Book Of The Week: The Skeleton Road - Val McDermid

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SHE’s known as the queen of psychological thrillers and I’m pleased to say Val McDermid lives up to that title with her latest gripping mystery.

When a skeleton with a gunshot hole is found at the top of an old building in Edinburgh, DCI Karen Pirie, head of Historic Cold Cases, is called in to investigate. Her inquiries take her to Croatia and the shocking brutality of the Balkans War; as well as to university professor Maggie Blake – who hasn’t seen her Croatian lover for eight years.

Meanwhile, as The Hague winds up its war crimes department, a vigilante killer with inside knowledge is assassinating suspected war criminals. An interesting plot, looking at war crimes, cold cases and retribution, from the perspectives of police, war crimes investigators and those who lived through the conflict, the strands come together with a satisfying conclusion. Atmospheric and chillingly disturbing, it’s another original from this British bestseller with a huge following. Review by Lisa Hylton.

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