The superb new psychological thriller from 'Queen of Crime' Val McDermid fuses her trademark plot twists and characterization with one of the most important events in recent UK history -- the 1984 Miners' Strike. Twenty-five years ago, the daughter of Scotland's richest man and her baby son were kidnapped and held to ransom. But Catriona Grant ended up dead and little Adam's fate is still unknown. When a new clue is discovered in a deserted Tuscan villa -- along with grisly evidence of a recent murder -- cold case expert DI Karen Pirie is assigned to follow the trail. She's already working a case from the same year. During the Miners' Strike of 1984, pit worker Mick Prentice vanished. He was presumed to have broken ranks and fled south with other 'scabs'! but Karen finds that the reported events of that night don't add up. Where did he really go? And is there a link to the Grant mystery?
About The Author
Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She is now a full-time writer and lives in South Manchester.
'An absorbing novel, one of her best' The Times 'Val McDermid is a born storyteller! absorbing reading' Sunday Telegraph 'A searing piece ! McDermid orchestrates the tension with authority! After reading McDermid's novel, readers may wish that more crime fiction would have the guts to take on serious issues' Express 'Torture, warped psyches, unspeakable cellars: Val McDermid sends you to bed with lights blazing' Sunday Times 'One of the best modern writers of crime fiction ! Excellent' Scotland on Sunday
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 2nd April 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.277