The breathtaking new DCI Karen Pirie thriller from number one bestseller and queen of crime, Val McDermid. When a body is pulled from the sea, Karen must reopen a case from a decade before, drawing her into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets.
'No one can tell a story like she can' Daily Express
'The queen of psychological thrillers' Irish Independent
'The bodies never stay buried forever . . .'
On a freezing winter morning, fishermen pull a body from the sea. It is quickly discovered that the dead man was the prime suspect in a decade-old investigation, when a prominent civil servant disappeared without trace. DCI Karen Pirie was the last detective to review the file and is drawn into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets.
But Karen is already grappling with another case, one with even more questions and fewer answers. A skeleton has been discovered in an abandoned campervan and all clues point to a killer who never faced justice - a killer who is still out there.
In her search for the truth, Karen uncovers a network of lies that has gone unchallenged for years. But lies and secrets can turn deadly when someone is determined to keep them hidden for good . . .
If you enjoyed Still Life, don't miss the first in a new series from the number one bestseller. 1979 is out now, introducing the unforgettable Allie Burns.
Praise for Val McDermid:
'Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . Unforgettable' Guardian
'Compulsively readable' Irish Times
'As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get' Sunday Express
'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail
'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review
This is the sixth book in the bestselling Karen Pirie series.
McDermid remains unrivalled . . . brilliant
Further evidence that her "Queen of Crime" status will not be challenged
There aren't many to touch her for insight into the minds of hunter and hunted
- Susan Hill
'McDermid's storytelling is as classy and compelling as ever - Guardian
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.