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The Skeleton Road (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Val McDermid
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When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen's investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a world of intrigue and betrayal, spanning the dark days of the Balkan Wars.



Karen's search for answers brings her to a small village in Croatia, a place scarred by fear, where people have endured unspeakable acts of violence. Meanwhile, someone is taking the law into their own hands in the name of justice and revenge -- but when present resentment collides with secrets of the past, the truth is more shocking than anyone could have imagined . . .



Atmospheric, spine-chilling and brimming with intrigue and suspense, this is Val McDermid's richest and most accomplished psychological thriller to date.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 862 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 416 pages
  • Editeur : Sphere (11 septembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IA2E72C
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 retour au sommet 11 novembre 2014
Par Pascale TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
Format:Format Kindle
Après la déception de "Châtiments", j'ai eu le plaisir de retrouver Val McDermid en grande forme dans "The Skeleton Road". Un meurtre inexpliqué en Crète, un squelette retrouvé sur un toit d'Edimbourg, le tribunal international de La Haye sur la piste d'un mystérieux justicier qui semble vouloir régler ses comptes lui-même, un professeur de géopolitique qui n'a pu oublier son histoire d'amour intense avec un colonel croate,: tels sont les fils à partir desquels Val McDermid tisse une histoire intéressante et émouvante, voire insoutenable parfois.
Ce roman ne fait pas partie de la série Tony Hill et en diffère légèrement : outre le "whodunnit" traditionnel et bien ficelé, il nous emmène dans les méandres cruels de l'histoire récente des Balkans. Rien de rébarbatif cependant, même pour ceux qui comme moi ne sont pas férus de géopolitique: les éléments de contexte historique nécessaires à la compréhension sont bien expliqués et jettent un éclairage pertinent sur un pan dramatique de l'histoire européenne du XXème siècle. La fin a le mérite d'être surprenante alors qu'en soi, la résolution n'était certes pas un chef-d'oeuvre de mystère...
Lecture à la fois instructive par son cadre et divertissante par son intrigue classique, "The Skeleton Road" fait partie des bons crus de Val McDermid et je ne peux que vous le recommander...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gripping 12 octobre 2014
Par sara66
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have read all Val McDermids books and think this is the best.
So well researched and the characters believable .
Kept me up late trying to finish it
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of her best; complex and thought provoking 11 septembre 2014
Par Bookie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Val McDermid's latest offering, The Skeleton Road, is a tour de force. In a brave and striking departure from her 'series' stories, this is a standalone psychological crime thriller. It's an excellent murder mystery which draws together a number of seemingly disparate threads.

DCI Karen Pirie heads up the cold case unit in the new Police Scotland. Strapped for resources and cash, she and her likeable sidekick have to deliver. A long dead corpse is discovered in a disused and inaccessible tower in Edinburgh. A man dies as he enters his apartment in Crete. Add an Oxford professor, war crime investigators, the Balkan conflict with themes of revenge, retribution, justice, loss and love, mix well and you have something of the flavour of this extraordinary story. I was absolutely gripped from start to finish.

A murder mystery moves seamlessly to an exploration of geopolitics and genocide; the breadth of this canvas is simply breathtaking. The plot moves back and forth between Edinburgh, Croatia and Oxford. A fascinating first person backstory is used to dramatic effect to both explain and keep the plot moving. I was reading rapidly with no idea how the threads could possibly be drawn to conclusion. And what an ending; I was left literally open mouthed at the final page. The great delight in this book is the empathy that builds for a central character. The minor players in the story are well fleshed out so people have a real feel to them. Ms McDermid knows what makes people tick. Her characters are strong and the psychological insights are perceptive and enthralling. I was left wondering who was capable of what and was wrong footed at every turn. There's a great sense of place too. I could visualise a fraught journey down the Queensferry Road and the war ravaged village in Croatia had me close to tears. Some very powerful writing!

This is a truly skilful and well crafted tale. I'd love to see further stories featuring Pirie, but maybe that's part of the skill. Knowing when to walk away leaving the reader breathless and wanting more. Gripping, thought provoking and just downright bang on story telling. This is one that'll stay with me for a while.

My thanks to publishers Little Brown for an early copy via Netgalley.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 This one just wasn't for me. 22 septembre 2014
Par Scarlet Aingeal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I received a copy of The Skeleton Road from the publisher in return for an honest review.

I wanted to like this book, I tried to stick with it in the hopes that I would get into the flow of the story as I progressed. I'm now 55% and I'm having to admit defeat and place this one on the did not finish pile. I just kept finding myself tuning out and skipping parts because I was starting to get really bored with it.

The characters in this story, just didn't work for me. I can honestly say there wasn't one that I could relate to or even like, in fact most of them irritated me. Karen for example, I like strong female characters in stories but being a strong female does not mean being a total bitch to almost every guy you meet. It does not mean treating them like they are thick or inferior. If anything it means rising above it all and setting an example, proving them wrong despite their attitudes. I get that it's not easy being a female in her position but cmon, making yourself exactly like the stereotypical male you dislike to start with and treating your male colleagues and others in the way you dislike them treating females, total hypocrite.

The male characters are all written like they are stupid and have no idea what they are doing. Again this is no way to balance the story to make the female characters look stronger. You don't need to make every male character sound like an idiot in order to have a strong female. I find it kind of insulting that the author wants me to believe than in order for a female to stand out she has to be surrounded by bunch of idiots.

The Scottish slang annoyed the hell out of me. For example "taking the mince" really? Talkin' mince, yes. Takin' the mickey, yes. Or the more commonly used here in Scotland "Takin' the pish" yes. Taking the mince, never heard a Scot say that ever.

This is supposed to be a psychological thriller, but it reads more like crime fiction. It's too slow for it to even come close to a thriller and as for being a psychological thriller, the only thing it did to my psyche, was put it to sleep.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant again. 17 septembre 2014
Par Liz Wilkins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Publication Date: Available Now.

Source: Publisher Review Copy

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen's investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a world of intrigue and betrayal, spanning the dark days of the Balkan Wars.

So a standalone book this time,(No Tony Hill) an excellent and very involving read showing once again that Val McDermid is pretty much in a class of her own when it comes to Crime Fiction.

Here we find Karen Pirie (A Darker Domain), on the cold case squad and tasked with discovering the identity of some remains discovered on the roof of a long abandoned building - as the case progresses she becomes embroiled in a vendetta with its roots in the Balkan Conflict.

Extremely gripping throughout, with a multi stranded story and some very haunting and evocative details about the atrocities in the Balkans, this was really part murder mystery and part history lesson, whilst still being highly entertaining. Some great characters (lets hope Karen returns one day) and a truly compelling tale of violence and judgement that was at times truly chilling, I found myself more interested in the past than the present, our victim being rather enigmatic I was really keen to find out the truth.

The mystery element is extremely well constructed as always, even though the murderer was fairly obvious I think that this added to the tale rather than took away from it - because the heart of the story was not "whodunnit" but a real opportunity to explore themes of loss and revenge. Ms McDermid as always does not pull any punches in her descriptive prose and this brings to horrific life the details of war and the atrocities that can occur, often unnoticed. I particularly liked how the focus was not on the "Headline" making events but rather on the smaller, violent occurrences that were going on daily and not always talked about.

Overall another brilliant read, some of the best crime fiction out there.

Happy Reading Folks!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A welcome return to form... 6 octobre 2014
Par FictionFan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
When a long-dead body is found on the roof of a derelict Edinburgh school, the case is handed to Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie of the Historic Cases Unit. Calling on her friend and colleague, forensic anthropologist Dr River Wilde, for help in identifying the body, Karen soon finds that the victim is of Eastern European origin. So begins a case that is as much about the history of the Serbo-Croatian war of the 1990s as it is about a murder investigation.

When Val McDermid is on form she's one of the best of the current crime writers, and I'm pleased to say that she's on form in this one. Personally I'm glad to see her getting away from the Tony Hill series, which in my opinion has gone on too long and has lost its way over the last few books. (In fact, I haven't even been able to bring myself to read the last couple.) And, unlike her last foray into standalone thriller territory with the truly bad The Vanishing Point, this one is a return to her strengths as a police procedural with an intriguing and believable plot. Although much of the action takes place in Oxford and Croatia, Karen Pirie is based in Scotland and I enjoyed seeing McDermid return to her roots (which she also did very successfully recently in her take on Austen's Northanger Abbey.) Karen is a likeable detective - neither drunken nor angst-ridden, she is in a stable supportive relationship with a man she loves, and seems to get on well with her colleagues, all of which is nicely refreshing.

As the investigation advances, Karen contacts an Oxford University professor, Maggie Blake, who was involved in a scheme to bring 'underground universities' to Croatia just before the war began. While there, Maggie had fallen in love with a Croatian army officer, so stayed on once the war began. Karen hopes she will be able to shed some light on the country at that time, and perhaps more specifically on why the Edinburgh victim may have been murdered. The book is told mainly in the third-person past-tense from Karen's viewpoint, but there are sections between the chapters where Maggie tells the story of her time in Croatia and her return to Oxford after the war. There is another strand which links through the book of two detectives from the International War Crimes Tribunal, who are investigating a string of murders of suspected war criminals. Oddly, it's these characters who provide a bit of much-needed humour to lift the book, despite their task - they are an ill-matched couple, fighting to keep their jobs, and their rather bumbling interactions with each other and Karen stop the book from becoming too oppressively dark.

But the main story is very dark indeed, as we are told of some of the atrocities that happened during that period. McDermid has clearly done her research thoroughly and, although obviously the events in the book are mainly fictional, they have a horrific ring of truth about them. While we're mainly seeing the story from the Croatian viewpoint, McDermid briefly gives the Serbian side of the story too and, while she doesn't attempt to justify, she makes sure the reader is aware of how complex the situation was - not quite as black and white as it is sometimes portrayed. Living through this period as I did, I must say I'm much clearer about what went on after reading this book than I ever was at the time.

The book isn't without its flaws, the main one being that there is too small a cast of suspects and it's therefore pretty easy to spot the solution fairly early on. This seems to be becoming a frequent problem in current crime-writing - the authors seem to be so concerned with cramming in a great deal of research sometimes at the expense of creating a complex mystery. However, taking the book as a whole, the quality of the writing and the depth of the story more than compensate for the weaknesses, and overall I found this an absorbing and satisfying read.

NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Little, Brown Book Group UK.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 McDermid keeps things moving quickly while never allowing any of the plot threads that she so skillfully weaves to tangle. 8 décembre 2014
Par Bookreporter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
First up, some clarification. THE SKELETON ROAD is being marketed as a stand-alone work. It is not. While Val McDermid’s latest novel certainly stands well on its own, it is the second of her books (after 2009’s A DARKER DOMAIN) to feature Karen Pirie, a Scottish cold case detective. This is important because 1) those with long memories who have been reading McDermid’s work might think they are experiencing déjà vu all over again when they encounter Pirie again for the first time, and 2) those who read THE SKELETON ROAD will want more of Pirie, and immediately.

McDermid, as is the case with the majority of her novels, gives the reader more than a standard whodunit. THE SKELETON ROAD has elements of a classic mystery, but also, at least for the first half of the book, creates a “whoisit” puzzle and incorporates a “whydunit” angle into what follows on the way to solving the mystery. The main story kicks off nicely with the accidental discovery of a long-decomposed body concealed on the rooftop of an abandoned building in Edinburgh. McDermid gives us an interesting look at police procedural in general and forensic science in particular as Pirie, utilizing resources at her disposal that Dick Tracy could only dream of, slowly but methodically establishes the age of the deceased at the time of death and, with a bit of computerized legerdemain, links the remains to a (somewhat) dormant bank account and a hotel room.

The narrative is not all police work, however. Pirie’s investigation dovetails nicely into a separate investigation by two government attorneys who are on an odd couple do-or-die mission. They have been tasked to discover who is systematically killing Serbian war criminals who are delaying the ultimate justice they have earned or avoiding it altogether. They suspect that it is the work of Dimitar Petrovic, a Croatian army officer who may be exacting a strong measure of long-delayed revenge over atrocities committed during the Third Balkan War. Petrovic, who abruptly left his paramour --- a college professor regarded as an expert in the conflict --- some eight years before, has seemingly returned. But why now?

Pirie gets drawn into the investigation when the identity of the long-decomposed corpse is ultimately revealed. Her quest to identify the killer takes her to an all-but-abandoned village in Croatia where a somewhat unexpected source directs her back to Great Britain. Here, a long-festering secret is played out even as revenge continues to take its toll.

McDermid defies expectations and stereotypes throughout THE SKELETON ROAD, touching briefly on such contemporary issues as Scottish secession and war crimes. She keeps things moving quickly, switching points of view on a regular basis while never allowing any of the plot threads that she so skillfully weaves to become tangled. What is perhaps most noteworthy about the book, though, is its unpredictability. Even if you guess one or more elements of what lies at the foundation of this mystery, you will never predict them all, or the shocking ending, where everything goes bottoms up while creating the possibility of a sequel or two. This is a work that should please McDermid’s army of stalwart fans while attracting a legion of new ones.

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
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