A 200 year-old-secret is now a matter of life and death.
And it could be worth a fortune.
It′s summer in the Lake District and torrential rain has uncovered a bizarrely tattooed body on a hillside. Could it be linked to centuries-old rumours that surround Fletcher Christian, mutinous First Mate on the ill-fated Bounty, a legendary massacre on the strange island of Pitcairn, and Christian′s possible return to England?
Jane Gresham wants to know. An expert on Wordsworth, she has a theory that the Lakeland poet, a childhood friend of Christian′s, had harboured the fugitive and turned his tale into an epic poem - which has since stayed hidden. But as she follows each lead, death is hard on her heels. The 200-year-old mystery is putting lives at risk. And it isn′t just the truth that is waiting to be discovered, but a bounty worth millions of pounds...
About The Author
Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She is now a full-time writer and lives in South Manchester.
'An irresistible combination of contemporary psychological thriller and historical mystery' Tess Gerritsen 'Cunning and gripping... A substantially entertaining novel which grips the reader's interest from the first page until the final deeply satisfying sentence' Express 'Trying to solve a 200-year-old mystery becomes increasingly lethal and readable' Mirror 'One of the world's leading mystery writers...Thomas Harris crossed with Agatha Christie, if you will... A great read. England's heritage history has never been so chilling' Observer 'Safe for the squeamish... one of her best' Literary Review
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 4th March 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.3 x 18.1 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.41