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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781490633015
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Internationally bestselling crime writer Val McDermid is one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business, whose acutely suspenseful, seamlessly plotted novels have riveted millions of readers worldwide. In her latest, The Skeleton Road, she delivers a gripping standalone novel about a cold case that links to the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.

In the center of historic Edinburgh, builders are preparing to convert a disused Victorian Gothic building into luxury flats. They are understandably surprised to find skeletal remains hidden in a high pinnacle that hasn’t been touched by maintenance for years. But who do the bones belong to, and how did they get there? Could the eccentric British pastime of free climbing the outside of buildings play a role? Enter cold case detective Karen Pirie, who gets to work trying to establish the corpse’s identity. And when it turns out the bones may be from as far away as the former Yugoslavia, Karen will need to dig deeper than she ever imagined into the tragic history of the Balkans: to war crimes and their consequences and ultimately to the notion of what justice is and who serves it.

The Skeleton Road is an edge-of-your-seat, unforgettable read from one of our finest crime writers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gripping read.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “Once again McDermid delivers a faultless performance.”

    Times (London)

  • “With considerable skill, McDermid juggles serious themes with great assurance, and there are set pieces that are as good as anything she has written.”

    Independent (London)

  • The Skeleton Road is McDermid back to doing what she does best: dispensing utterly riveting crime fiction…The real coup of the book is new detective Karen Pirie, who joins McDermid’s well-stocked gallery of distinctive characters.”

    Express (London)

  • “Atmospheric and chillingly disturbing.”

    Irish Independent

  • “McDermid does a fine job recreating the brutal Balkan years.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The backdrop of the Balkan Wars results in some unexpected plot twists but also leads to a loftier examination of the morality of vengeance. However, Pirie’s humor and tenacity balance the larger issues, introducing a crime novel that is both enjoyable and irresistible.”

    Library Journal

  • This stand-alone from McDermid combines conscientious detection with heartfelt reflections on the enduring power of the Yugoslavian breakup to wreak violence long after the 1995 Dayton Accords.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Val McDermid’s stand-alone novel crosses geographical boundaries: a crime in Scotland, persons of interest in England, and possible ties to the Balkans. Davina Porter’s narration consistently maintains the authenticity of the accents and clearly distinguishes among the subplots…The thriller excites, and the audio will keep listeners fully engaged.”

    AudioFile

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About the Author
Author Val McDermid

Val McDermid is the author of the popular Kate Brannigan series, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, and the Lindsay Gordon series. She has also written a number of other standalone works, including A Place of Execution, Killing the Shadows, The Distant Echo, and Stranded, a collection of short stories. Before becoming a writer full-time, McDermid worked at the Manchester Evening News as a crime reviewer, and she still writes regularly for a number of national newspapers. She currently divides her time between Manchester and Northumberland, England.

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration.She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and The Square One Theater, among others.