The fourth riveting thriller in the Kate Brannigan series, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid.
‘The Queen of Crime is still at the top of her game’ Independent
When a Monet is stolen from a stately home, Manchester-based private eye Kate Brannigan goes head to head with organized crime as she hunts the thieves through Europe.
Meanwhile, someone is leaving a trail of bodies across the Northwest. As Kate confronts some harsh truths in her own life, the case stretches her love and loyalty to its limits.
‘Tough, funny and intensely topical. McDermid stands out as one of the few contemporary writers actually nourished by the here and now’
‘Fast, fluently told story: Kate is as tough as Warshawski but less hung up on political correctness’
‘Kate Brannigan is wonderful’
‘Stunningly exciting, horrifyingly good’
‘This book has a sense of gravitas and intelligence utterly beyond lesser writers in the field’
‘Terrific chiller from Manchester’s answer to Thomas Harris’
‘A clever and exciting thriller’
‘A compelling combination of sexual-political mischief and Jacobean psychological intensity’
Sunday Times (of The Wire in the Blood)
Praise for Val McDermid:
'No one rivals Val McDermid’s skill at writing truly terrifying thrillers’ Good Housekeeping
‘The real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers' Daily Express
'McDermid's capacity to enter the warped mind of a deviant criminal is shiveringly convincing' The Times
‘Val McDermid is undoubtedly the queen of British crime’ Observer
'McDermid’s expertly juggled plotlines and masterful handling of pace and tension tick all the best boxes’ Guardian
‘The queen of crime is still at the top of her game’ Independent
‘One of today’s most accomplished crime writers’ Literary Review
‘Her writing is never less than excellent’ Crime Time
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.
Fast-talking, kick-boxing Kate Brannigan, a PI in Manchester, England, returns (after Crack Down) in a cleanly written, fast-paced escapade. Cut from the same cloth as Kinsey Milhone, though somewhat less of a loner and possessed of a more demanding palate, Kate is just as likely to be seized by a case and just as regretful when violence comes to pass. This tale jumps out of the gate at top speed when perfectionist Kate discovers that a security system she developed for a local castle has been breached and a valuable Monet stolen. Ingeniously tracking the thieves to Italy, she winds up taking on some world-class bad guys. At the same time, she is involved in a case of suspected industrial sabotage that has turned deadly. Juggling her clients, facing physical danger and coping with the continually bruised ego of her lover, Richard, Kate must navigate her way through power plays, unsavory associations and divided loyalties. A neatly arrived at conclusion leaves Kate and readers reckoning that success may not always be worth its price.