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The Grave Tattoo

Val McDermid, Kate Reading (Read by)

Compact Disc

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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (1/31/2007)
Hardcover, Large Print, Large Print (6/1/2007)
Hardcover (2/6/2007)
Paperback (4/29/2008)


After torrential summer rains uncover a bizarrely tattooed body on a Lake District hillside, a long-disregarded old wive's tale takes on a chilling new plausibility. For centuries, Lakelanders have whispered that Fletcher Christian, made infamous by Mutiny on the Bounty, staged the massacre on Pitcairn so that he could return home. And once there, what if he could tell his story to an old friend and schoolmate, William Wordsworth, who turned it into a long narrative poem--a poem that remained hidden lest it expose Wordsworth to the gallows for harboring a fugitive. Wordsworth specialist Jane Gresham, herself a native of the Lake District, feels compelled to discover once and for all whether the manuscript ever existed--and whether it still exists today. But as she pursues each new lead, death follows hard on her heels. Suddenly Jane is at the heart of a 200-year-old mystery that still has the power to put lives on the line.

Praise For The Grave Tattoo

Advance Praise for The Grave Tattoo:
"A world-class crime novelist at the top of her game."--George Pelecanos, author of Hard Revolution
"Val McDermid at her very best."--Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Company Man
"It is difficult to find words to capture the masterful achievement that is Val McDermid's The Grave Tattoo."--Laura Lippman
"If you haven't discovered her genius yet, you are in for a rare treat."--Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of The Innocent
"Absorbing modern mystery...McDermid's mix of historical and literary clues with modern detection is handled with panache."--The Times (London)
"One of our most accomplished crime writers...compelling."--Glasgow Herald
"An irresistible combination of contemporary psychological thriller and historical mystery filled with the moody atmosphere of the Lake District."--Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Harvest "I've been a Val McDermid fan all her work, The Grave Tattoo is an experience...a visceral entertainment that leaves you panting right up to the shattering climax ."--Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of The Kingdom Keepers

Macmillan Audio, 9781427200631

Publication Date: February 6, 2007

About the Author

Val McDermid was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer living in South Manchester. In 1995, she won the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year. Her novel, "A Place of Execution," won a "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and named a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year.