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McDermid, Val. THE GRAVE TATTOO - Harper Collins 2006

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The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid. 2006 - Harper Collins. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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Title The Grave Tattoo
Author Val McDermid
Publisher Harper Collins
Edition First UK edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2006
ISBN 0007142854
Cover Price 17.99
No. Pages 465
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 0.86

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by a number 1 on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and silver lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £17.99.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publishers stamps.

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Val McDermid

Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. Mcdermid was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid, but is now a full time writer of crime novels.

Val McDermid has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and is the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010.

Synopsis of this title

In a novel reminiscent of The Rule of Four, The Dante Club and The Historian, suspense master McDermid spins a psychological thriller in which a present-day murder has its roots in the eighteenth century and the mutiny on the H.M.S. Bounty. After torrential summer rains uncover a bizarrely tattooed body on a Lake District hillside, long discarded old wives' tales takes on a chilling new plausibility. For centuries, Lakelanders have whispered that Fletcher Christian staged the massacre on Pitcairn so that he could return home. And there, he told his story to an old friend and schoolmate, William Wordsworth, who turned it into a long narrative poem--a poem that remained hidden lest it expose Wordsworth to the gallows for harboring a fugitive. Wordsworth specialist Jane Gresham, herself a native of the Lake District, feels compelled to discover once and for all whether the manuscript ever existed--and whether it still exists today. But as she pursues each new lead, death follows hard on her heels. Suddenly Jane is at the heart of a 200-year-old mystery that still has the power to put lives on the line. Against the dramatic backdrop of England's Lake District a drama of life and death plays out, its ultimate prize a bounty worth millions.

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*Starred Review* Scottish crime novelist McDermid once again proves herself the consummate storyteller in this clever blending of history, mystery, verse, and vice. In the opening pages, readers meet modern-day Wordsworth scholar Jane Gresham, who has found a telling letter from the late poet's wife. Could Wordsworth have penned a heretofore-undiscovered epic about Fletcher Christian, the British sailor responsible for the 1789 mutiny on the HMSBounty? (If so, Wordsworth, whom Jane wryly dubs one of the original literary spin doctors, would have had every reason to stay mum to protect his image.) A tattooed corpse that surfaces in Jane's native Fellhead, England, may very well be Fletcher, despite historical documents insisting that he lived out his days in the South Pacific. Determined to track down more literary clues, Jane leaves behind her cheap London flat and temporary jobs to return to her parent's farm. But she can't escape her past: ex-boyfriend Jake, who has devious reasons for wanting to rekindle their relationship, and Tenille, a bright but troubled mixed-race teen who sees Jane as the sole salvation in her dead-end life. Against the backdrop of England's idyllic Lake District, McDermid (The Distant Echo, 2003) renders a supremely satisfying tale in which matters of heart and mind are entwined.

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