The Grave Tattoo

The Grave Tattoo


By (author) Val McDermid


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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 434 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 170mm x 33mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 29 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312936109
  • ISBN 13: 9780312936105
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 78,416

Product description

In a novel reminiscent of The Dante Club and The Historian, suspense master McDermid spins a psychological thriller in which a present-day murder has its roots in the 18th century and the mutiny on the HMS Bounty. Martin's Press.

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Author information

VAL McDERMID grew up in a Scottish mining community and read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer. 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 was named a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year. She lives in the north of England.

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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.”—“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"