1979 - Allie Burns (Paperback)Val McDermid (author)
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Opening a new period crime series featuring reporter Allie Burns, McDermid’s page-turning thriller finds Burns probing the dark secrets that lie behind the veneer of respectable Scotland – with deadly results.
This is the atmospheric, heart-pounding first novel in a gripping new series by the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid.
The shadows hide a deadly story ...
1979. It is the winter of discontent, and reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. There are few women in the newsroom and she needs something explosive for the boys' club to take her seriously.
Soon Allie and fellow journalist Danny Sullivan are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland. They risk making powerful enemies - and Allie won't stop there.
When she discovers a home-grown terrorist threat, Allie comes up with a plan to infiltrate the group and make her name. But she's a woman in a man's world ... and putting a foot wrong could be fatal.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 324 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 32 mm
'A brilliant novel by a supremo of the genre at the height of her powers. A cast of engaging new characters promise to make this an unmissable new series and a thrilling addition to the genre' - Peter James
'A tour-de-force by the amazing McDermid. From the very first pages she effortlessly transports us back in time . . . The plot and characters are remarkable and compelling. Hopefully, we will see the crackerjack Allie Burns back on the pages. The Queen of Crime has delivered another masterpiece' - David Baldacci
'Val McDermid is the absolute QUEEN. It's great that this is the first of a new series. Allie is a fabulous character, I'll go wherever she takes me and I'm dying to see what she does next' - Marian Keyes
'Packed full of Val McDermid's trademark brilliance, 1979 is a thrilling snapshot of a fascinating era' - Jane Harper
'A brilliant thriller, as well as a perfect snapshot of the social and political issues of the time. If there's a novel that better captures what working on a newspaper was like back in the day, I can't think of it' - Linwood Barclay
'Unrivalled. Unmissable. Unforgettable. 1979 is Val McDermid at her nail-biting, heart-rending best' - Chris Whitaker
'A new series from Val McDermid promises to be an event - and 1979 delivers. It's full of wit, thrills and incisive social observation, and features, in Allie Burns, a marvellous new character to follow through the years to come' - Mick Herron
'Absolutely fantastic. I have been reading Val McDermid for twenty-five years, so I am really saying something when I tell you I enjoyed this novel the most. Immersive in its authenticity and pungently atmospheric . . . For someone who remembers the print newsrooms in their heyday, it was a trip into the past so realistic I could smell the fag smoke on my clothes' - Chris Brookmyre
'Brilliant characters, masterful plotting and a pitch-perfect evocation of the heyday of newspapers. I loved it' - Chris Hammer
'A fast-paced triple whammy of a thriller, with all three plots, each credible, running simultaneously. It uses all the crime-writing skills she has honed over the years, and adds something else - a pin-sharp portrait of tabloid journalism in its messy, misogynistic 1970s heyday. Allie Burns is off to a flying start, and well worth following down the decades' - The Scotsman
'Val McDermid was a newshound at the time and it shows . . . This is her best book in years' - The Times, Book of the Month
'Allie is a gratifyingly multi-faceted character, and the sociopolitical elements here add a frisson' - Financial Times
'The work of a writer at the peak of her powers' - Herald
'The fast-paced storytelling flows irresistibly, and McDermid marshals a wide-ranging cast of characters with aplomb' - Irish Times
'Her evocation of the Winter of Discontent is spare and skilful . . . allowing the characters, not the period, to take centre stage' - Scotland on Sunday
'Captures the bleakness and misery of the era with pitch-perfect accuracy' - Irish Independent
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