Out of Bounds - Karen Pirie (Paperback)
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Out of Bounds - Karen Pirie (Paperback)

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Published: 26/01/2017
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The thirtieth spine-chilling thriller from the queen of crime, Val McDermid.

For a long moment, it seemed to teeter between the tipping point and stability, before gravity finally won. Once it started turning, momentum took over. The Land Rover rolled end to end twice, tumbling the four youths head over heels like dice in a cup.

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.

As she pieces together decades-old evidence, Karen discovers the most dangerous kinds of secrets. Secrets that someone is willing to kill for …

'There are lots of things that ran in families, but murder wasn't one of them ...'

In Out of Bounds, Val McDermid returns with her most atmospheric, gripping novel to date, the fourth in the Karen Pirie series.

'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' – The Independent

'Incredibly suspenseful' - Sunday Mirror

Hailing from Kirkcaldy on the East Coast of Scotland, Val McDermid is a playwright, journalist and, first and foremost, one of the world’s most popular and consistently inventive crime writers. Undoubtedly her best-known creation is the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, beginning with The Mermaids Singing, adapted for television as the drama Wire in the Blood. Her other popular series include the Kate Brannigan series, originating with Dead Beat, novels featuring the crime journalist Lindsey Gordon, the first of which is Reporting for Murder and most recently The Distant Echo launched the Karen Pirie series. Read more about Val McDermid and her work.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780751561432
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 337 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An incredibly suspenseful thriller, elegantly plotted with smartly drawn characters and fascinating detail - Sunday Mirror

What superlatives are there left to describe the phenomenon that is the multi award-winning McDermid? . . . Told with McDermid's legendary verve and eye for detail, it grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go - Daily Mail

It is evident in her 30th novel that her mastery of the crime has matured well - Sunday Express

[An] engaging new novel . . . McDermid's 30th novel offers fascinating insights into the ethical dilemmas thrown up by advances in forensic science - Sunday Times

Her books combine ironclad storytelling technique, cogent commentaries on modern society and an attitude to the crime genre's long history that is both interrogative and innovative . . . we are reminded that the new Queen of Crime is still at the top of her game - Independent

McDermid's expertly juggled plotlines and masterful handling of pace and tension tick all the best boxes, but what makes this book a real cracker is Pirie herself - grieving, insubordinate and dogged in her pursuit of the various culprits - Guardian

Quite simply, nobody does British crime writing better . . . [a] twisty, deliciously tangled thriller - Peterborough Telegraph

As intelligent and chillingly good as ever - Good Housekeeping

Packed with intrigue, warmly drawn characters and dollops of tension, McDermid's 30th novel leaves the reader looking forward to the 31st - Irish Independent

On her 30th novel . . . none is more deserving of the queen-of-crime mantle than Val McDermid . . . I would like to see a great deal more of DCI Pirie - Irish Times

McDermid proves herself to be as adept as ever at mixing thrilling crime fiction with psychological study . . . Karen is a compelling character, and her personal baggage lends Out of Bounds a great backstory . . . she writes with a brisk light touch, but the book does not stint on realistic detail. Out of Bounds is a fine, tense, and multi-layered addition to the canon of the queen of Scottish crime fiction - Irish Sunday Business Post

It's a treat to watch DCI Pirie once again as she pursues a tantalising forensic trail through a brilliantly realised Scottish setting . . . the back-and-forths with her pusillanimous boss, as she deflates his attempts to undermine her, are a particular joy - Scotland on Sunday

McDermid concocts complex plots with plenty of twists and red herrings. At times the tension is palpable and there are genuine surprises . . . McDermid is a dab hand at creating enough plausibility to make her contributions to the genre intensely readable - Sunday Herald

A celebrated crime author with an attention to detail which makes her stories both gripping and totally authentic - Western Daily Press

Her thrillers never fail to entertain, and this - her 30th (!) novel - is no exception. Another twisted treat - Heat

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Linda Hepworth

“Val McDermid never disappoints !”

Val McDermid never fails to amaze me with her seemingly endless capacity to write well-plotted, page-turning stories, with characters who are convincing and whose main characters, however flawed, always strive to... More

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Melissa

“Great new addition by the Queen of Crime”

Out of Bounds is so good. So good. Even as a longstanding Val McDermid fan, that praise doesn’t come lightly. I don’t think I’ve quite read all thirty of her books (there were a few early Lindsay Gordons I may have... More

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Bookread2day

“Congratulations to Val McDermid's 30th novel”

First of all I would like to congratulate Val McDermid on her 30th novel. This certainly calls for something to celebrate by Val McDermid and her followers. A brilliant author as always I loved every page of Out Of... More

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