When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen's investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a world of intrigue and betrayal, spanning the dark days of the Balkan Wars. Karen's search for answers brings her to a small village in Croatia, a place scarred by fear, where people have endured unspeakable acts of violence. Meanwhile, someone is taking the law into their own hands in the name of justice and revenge -- but when present resentment collides with secrets of the past, the truth is more shocking than anyone could have imagined ...
In this standalone novel (not part of McDermid’s Hill/Jordan series), the setting is Edinburgh, the town McDermid has recently made her home after living in England. An intractable cold case investigation: a Gothic building is being renovated when a skeleton is discovered. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is handed the thankless task of discovering who these dusty bones belonged to, but she is to find that a raft of dark and dangerous secrets will be dragged into the light. Her investigation obliges her to visit a dangerous Croatia and see at first hand the horrors of the Balkans conflict. But as Karen uncovers uncomfortable truths, there is an individual cutting a violent swathe through luckless victims, ruthlessly enacting a very personal concept of justice and retribution. The reckoning, when it comes, is grim. McDermid admirers know that her books will always incorporate cutting social criticism with the drama.
Publication date: 11/09/2014
Publisher: Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||11th September 2014|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies. She has won many aw ards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and w as the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh. In 2016 Val was ...More About Val McDermid