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Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. 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. Download and start listening now!

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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

  • “McDermid fans know the author is a master of incorporating large-scale history and politics into her mysteries…Gripping…An unrelentingly dark read.”

    RT Book Reviews

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About the Author

Val McDermid was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer living in South Manchester. Among her awards are the Gold Dagger 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.

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.