The Grave Tattoo

The Grave Tattoo

By (author) Val McDermid

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In "The Grave Tattoo," suspense master Val McDermid spins a psychological thriller in which a present-day murder has its roots in the eighteenth century and the mutiny on the "H.M.S. Bounty." After summer rains uncover a corpse bearing tattoos like those of eighteenth-century seafarers, many residents of the English Lake District can't help but wonder whether it's the body of one of the town's most legendary fugitives.Scholar and native Lakelander Jane Gresham feels compelled to finally discover the truth about the myths and buried secrets rooted in her hometown. What she never expected was to find herself at the heart of a 200-year-old mystery that still has the power to put lives on the line. And with each new lead she pursues, death follows hard on her heels ."

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  • Paperback | 434 pages
  • 106.68 x 170.18 x 33.02mm | 430.91g
  • 29 Apr 2008
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312936109
  • 9780312936105
  • 73,650

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Author Information

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 for "The Mermaids Singing." 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.

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“Exciting…wildly beautiful” —"The New York Times Book Review"“An old-fashioned detective yarn with enough modern touches to keep a reader on her toes.”—Salon.com“Extraordinary.”—"The Boston Globe"“Irresistible.”—Tess Gerritsen

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"From bestselling author Val McDermid comes a modern thriller about an ancient murder set on the high seas ""Exciting wildly beautiful" --"The New York Times Book Review"After summer rains uncover a corpse bearing tattoos like those of eighteenth-century seafarers, many residents of the English Lake District can't help but wonder whether it's the body of one of the town's most legendary fugitives."An old-fashioned detective yarn with enough modern touches to keep a reader on her toes."--Salon.comScholar and native Lakelander Jane Gresham feels compelled to finally discover the truth about the myths and buried secrets rooted in her hometown. What she never expected was to find herself at the heart of a 200-year-old mystery that still has the power to put lives on the line. And with each new lead she pursues, death follows hard on her heels ."Extraordinary."--"The Boston Globe""

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