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The Grave Tattoo - Val McDermid


Published: 4th March 2010
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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

ISBN: 9780007344604
ISBN-10: 0007344600
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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