The Skeleton Road

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The Skeleton Road

By Val McDermid

Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802123091, 384pp.

Publication Date: December 2, 2014

Description
Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid is one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business, whose acutely suspenseful, seamlessly plotted novels have riveted millions of readers worldwide. In "The Skeleton Road," she delivers a gripping standalone novel about a cold case that links back to the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.
In the center of historic Edinburgh, builders are preparing to demolish a disused Victorian Gothic building. They are understandably surprised to find skeletal remains hidden in a high pinnacle that hasn t been touched by maintenance for years. Who do the bones belong to, and how did they get there? Could the eccentric British pastime of free climbing the outside of buildings play a role? Enter cold case detective Karen Pirie, who gets to work trying to establish the corpse's identity. And when it turns out the bones may be from as far away as former Yugoslavia, Karen will need to dig deeper than she ever imagined into the tragic history of the Balkans: to war crimes and their consequences, and ultimately to the notion of what justice is and who serves it.
"The Skeleton Road" is an edge-of-your-seat, unforgettable read from one of our finest crime writers.


About the Author
VAL MCDERMID is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty-five crime novels. She has won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other awards; her novels have been selected as New York Times Notable Books and have been Edgar Award finalists. She was the 2010 recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Crime Writing. In 2011, she received the Pioneer Award at the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards. Her work has been published in forty countries, and more than twelve million copies of her books have been sold around the world. She lives in Edinburgh.

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