The Grave Tattoo

The Grave Tattoo

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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....show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 434 pages
  • 106.68 x 170.18 x 33.02mm | 430.91g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312936109
  • 9780312936105
  • 93,013

Review quote

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 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 forever...like 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 "show more

About Val McDermid

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.show more

Back cover copy

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.com 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.... "Extraordinary."--The Boston Globeshow more

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3,198 ratings
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4 38% (1,213)
3 33% (1,051)
2 8% (259)
1 2% (75)
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