And as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. But when alice finally uncovers it, she finds an unwanted surprise—a body with a bullet hole between the eyes. Internationally bestselling author Val McDermid is one of our finest crime writers, and her gripping, masterfully plotted novels have garnered millions of readers from around the globe.
Broken Ground: A Karen Pirie Novel Karen Pirie Mysteries Book 5 #ad - In broken ground, cold case detective Karen Pirie faces her hardest challenge yet. Or even the idea of what justice is.
Out of Bounds Karen Pirie Book 1Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - Mcdermid excels in putting the reader at the center of the action. Feels both intensely personal and global. Once again proves herself a formidable character worthy of her own series. Associated press on The Skeleton Road. Finding the answer to the cold case should be straightforward. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems.
An enthralling, twisty read, out of Bounds reaffirms Val McDermid’s place as one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business. Mcdermid melds the political thriller with the police procedural for an intense novel that. But it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself. Meanwhile, karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating, a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago.
Out of Bounds Karen Pirie Book 1 #ad - In her latest, out of bounds, she delivers a riveting cold case novel featuring detective Karen Pirie. When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from twenty-two years before.
The Skeleton RoadAtlantic Monthly Press #ad - Who do the bones belong to, and how did they get there? Could the eccentric British pastime of free climbing the outside of buildings play a role? Enter cold case detective Karen Pirie, who gets to work trying to establish the corpse’s identity. Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid is one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business, whose acutely suspenseful, seamlessly plotted novels have riveted millions of readers worldwide.
And when it turns out the bones may be from as far away as former Yugoslavia, Karen will need to dig deeper than she ever imagined into the tragic history of the Balkans: to war crimes and their consequences, and ultimately to the notion of what justice is and who serves it. The skeleton road is an edge-of-your-seat, unforgettable read from one of our finest crime writers.
The Skeleton Road #ad - In the skeleton road, she delivers a gripping standalone novel about a cold case that links back to the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. In the center of historic Edinburgh, builders are preparing to demolish a disused Victorian Gothic building. They are understandably surprised to find skeletal remains hidden in a high pinnacle that hasn’t been touched by maintenance for years.
A Darker Domain: A NovelHarperCollins e-books #ad - It was chosen as a new york times notable Crime Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A darker domain combines a thrilling story with heartbreaking questions of social justice and history. Seattle times the new york times calls val McDermid, “As smooth a practitioner of crime fiction as anyone out there…the best we’ve got.
Time spent with her extraordinary thriller, A Darker Domain, will prove that it’s true. Set in scotland, the milieu of ian rankin’s John Rebus, McDermid’s brilliant exploration of loyalty and greed intertwines the past and present.
The Distant EchoMinotaur Books #ad - Among the unsolved murders they're examining is that of Rosie Duff. Someone is taking revenge for Rosie Duff. One of the original quartet dies in a suspicious house fire and soon after, a second is killed. Student alex gilbery and his three best friends are staggering home from a party when they stumble upon the body of a young woman.
The only suspects are the four young students stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later, police mount a cold case review. Alex fears the worst. Bestselling, mid-december, award-winning author Val McDermid delivers her most stunning story yet in The Distant Echo-an intricate, thought-provoking tale of murder and revengeFour in the morning, and snow blankets St.
The Distant Echo #ad - But someone else has his own idea of justice. Rosie duff has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in the ancient Pictish cemetery. Andrews School. And it might just save his life if he can uncover who really killed Rosie all those years ago.
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In insidious intent, tony and carol are on the hunt for a serial killer who victimizes women at weddings without a date—and forces the duo to confront their most haunting moral dilemma so far. Meanwhile, detective sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner Elinor must deal with a cruel cyber-blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.
Insidious Intent Tony Hill Novels Book 4 #ad - The plot is tight, the story is thrilling, the ending is as satisfying as they come. In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. Hill and Jordan dominate as brilliantly as ever. Times saturday review UK on Cross and Burn. Mcdermid’s prose is pure pleasure to read.
A Place of Execution: A NovelMinotaur Books #ad - Catherine is forced to re-investigate the past, with results that turn the world upside down. On a freezing day in december, another child goes missing: thirteen-year-old Alison Carter vanishes from her town, an insular community that distrusts the outside world. A place of execution is winner of the 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a 2001 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel.
A greek tragedy in modern england, val mcdermid's a place of execution is a taut psychological thriller that explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know.
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Decades later he finally tells his story to journalist Catherine Heathcote, but just when the book is poised for publication, Bennett unaccountably tries to pull the plug. Winter 1963: two children have disappeared off the streets of Manchester; the murderous careers of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady have begun.
He has new information which he refuses to divulge, new information that threatens the very foundations of his existence.
The Grave Tattoo: A NovelMinotaur Books #ad - Wordsworth specialist jane gresham, herself a native of the Lake District, feels compelled to discover once and for all whether the manuscript ever existed--and whether it still exists today. In the grave tattoo, suspense master val McDermid spins a psychological thriller in which a present-day murder has its roots in the eighteenth century and the mutiny on the H.
M. S. Suddenly jane is at the heart of a 200-year-old mystery that still has the power to put lives on the line. For centuries, lakelanders have whispered that Fletcher Christian staged the massacre on Pitcairn so that he could return home. And there, he told his story to an old friend and schoolmate, William Wordsworth, who turned it into a long narrative poem--a poem that remained hidden lest it expose Wordsworth to the gallows for harboring a fugitive.
The Grave Tattoo: A Novel #ad - Against the dramatic backdrop of England's Lake District a drama of life and death plays out, its ultimate prize a bounty worth millions. Bounty. But as she pursues each new lead, death follows hard on her heels. After torrential summer rains uncover a bizarrely tattooed body on a Lake District hillside, long discarded old wives' tales takes on a chilling new plausibility.
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. The mermaids singing is a chilling and taut psychological mystery from Val McDermid. It would prove so terribly fulfilling. The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. This was the summer he discovered what he wanted--at a gruesome museum of criminology far off the beaten track of more timid tourists.
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The Vanishing PointAtlantic Monthly Press #ad - And readers are again left to marvel at her ingenuity. Jay strafford, richmond times-dispatch from one of the finest crime writers we have, The Vanishing Point kicks off with a nightmare scenario—the abduction of a child in an international airport. And the horrifying reality is that she has good reason to be afraid—for reasons she never saw coming.
As fbi agent vivian mckuras and scotland yard Detective Nick Nicolaides investigate on both sides of the pond, Stephanie learns just how deep a parent’s fear can reach. Marked by mcdermid’s trademark stunners, including a climax that packs a vicious punch. For starters, jimmy’s birth mother was a celebrity—living in a world where conspiracy and obfuscation are excused for the sake of column inches.
The Vanishing Point #ad - It soon becomes apparent that nothing in this situation is clear-cut. The more stephanie sounds the alarm, the more the security agents suspect her, and the further away the kidnapper gets. Mcdermid’s work is taut, psychologically complex and so gripping that it puts your life on hold. The times London. And then there are the bad boys in both women’s pasts.
Stephanie harker is in the screening booth at airport security, separated from Jimmy Higgins, the five-year-old boy she’s in the process of adopting, when a man in a TSA uniform leads the boy away.