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1979: The unmissable first thriller in an electrifying, brand-new series from the No.1 bestseller

Val Mcdermid

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Scotland, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

The first breathtaking thriller in a brand-new series from number one bestseller and queen of crime Val McDermid.


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She's on the hunt for a killer story . . .

1979. It's the winter of discontent, and Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. One of few women in the newsroom, she needs something explosive for the boys' club to take her seriously.

Soon Allie and fellow reporter Danny Sullivan are making powerful enemies with their investigations - and Allie won't stop there. When she discovers a terrorist threat close to home, she devises a dangerous plan to make her name.

But Allie is a woman in a man's world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal.

'A supremo of the genre at the height of her powers' PETER JAMES

'The Queen of Crime has delivered another masterpiece' DAVID BALDACCI

'Allie is a fabulous character, I'll go wherever she takes me' MARIAN KEYES

'A thrilling snapshot of a fascinating era' JANE HARPER

'McDermid at her nail-biting, heart-rending best' CHRIS WHITAKER

'Her best book in years' THE TIMES, BOOK OF THE MONTH

'Allie Burns is off to a flying start, and well worth following' SCOTSMAN

'A perfect snapshot of the social and political issues of the time' LINWOOD BARCLAY

'Full of wit, thrills and incisive social observation and features a marvellous new character' MICK HERRON

'I have been reading Val McDermid for twenty-five years, so I am really saying something when I tell you I enjoyed this novel the most' CHRIS BROOKMYRE

'The good news is that this excellent novel marks the start of a new series' GUARDIAN 'Brilliant characters, masterful plotting' CHRIS HAMMER

'An excellent opener to what promises to be an outstanding series' SPECTATOR

'The fast-paced storytelling flows irresistibly' IRISH TIMES


'Sensational. One of Britain's most accomplished writers' SUNDAY EXPRESS
'A nail-biting new series' OBSERVER

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Praise for 1979: The unmissable first thriller in an electrifying, brand-new series from the No.1 bestseller

  • McDermid remains unrivalled . . . Brilliant - Observer

  • Further evidence that her "Queen of Crime" status will not be challenged - Scotsman

  • There aren't many to touch her for insight into the minds of hunter and hunted

  • McDermid's storytelling is as classy and compelling as ever - Guardian

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Val Mcdermid

Val McDermid is a number one bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over seventeen 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 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and in 2017 received the DIVA Literary Prize for Crime, and was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Val has served as a judge for the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize, and was Chair of the Wellcome Book Prize in 2017. She is the recipient of six honorary doctorates, is an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford and a Visiting Professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand. She writes full time and divides her time between Edinburgh and East Neuk of Fife.

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