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Out of Bounds

On sale

26th January 2017

Price: £9.99

McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime, 2017

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751561432

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

‘Incredibly suspenseful’ Sunday Mirror
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‘There are lots of things that ran in families, but murder wasn’t one of them . . .’

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

An atmospheric, gripping mystery from the number one bestseller.
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Praise for Val McDermid:

Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . UnforgettableGuardian

Compulsively readableIrish Times

As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to getSunday Express

This is the fourth book in the bestselling Karen Pirie series.

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Reviews

Sunday Herald
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
Peterborough Telegraph
Quite simply, nobody does British crime writing better . . . [a] twisty, deliciously tangled thriller
Daily Mail
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
Sunday Mirror
An incredibly suspenseful thriller, elegantly plotted with smartly drawn characters and fascinating detail
Western Daily Press
A celebrated crime author with an attention to detail which makes her stories both gripping and totally authentic
Irish Independent
Packed with intrigue, warmly drawn characters and dollops of tension, McDermid's 30th novel leaves the reader looking forward to the 31st
Irish Times
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
Sunday Times
[An] engaging new novel . . . McDermid's 30th novel offers fascinating insights into the ethical dilemmas thrown up by advances in forensic science
Heat
Her thrillers never fail to entertain, and this - her 30th (!) novel - is no exception. Another twisted treat
Scotland on Sunday
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
Good Housekeeping
As intelligent and chillingly good as ever
Irish Sunday Business Post
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
Sunday Express
It is evident in her 30th novel that her mastery of the crime has matured well
Independent
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
Guardian
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