Search Results: "Val McDermid"


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CLEAN BREAK by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The Kerrchem quagmire, though, is a mess even when she gets done mopping up."
What does the theft of Lord Henry Naismith's prize Monetthe latest of a well-oiled series of art robberies from some of England's finest homeshave to do with a lethal spate of industrial extortion over at Kerrchem, Trevor Kerr's cleaning- chemical company? Read full book review >

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CRACK DOWN by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Kate's detection is more dogged than inspired, but the northern England working-class background is chillingly plausible, and Kate's wry humor as welcome as ever."
The first indication Birmingham PI Kate Brannigan gets that things have gone wrong with her rock-journalist boyfriend, Richard Barclay—who's been posing as her husband in order to expose a scheme to defraud automakers' loan companies of short-term interest—is a call she receives from his solicitor in the dead of night. Read full book review >

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CROSS AND BURN by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"McDermid earns her customary high marks for planting clues, mastering procedural detail and maintaining suspense as the net closes. As usual, however, the endlessly fraught relationships among the continuing characters are the real draw."
The abrupt departure of DCI Carol Jordan leaves the Bradfield Metropolitan Police ill-equipped to deal with a killer whose targets bear a truly unsettling similarity to one another. Read full book review >

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KILLING THE SHADOWS by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"McDermid has handled the duel between serial killers and profilers better in The Mermaids Singing (1996)."
As Francis Blake leaves the Old Bailey, gleefully celebrating the dismissal of the charges against him for raping and murdering a young mother on Hampstead Heath while her two toddlers watched, neither Steve Preston of the Met nor his good friend, psychological profiler Fiona Cameron, is supposed to still be working the case. Read full book review >

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DEAD BEAT by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 26, 1993

"Lacks pep, sizzle, not to mention good work ethics."
McDermid (Open and Shut, Report for Murder) introduces tough- minded Manchester, England, p.i. Read full book review >

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THE SKELETON ROAD by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"This stand-alone from McDermid (Cross and Burn, 2013, etc.) combines conscientious detection with heartfelt reflections on the enduring power of the Yugoslavian breakup to wreak violence long after the 1995 Dayton Accords."
A grisly discovery atop the roof of a venerable Edinburgh school slated for demolition sends two very different sets of investigators scurrying for answers rooted in the endless conflict between Serbs and Croats. Read full book review >

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FORENSICS by Val McDermid
NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 2015

"A satisfying insider's excursion into the scientific realities behind CSI-style pop culture."
From a bestselling mystery author, a curiosity-fueled look at the realities behind crime science. Read full book review >

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THE MERMAIDS SINGING by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"The grim details make this one not for everybody—but if serial killers are your meat, you'll see why McDermid won this year's Gold Dagger from Britain's Crime Writers Association."
Nothing in McDermid's wisecracking books about Manchester p.i. Read full book review >

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BENEATH THE BLEEDING by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Long and grueling, but high-octane catnip for procedural fans, especially since a violent prologue allows McDermid (The Grave Tattoo, 2007, etc.) to sideline the ongoing salt-and-pepper romance of Carol and profiler Tony Hill so that they can concentrate on business."
As if the usual round of serial murder (The Torment of Others, 2005, etc.) weren't challenge enough, DCI Carol Jordan and her staff at Bradfield's Major Incident Team have to deal with a bombing at the local soccer stadium—or, even worse, they don't. Read full book review >