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Still Life

On sale

4th February 2021

Price: £9.99

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, 2021

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751576948

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Don’t miss Past Lying, the twisty new Karen Pirie thriller



No one can tell a story like she canDaily Express

The queen of psychological thrillersIrish Independent
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‘The bodies never stay buried forever . . .’

On a freezing winter morning, fishermen pull a body from the sea. It is quickly discovered that the dead man was the prime suspect in a decade-old investigation, when a prominent civil servant disappeared without trace. DCI Karen Pirie was the last detective to review the file and is drawn into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets.

But Karen is already grappling with another case, one with even more questions and fewer answers. A skeleton has been discovered in an abandoned campervan and all clues point to a killer who never faced justice – a killer who is still out there.

In her search for the truth, Karen uncovers a network of lies that has gone unchallenged for years. But lies and secrets can turn deadly when someone is determined to keep them hidden for good . . .
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Praise for Val McDermid:



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

‘Compulsively readable’ Irish Times

‘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

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

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Reviews

The Times
The sense of McDermid's books getting entangled with real life is particularly powerful
Scotsman
Still Life shows that she is still at the height of her powers . . . deeply enjoyable, one of her best
The Observer
Tremendous. An effortlessly gripping read
Daily Mail
An elegant and richly satisfying read
East Anglian Daily Times
Her most exhilarating, breath-taking thriller yet