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The Grave Tattoo

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/ Key title Present-day murder has its roots in the eighteenth century and the mutiny on the Bounty in this highly acclaimed new psychological thriller. / Val McDermid is one of the hottest writers of psychological thrillers and her books are consistently Top Ten bestsellers. / The fourth series of 'Wire in the Blood', based on the bestselling Tony Hill thrillers and featuring Robson Green, is due for transmission in autumn 2006, raising this author's profile even further. / Massive marketing campaign -- trade, promotions and consumer advertising including outdoor and national press. / National review coverage expected. / HB spent 3 weeks in Top 10 Bestsellers; Val's pb sales are now over 800,000. / Winner of the Gold Dagger award for 'The Mermaids Singing'. / Competition: Minette Walters, Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter

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 years as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. Now a full-time writer, she divides her time between Cheshire and Northumberland. Her novels have won international acclaim and a number of prestigious awards, including the Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year, the Anthony Award for best novel, and the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award. Her thriller series featuring criminal profiler Tony Hill has been adapted into the much-loved TV series Wire in the Blood.


McDermid's (The Torment of Others) latest novel begins with the discovery in a Lake District bog of an old body bearing distinctive Polynesian tattoos from the 1800s. Jane Gresham, a William Wordsworth scholar who was raised near where the body is found, has always been intrigued by the local legend that Fletcher Christian wasn't killed on Pitcairn Island and wonders whether the body could be his. She knows that Christian and Wordsworth were schoolmates and has found a letter pointing to a secret manuscript Wordsworth may have written that she hypothesizes may tell the story of the mutiny on the Bounty from Christian's viewpoint. However, Jane is not the only one interested in the existence of the manuscript-and someone may be willing to kill for it. McDermid is the winner of numerous mystery/detective book awards, and her latest effort is sure to please her fans, although new readers may be disappointed that the novel is less about the historical characters than the modern ones. Recommended.-Lisa O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnepeg Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Praise for 'The Grave Tattoo': 'Absorbing modern mystery!McDermid's mix of historical and literary clues with modern detection is handled with panache.' The Times '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 'A cleverly plotted thriller. It should gain her a crowd of new fans.' Guardian 'One of her best.' Literary Review 'One of our most accomplished crime writers!compelling.' Glasgow Herald Praise for 'The Torment of Others': 'One of McDermid's finest, which is saying a lot' The Times 'Val McDermid is an intelligent, supremely talented novelist and with this latest tale, she is writing at the height of her power. Utterly compelling' Glasgow Herald 'Serial killers, though meat and drink, to crime writers, are thankfully rare. It is a tribute to the power of Val McDermid's imagination that she made this one seem so believable' Daily Telegraph 'Complex, combative and nuanced' Express 'Val McDermid, as ever, is adept at engendering irresistible suspense, as the fearsome attractiveness of the ever more benighted and bloody predicament works its effect on readers' Times Literary Supplement 'There are some terrific twists. McDermid gives a new jerk to the storyline and the chase is on again' Scotland on Sunday 'No one compares to McDermid' Guardian 'This is McDermid on top form - pass the valium' Daily Mail

Adult/High School-During an English summer of record-breaking rains, a peat bog in the Lake District opens to reveal a 200-year-old body bearing South Pacific island tattoos. The area, home to Romantic poets, is where Jane Gresham, Wordsworth scholar, grew up, and she finds her interest piqued by the news. She has long believed that Fletcher Christian, HMS Bounty mutineer, didn't die on Pitcairn Island but returned to England. She has theorized that Christian recounted his adventures to his old schoolmate Wordsworth, who wrote them down, and those documents and a related poem, now worth millions, lay forgotten in a local home. In the race to retrieve the valuable manuscripts, Jane finds herself competing against sinister forces that would stop at nothing, including murder, to reach them first. The suspenseful story and its subplots, which include Jane's friendship with 13-year-old poetry-loving Tenille, who lives in Jane's London public housing project, create an absorbing thriller. McDermid establishes a strong sense of place in the atmospheric and pastoral Lake District that contrasts sharply with the sprawling housing project. Historical and literary references to Wordsworth's life and work and to the South Pacific adventures of the Bounty mutineers all help to make this novel come alive. Teens will enjoy the lively characters, brisk pace, and careful unraveling of the centuries-old mystery with its satisfactory conclusion.-Susanne Bardelson, Kitsap Regional Library, WA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

An intriguing, 200-year-old mystery propels this multilayered stand-alone from British author McDermid set in England's Lake District. Scholar Jane Gresham pursues her theory that HMS Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian returned secretly from exile to his homeland in the late 18th century. A shriveled body found in a bog seems to bear resemblance to this dashing hero, right down to the South Sea tattoos that blacken his buttocks. Jane searches relentlessly for a lost manuscript by the poet Wordsworth that relates Christian's tale in tantalizing excerpts between chapters. Various subplots complicate her quest, including a fraught friendship with precocious 13-year-old Tenille, a lonely, mixed-race girl who also loves Romantic poetry. With a feminist, socially conscious spin, McDermid (The Distant Echo) vividly contrasts marginal subsistence in London's dismal Marshpool neighborhood with the Lake District's bucolic lifestyle. Boasting blurbs from such notable authors as Harlan Coben, Tess Gerritsen and Joseph Finder, this could be McDermid's break-out book. 100,000 printing; author tour. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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