Don't miss the series that inspired the major ITV drama, Karen Pirie, starring Lauren Lyle - The Skeleton Road is the third Karen Pirie thriller
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'Gripping, thought-provoking and original - a tour-de-force' Literary Review
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 dark world of intrigue and betrayal.
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 . . .
An atmospheric, chilling mystery from the number one bestseller.
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 third book in the bestselling Karen Pirie series.
The discovery of a man's skeleton atop an Edinburgh building slated for demolition kick-starts Diamond Dagger Award winner McDermid's hit-or-miss follow-up to 2008's A Darker Domain. Det. Chief Insp. Karen Pirie identifies the remains as those of Gen. Dimitar "Mitja" Petrovic, an intelligence expert with ties to the Croatian army, NATO, and the U.N. Karen learns that he had lived for years with Oxford University professor Maggie Blake, who met the general during her time as an academic in Dubrovnik during the Balkan conflict. Maggie, who hasn't seen or heard from Mitja in eight years, always assumed that he returned to Croatia. The answers lie in the past, particularly the bloody Serb-Croat conflict in the 1990s, so it's inevitable that Karen and Maggie end up traveling to Croatia. McDermid does a fine job recreating the brutal Balkan years, but the characters lack depth, leaving readers yearning for the richness of her long-running Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.
Absolutely cracking read!
A slow start builds into an informed and thought provoking story that has gripped me to the end. It encouraged me to read more on the conflicts and I've finished the book with a deeper understanding of the world and what has gone before. Highly recommended reading.
Thought provoking, tells a story that goes behind the news we see on our screens. How can we ever understand the hatred that separates one 'tribe' from another. This book is not easy to put down.
Way too much like a moral history lesson with a plot tagged on.