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The Vanishing Point

On sale

31st January 2013

Price: £9.99

Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award, 2013

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751546101

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‘Masterfully handled, and McDermid’s ability to wrong-foot the reader remains second to none: highly recommended’ Guardian

‘Taut, psychologically complex and so gripping that it puts your life on hold’ The Times

Stephanie Harker is travelling through security at O’Hare airport with five-year-old Jimmy. But in a moment, everything changes. In disbelief, Stephanie watches as a uniformed agent leads her boy away – and she’s stuck the other side of the gates, hysterical with worry.

The authorities, unaware of Jimmy’s existence, just see a woman behaving erratically; Stephanie is wrestled to the ground and blasted with a taser gun. By the time she can tell them what has happened, Jimmy is long gone.

But as Stephanie tells her story to the FBI, it becomes clear that everything is not as it seems. There are many potential suspects for this abduction. With time rapidly running out, how can Stephanie get him back?

A breathtakingly rich and gripping standalone thriller from internationally bestselling author Val McDermid.
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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

It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets goDaily Mail

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

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Reviews

Woman's Way Ireland
This is a gripping psychological thriller from the beginning to the unexpected ending. A first class novel and McDermid's best to date
Choice
A gripping tale
Daily Mirror
A McDermid standalone is always an event to cherish because you don't know who you'll meet or where you'll be taken
Irish Independent
McDermid handles the various strands of the story with consummate mastery, and the reader is swept along to the story's genuinely shocking denouement
Spectator
Intelligent and hypnotically readable . . . entertaining and thought-provoking book
The Times
A psychological thriller, but it's also a splendidly mordant comment on our fame culture and its consequences
Guardian
McDermid's ability to wrong-foot the reader remains second to none: highly recommended
Spectator
The strands come together and lead to an eye-blinkingly effective climax. (An) intelligent and hypnotically readable thriller...entertaining and thought provoking
Independent on Sunday
An efficiently crafted psychological thriller with an ending that knocks you sideways