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The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid
  

The Skeleton Road

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McDermid fans may well be surprised with this ‘crime mystery’ for it is more a history of the recent Balkan War and the siege of Dubrovnik than it is a whodunit. Yes, there is a body, one Dimitar Petrovik, a colonel in the Croatian army who disappeared after visiting his English lover, for his body turns up in an Edinburgh mock gothic building under repair, but two thirds of the book gives us details of that dreadful war. The terror of bombardments, the deprivations suffered by those under siege and the terrible atrocities carried out by both the Serbs and the Croats are all evocatively described. Containing romance, betrayal, revenge, intrigue and tragedy, this is very different from Val McDermid’s previous novels.

If you like Val McDermid you might also like to read books by Stuart MacBride, Fred Vargas and Jane Casey.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 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.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid

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 ...

Reviews

The book is gripping, thought-provoking and original - a tour de force Literary Review A tense, intelligent and unusual thriller Sunday Mirror The Skeleton Road is McDermid back to doing what she does best: dispensing utterly riveting crime fiction...the real coup of the book is new detective Karen Pirie, who joins McDermid's well-stocked gallery of distinctive characters Daily Express An intriguing mystery to thrill whodunit fans Bella A gripping read Good Housekeeping With considerable skill, McDermid juggles serious themes with great assurance, and there are set pieces that are as good as anything she has written Independent Once again McDermid delivers a faultless performance The Times Atmospheric and chillingly disturbing Irish Independent


About the Author

Val McDermid

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 awarded the Theakston Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. McDermid said: “It's an honour and a thrill to receive this award. The community of writers and readers at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is unlike any other in its warmth and generosity and so this means a huge amount to me. This year sees the publication of my 30th novel and I can't think of a better way to celebrate that.”

In 2010 she received the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Margaret Murphy, then chair of the CWA, said: "The CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger award acknowledges the work of an author who has made an outstanding contribution to the genre. Val McDermid is a worthy winner whose work has entertained and thrilled millions of readers as well as many more who have enjoyed the TV adaptations her books have inspired."

Author photo © Charlie Hopkinson

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Publication date

9th September 2014

Author

Val McDermid

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Publisher

Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
416 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781408704578

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