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Publisher Description

The second riveting crime novel in the Karen Pirie series, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid.

‘A superb mystery’ The Times

Twenty-five years ago, a woman and her baby son were kidnapped and held to ransom. Catriona Grant ended up dead and little Adam's fate has remained a mystery ever since.

When a new clue is discovered in a deserted Tuscan villa – along with grisly evidence of a recent murder – cold case expert DI Karen Pirie is assigned to follow the trail.

She's already working a case from the same year. During the Miners' Strike of 1984, pit worker Mick Prentice vanished. Where did he really go? And is there a link to the Grant mystery?

The truth is stranger – and far darker – than fiction.

Reviews

‘An absorbing novel, one of her best’ The Times

‘Val McDermid is a born storyteller… absorbing reading’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A searing piece … McDermid orchestrates the tension with authority… After reading McDermid’s novel, readers may wish that more crime fiction would have the guts to take on serious issues’ Express

‘Torture, warped psyches, unspeakable cellars: Val McDermid sends you to bed with lights blazing’ Sunday Times

‘One of the best modern writers of crime fiction … Excellent’ Scotland on Sunday

About the author

Val McDermid is a No.1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold more than sixteen million copies. She 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, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010 and received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011. In 2016, Val received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. In 2017, she received the DIVA Literary Prize for Crime and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She is also the patron of the Scottish Book Trust. Val writes full time and lives in Edinburgh and the East Neuk of Fife.

GENRE
Crime & Thrillers
RELEASED
2008
September 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperCollins
SIZE
1.9
MB

Customer Reviews

Ldj210 ,

Enthralling

Excellent plot twisting novel, which keeps you guessing,
Excellent characters which are as always believable , well described and intriguing .
The many tendrils of the past and present are held together with a depth and skill that keep you wanting more.
Thoroughly enjoyable read with a satisfying twisted end.

Huf01 ,

V Good

Very good read - strong plot that keeps you guessing throughout, finished with a good twist or two!

Jjchick ,

Great read

Plenty of twists and turns. Brilliant story that keeps you guessing until the end.

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