the Critics Say

"Slick, gruesome and brutally intelligent, this is bare knucklesthriller-writing." (Michael Marshall)
"Compelling." (SFX)

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Customer Reviews

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Worrying!

The theme is nightmarish! Criminals are lobotomised and have their lower jaws removed. However in one case it went wrong. The scariest of the villains is regaining her memory and wants to rebuild her shattered face and body. Then she wants revenge. I started to cheer for the villain. The world that is portrayed is so grim that the reader starts to sympathise and identify with a psychopathic murderer. That is scary!
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- Ian

Futuristic local storytelling

If you could sum up Halfhead in three words, what would they be?

Futuristic detective story


What other book might you compare Halfhead to, and why?

Cold granite by Stuart MacBride, gritty, dark humour Scottish detective storytelling.


Have you listened to any of Angus King’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Haven't heard Angus King before but did enjoy his storytelling. For me he has a pleasing and listenable voice with good character interpretation.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There wasn't any particular moments in the book but it all presented a Glasgow of the future which was bleak and polarised with criminals being used for menial duties to serve the rest of the population.


Any additional comments?

Having listened to a couple of Stuart MacBride books i enjoy the gritty and dark humour in his stories. Its nice to have stories from Scotland that are from areas i have visited and can relate to. Ok they are very dark but is that not what happens in real life and in some cases humour can come from that and as human nature being what it is we laugh.

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- Reg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-10-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited