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Val McDermid

'The Distant Echo'
Harper Collins
Paperback
2004

Val McDermid biography by Chris High

Four in the morning in Fife and four very drunk students stumble across the body of a woman lying in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in an ancient Pictish cemetery and the only suspects are the four young men stained with her blood, having tried to save her life. Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold case review of Rosie's unsolved murder and the four still remain prime suspects.

Front Cover of the bestselling book from Val McDermid - The Distant Echo


This is powerful stuff that takes readers back twenty-five years and then brings them back to the present with a thump and although cold case squads seem to be in vogue at the moment, McDermid takes the subject to a different level with this novel.
The writing is tight, the description vivid and the dialogue natural and believable. But above all, it puts the reader into the minds of the suspects and asks them what they would do in a similar situation, whilst the relationships which had been enjoyed with the other suspects, slowly disintegrates under the pressure.
This is the type of quality writing that has become expected of an author of such standing, as she shuffles through the lives of all of those involved across twenty-five years. The ending, though not entirely surprising, is satisfying in the manner in which all of the loose ends are tied together so that one is never quite sure until the very end.
A high-octane, dilemma-ridden novel, The Distant Echo enthrals from start to finish.

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Other nominations for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 05

  Mark Billingham - bestselling author, actor, TV writer and stand-up comedian is nominated for his book Lazy Bones published by Little, Brown / Time Warner.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Lazy Bones' by Chris high

  Simon Kernick - nominated for his book The Murder Exchange the second in Kernick's loose London-based crime series introduces DS John Gallan and ex-mercenary, Max Iversson.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Murder Exchange' by Chris High

  Ian Rankin - bestselling crime author and famous for the acclaimed Inspector Rebus series is nominated for his book A Question Of Blood published by Orion (Paperback)
Short biography by Chris High
Review of ' A Question Of Blood' by Chris High

  Andrew Taylor - award-winning author of a number of novels, is nominated this year for his book The American Boy published by Harper Collins.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The American Boy' by Chris High

  Minette Walters - her bestseller Disordered Minds is shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Published by Macmillian/UL Trade Paperback.
Short biography by Chris High
A review of 'Disordered Minds' by Chris High

  
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