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'A compulsively readable tale' Irish Times
'Another stellar read from McDermid, and further evidence that her "Queen of Crime" status will not be challenged' Scotsman
'Somebody has been here before us. And he's still here . . .'
When a body is discovered in the remote depths of the Highlands, DCI Karen Pirie finds herself in the right place at the right time. Unearthed with someone's long-buried inheritance, the victim seems to belong to the distant past - until new evidence suggests otherwise, and Karen is called in to unravel a case where nothing is as it seems.
It's not long before an overheard conversation draws Karen into the heart of a different case, however - a shocking crime she thought she'd already prevented. As she inches closer to the twisted truths at the centre of these murders, it becomes clear that she's dealing with a version of justice terrifyingly different to her own . . .
Number one bestseller Val McDermid returns with a breathtakingly atmospheric and exhilarating novel.
Praise for Val McDermid:
'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail
'As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get' Sunday Express
'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review
'McDermid remains unrivalled' Observer
'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent
This is the fifth book in the bestselling Karen Pirie series.
In McDermind's fine fourth novel featuring Edinburgh Det. Chief Insp. Karen Pirie (after 2016's Out of Bounds), Alice and Will Somerville, a married couple, set out on a treasure hunt in the Scottish Highlands. They have a map to guide them to the spot where Alice's grandfather buried two American motorcycles in protective boxes in 1944 when he was serving in the British army. To their surprise, they discover a body along with the motorcycles in the peat. When Pirie is called to the scene a rarity for a cold case detective, getting to see the body in situ she realizes the peat's preservation properties have worked in her favor. A forensic anthropologist identifies the victim as a professional athlete, who disappeared around 1995, based on his shoes. But even with a name, reconstructing a decades-old murder is tricky, and this time there's a lot of pressure from above to solve it. Meanwhile, Pirie becomes embroiled in a contemporary crime involving domestic violence. As always, McDermid's story lines are as richly layered as her protagonist.)
Characters are developed consistently while still able to surprise and shock. Not as breathtaking as Place of Execution but plenty to hold you to the end. Places come to life through detailed description. Interweaving time zones grounds the unfolding events in their murky past. The quality of her writing holds you to the last page.
Brilliant must get the others in this series
The author’s simplistic prejudices spoil this book.