A gripping Kate Brannigan thriller, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid.
`Val McDermid remains unrivalled' Observer
Bodyguarding had never made it to Manchester PI Kate Brannigan's wish list. But somebody's got to pay the bills at Brannigan & Co, and if the only earner on offer is playing nursemaid to a paranoid soap star, the fast-talking computer-loving white collar crime expert has to swallow her pride and slip into something more glam than her Thai boxing kit.
Then offstage dramas threaten to overshadow the fictional storylines till the unscripted murder of the self-styled `Seer to the Stars' stops the show,
leaving Kate with more questions than answers.
And you just can't get the help these days. Her process server keeps getting arrested; her tame hacker has found virtual love; her best friend is besotted with baby; and the normally reliable Dennis has had the temerity to get himself arrested for murder as a result of his latest dodgy business venture. Nobody told her there'd be days like these...
`Stunningly exciting, horrifyingly good'
`This book has a sense of gravitas and intelligence utterly beyond lesser writers in the field'
`Terrific chiller from Manchester's answer to Thomas Harris'
`A clever and exciting thriller'
`A compelling combination of sexual-political mischief and Jacobean psychological intensity'
Sunday Times (of The Wire in the Blood)
Praise for Val McDermid:
'No one rivals Val McDermid's skill at writing truly terrifying thrillers' Good Housekeeping
`The real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers' Daily Express
'McDermid's capacity to enter the warped mind of a deviant criminal is shiveringly convincing' The Times
`Val McDermid is undoubtedly the queen of British crime' Observer
'McDermid's expertly juggled plotlines and masterful handling of pace and tension tick all the best boxes' Guardian
`The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent
`One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review
`Her writing is never less than excellent' Crime Time
Val McDermid is a No.1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold more than sixteen 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 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. In 2017, she received the DIVA Literary Prize for Crime and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She is also the patron of the Scottish Book Trust. Val writes full time and lives in Edinburgh and the East Neuk of Fife.