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This is an effective thriller because it is so intelligent about the ways in which time changes things--secrets that seemed important become trivial and investigative techniques become ever more accurate. It is also intelligent about the ways in which things do not change--the friendships of the four men persist even when one becomes a fundamentalist preacher and another a post-modern literary theorist. Unusually for McDermid, this is a very Scots book as well--the investigating officers Maclennan and Lawson are very much men of a particular time and place. McDermid has a real sense of how to make forensic details count in a murder story--she also, more importantly, has a heart--this is a novel that makes us care passionately about victims and suspects alike. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘A classic … McDermid pulls out all the stops. Impeccable’ Guardian
‘A few more sly, old-fashioned whodunits like this and she’ll join the sturdy ranks of the queens of crime, on course to become Dame Val or Baroness McDermid’ Sunday Times
‘She has created some of the most appealing figures in current crime fiction. Val McDermid has used the crime genre to write a novel that, above everything else, celebrates life and loyalty’ TLS
‘A real page-turner and another McDermid triumph’ Observer
‘A powerful story of murder and revenge … an exciting page-turner’ Sunday Telegraph--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I found it to be a gripping story to the very end and still did not guess the killer. Great bookPublished 1 month ago by dianne tennant
Another gripping crime story from this author. Couldn't put this book down, read it in 2 days!Published 5 months ago by MRS PIERSON
I love Val McDermid's books and this one didn't disappoint. Probably not her best but her usual attention to tight plotting and strong sense of place combine again. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MRS S.A. DENIZ
This is my favourite Val McDermid novel and I think I've just about read them all. The story really takes you from page to page and I found the mystery intriguing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Katherine Pathak