Publication Date: 19/08/2021 ISBN: 9780751583090 Category:


Val McDermid

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication Date: 19/08/2021 ISBN: 9780751583090 Category:




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.

This is the atmospheric, heart-pounding first novel in a gripping new series by the Queen of Crime Val McDermid.


Praise for Val McDermid:

‘Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . Unforgettable’ Guardian

‘No one can plot or tell a story like she can’ Daily Express

‘Compulsively readable’ Irish Times

‘One of today’s most accomplished crime writers’ Literary Review

‘As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get’ Sunday Express

‘It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go’ Daily Mail

Publisher Review

Praise for 1979 * - * 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 Praise for Val McDermid * - * The queen of crime is still at the top of her game * Independent * McDermid remains unrivalled . . . brilliant * Observer * McDermid's storytelling is as classy and compelling as ever * Guardian *

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