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by Val McDermid

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ISBN:
0312994834
ISBN13:
978-0312994839
Author:
Val McDermid
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St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition edition (October 17, 2004)
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1750 kb
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Mystery
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Rating:
4.7

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Val McDermid is a celebrated and best selling Scottish crime writer, best known for a series of suspense novels featuring her most famous creation The Wire in the Blood, which has been adapted for .

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A Distant Echo by Val McDermid is her best so far. Alfred Hitchcock would make this into a great movies.

I've read a couple of her stand alone novels like this and I've never been disappointed by any of her work. A Distant Echo by Val McDermid is her best so far. Four friends stumble upon a body on a dark, cold night after partying and college highjinks.

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Also by Val McDermid. Every book teaches me something about the world as well as the craft. And so I have a roster of people I need to thank: Jon and Ruth Jordan for too many things to mention, but in particular this time for passing me on to a contact without whom this book would never have got started.

Bestselling, award-winning author Val McDermid delivers her most stunning story yet in The Distant Echo---an intricate, thought-provoking tale of murder and revenge

It was a winter morning in 1978, that the body of a young barmaid was discovered in the snow banks of a Scottish cemetery. The only suspects in her brutal murder were the four young men who found her: Alex Gilbey and his three best friends. With no evidence but her blood on their hands, no one was ever charged.

Twenty five years later, the Cold Case file on Rosie Duff has been reopened. For Alex and his friends, the investigation has also opened old wounds, haunting memories-and new fears. For a stranger has emerged from the shadows with his own ideas about justice. And revenge.

When two of Alex's friends die under suspicious circumstances, Alex knows that he and his innocent family are the next targets. And there's only way to save them: return to the cold-blooded past and uncover the startling truth about the murder. For there lies the identity of an avenging killer...

Reviews:
  • Mpapa
Val McDermid has written four series and six novels. Her best known series is Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, with the first story, “The Mermaids Singing”, written in 1995 and the tenth written in 2017 “Insidious Intent”. “Distant Echo” (DE), 450 pages, is the first in the Scot police detective Karen Pirie series; Pirie plays a limited role in the story and clearly the idea for a series may have arisen after publication of DE. There are four more books in this series, and the most recent is “Broken Ground” (2018).

DE begins 25 years earlier when four young college students on their way home after a night of drinking and partying discover a young local barmaid in a remote area, dying from a stab wound. They quickly become leading suspects and don’t help their case when soon caught in a lie about earlier activities that night. The victim’s older brothers quickly assume the young men’s guilt and seek revenge. The press is also suspicious and plants seeds of doubt in the community’s minds. Despite all the circumstances, there is no evidence, and the police are unable to bring charges. However, the four boys lives and dreams are shattered and the shadow over them never really disappears. And after 180 pages, the story leaps forward to the present day. As the anniversary of the barmaid’s murder approaches, two of the original four are killed in separate incidents. And a mysterious stranger arrives on the scene…..

What I liked about DE – a very interesting plot. This is the too rare story that stays with you. Most crime fiction readers expect justice, and while the bad guy is once again caught in the final pages, there is no justice for the four college boys – and their families. The prose is excellent and the dialog particularly; McDermid has been writing a good long while and knows what she’s doing. I enjoyed all the descriptions of the Scottish locales. The climax was well done; the last few chapters ramped up to an exciting ending. Characters were well drawn, particularly the “supporting” ones – cops, grieving brothers, a grieving widow (and her lover!).

What I didn’t like about DE – I thought the story dragged here and there; I felt that perhaps up to 100 of its 450 pages could have been chopped. I didn’t take a shine to the four boys, the center of the story, and I didn’t care enough for any one of them.

This deserves a 3 ½ rating and it gets a lukewarm recommendation here. I will read other books in this series though – I think McDermid is that good.
  • Kerdana
The Distant Echo wasn't my favorite McDermid novel and it doesn't compare to her Carol Jordan and Tony Hill series but it was a pretty good book. My actual rating is 4.1 Stars. I've read a couple of her stand alone novels like this and I've never been disappointed by any of her work. If you haven't read any of her Jordan/Hill novels you are making a mistake because they are awesome.
  • Virn
In 1978, when four young university students, after a night of carousing, make their way home, one of them, Alex Gilbey, stumbles across the nearly dead body of nineteen year old Rosie Duff, lying in the snow banks of a desolate Scottish cemetery. While they gather around her body in shock, little did they know that all their lives would be irrevocably changed. Though Alex, the fastest of them, runs for help while the others try to keep Rosie, whom they all know, alive, help arrives too little, too late, for Rosie.

With no real evidence against anyone else and their alibis soft, these four good Samaritans, who were covered in Rosie's blood through their efforts in keeping her alive, find themselves suspects in her murder. Though never formally charged with the crime and with no actual proof or evidence of their guilt or complicity in the murder, the stench of suspicion would follow them and change their lives forever. Rosie's crime, however, would remain unsolved for years.

Twenty-five years later, the case would be re-opened as a cold case. Alex and his friends, who had gone on to rebuild their lives would suddenly find old wounds being re-opened, as the stench of suspicion would once again waft around them. This time, however, they would begin dying under suspicious circumstances. Clearly someone has decided them guilty of Rosie's murder and is exacting retribution. Alex knows that unless he acts quickly to try to solve the mystery of Rosie's murder, he himself may be marked for murder.

This is a well-written murder mystery that is essentially bifurcated into two segments: those events that transpired in 1978 and those events that transpired twenty-five years later. There are many masterful twists and turns in the story and the characters are all well-fleshed, making for an absorbing, page turning read. This is a carefully crafted murder mystery that fans of the genre will love.
  • Naktilar
A Distant Echo by Val McDermid is her best so far. Alfred Hitchcock would make this into a great movies. Four friends stumble upon a body on a dark, cold night after partying and college highjinks. The story follows their lives and the enormous impact this event has on them until, in the end, it is finally resolved decades later. The author delves into the psychological impact of friendship, secrets, suspicion, unresolved guilt, and vengeance. These human characteristics muddle the many clues that make the final solution seem obvious in the end, but so unobtrusive one cannot be faulted for not tying them together sooner. Concluding the book,I thought of Chekov and his line about a gun in the first act needing to go off before the play ends. There are lots of guns tossed throughout the story, but they are subtly displayed. The writing is good, the story is plausible and the main characters are well developed and realistic. One can't help wondering what we would do if we were in their shoes. It all comes together in the end, no strings left untied. This is a very good mystery.
  • LiTTLe_NiGGa_in_THE_СribE
I couldn't put it down and read it over two days. Val McDermid is master of her craft. Good pace of storytelling, believable characters and the ending was a big surprise. I can't wait to download the second Karen Pirie novel. I think I prefer this series to the Tony Hill books where I sometimes gagged over the descriptions of gore.