Internationally best-selling 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 The Skeleton Road, she delivers a gripping
standalone novel about a cold case that links back to the
Balkan Wars of the 1990s.
In the center of historic
Edinburgh, builders are preparing to demolish a disused
Victorian Gothic building. They are understandably surprised
to find skeletal remains hidden in a high pinnacle that
hasnâ€™t been touched by maintenance for years. 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 corpseâ€™s
identity. And when it turns out the bones may be from as far
away as 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
The Skeleton Road is an edge-of-your-seat,
unforgettable read from one of our finest crime writers.