Don't miss the electrifying new Karen Pirie thriller - STILL LIFE is out now
'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail
'Incredibly suspenseful' Sunday Mirror
'There are lots of things that ran in families, but murder wasn't one of them . . .'
When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a twenty-year-old murder inquiry. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is an expert at solving the unsolvable. With each cold case closed, justice is served. So, finding the answer should be straightforward, but it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself.
Meanwhile Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another case, one that she has no business investigating. And as she pieces together decades-old evidence, Karen discovers the most dangerous kinds of secrets. Secrets that someone is willing to kill for . . .
Number one bestseller Val McDermid returns with her most atmospheric, gripping novel to date.
Praise for Queen of Crime Val McDermid:
'McDermid remains unrivalled' Observer
'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent
'As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get' Sunday Express
'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review
'The real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers; no one can plot or tell a story like she can' Daily Express
The fourth thrilling novel in the DCI Karen Pirie series
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A pulse-quickening procedural with heart as well as smarts, Val McDermid’s 30th novel is a standalone starring brusquely efficient Scottish cold-case detective Karen Pirie. When DNA evidence links a drunken car theft to a terrorist act from two decades earlier, Pirie employs old-fashioned police instincts and modern forensics wizardry to navigate a tangle of murky morality and cover-ups. Set mostly in Edinburgh, Out of Bounds is a fast-paced story that spills over with vivid local colour, in both speech and surroundings.
At the outset of Scottish author McDermid's engaging if at times overstuffed third Karen Pirie novel (after 2014's The Skeleton Road), 17-year-old Ross Garvie and three mates steal a Land Rover after a night of drinking in Dundee. The subsequent high-speed crash on the Perth road kills his friends and leaves Garvie in a coma. Pirie, head of Police Scotland's tiny Historic Cases Unit in Edinburgh, is intrigued when Garvie's DNA is a familial match to the 20-year-old unsolved rape and murder case of a Glasgow hairdresser. Complications ensue when Pirie tries to track down Garvie's male relatives. Meanwhile, Pirie is hung up on the death of Fife man Gabriel Abbott and how his death is or isn't linked to that of his mother in a plane crash 22 years earlier, though it's not Pirie's case. Authorities assumed the plane exploded due to an IRA bomb, but Pirie isn't so sure. Pirie, a tough heroine cut from the same cloth as McDermid's other fictional stalwart, Carol Jordan, never backs down from a thorny question or a seemingly impossible case.
As always Ms McDermid has done it again. Another riveting read I could not put down. I finished it in two sittings. I love Val's books and have every single one, so perhaps I am a bit biased.