The first breathtaking thriller in a brand-new, pulse-pounding series from number one bestseller and queen of crime, Val McDermid.
1979. It is the winter of discontent and ambitious young journalist Allie Burns is on the hunt for the story that will change her career. The only woman working the Glasgow newsdesk, she needs a ground-breaking scoop for the boy's club take her seriously.
But the stakes are raised higher than Allie could ever have imagined when her journalism partner, Danny, is found murdered in his flat. Together they have been investigating stories that nobody wants exposed, and in doing so they have made some powerful enemies.
As she embarks on her quest for the truth and justice for Danny, Allie is forced to tread carefully. After all, she is a woman in a man's world and - with her greatest ally dead - nobody can be trusted.
This is the atmospheric, heart-pounding first novel in a gripping new series by the Queen of Crime Val McDermid.
Praise for Val McDermid:
'Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . Unforgettable' Guardian
'No one can plot or tell a story like she can' Daily Express
'Compulsively readable' Irish Times
'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review
'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
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 - 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.