Number one bestseller Val McDermid is back with her most gripping, chilling and suspenseful novel yet.
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
The real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers; no one can plot or tell a story like she can - Daily Express
So gripping it puts your life on hold - The Times
McDermid remains unrivalled . . . Brilliant - Observer
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.