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Still Life

The breathtaking new DCI Karen Pirie thriller from number one bestseller and queen of crime, Val McDermid. When a body is pulled from the sea, Karen must reopen a case from a decade before, drawing her into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets.

'No one can tell a story like she can' Daily Express

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

'The queen of psychological thrillers' Irish Independent

'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 . . .

The number one bestseller and unrivalled queen of crime Val McDermid is back with her most exhilarating, breath-taking thriller yet.

Praise for Val McDermid, the queen of crime:

'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
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PRODUCT DETAILS

  • Title: Still Life
  • : Val McDermid
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia
  • ISBN: 9781408712290

RATINGS & REVIEW

31/08/2020 11:00:20 PM - Sarah
Another great instalment in the Karen Pirie series
I've been looking forward to reading the next instalment in Val McDermid's excellent D.C.I Karen Pirie series, so picked up my ARC of Still Life with high expectations. I'm pleased to report that the high standard readers have come to expect from McDermid is maintained with this latest release. Edinburgh-based D.C.I. Karen Pirie and her off-sider D.C. Jason "The Mint" Murray form the small but effective Police Scotland Historic Cases Unit, focussed on investigating and reviewing "cold cases". The HCU is called in when skeletonised remains are discovered in an unregistered VW Van parked in the garage of a Perth woman killed in a car accident. The ongoing investigation takes Murray across the border into northern England, in pursuit of a clever and furtive suspect. Meanwhile, D.C.I. Charlie Todd's Fife-based crime squad is investigating the discovery of a body in the Firth of Forth by a lobster boat out of St. Monans. When putative identification of the corpse indicates a link to the high-profile disappearance a decade ago of a senior civil servant in the Scottish government, the case is reassigned to the HCU by autocratic ACC (Crime), Ann "The Dog Biscuit" Markie. Todd's young but smart D.S., Daisy Mortimer, is also temporarily reassigned to assist D.C.I. Pirie. Their investigations take them to Paris, London, Eire and Northern Island, following the trail of altered identities, complicated relationships and missing artworks. The two separate storylines are skilfully plotted and cleverly intertwined by McDermid, maintaining the interest of the reader in both investigations as they progress. While one outcome is substantially more surprising than the other, both are satisfying, while perhaps pushing at the limits of belief. As always, McDermid's characterisations, of both continuing, new and supporting characters are complex and convincing. D.S. Daisy Mortimer is a breath of fresh air and an excellent foil for the often prickly D.C.I. Pirie. D.C. Jason Murray remains as steadfastly loyal as ever, although the opportunity to use his own initiative as Pirie's attention is spread over both cases does lead him into some difficulty. The 's extensive knowledge and understanding of forensic science and digital technology, together with her evident depth of research, translate into the inclusion of various technical details throughout the course of the criminal investigations. She presents this material in a format that is stimulating and accessible to readers and yet doesn't bog down the story in protracted explanations. Another high-quality and engrossing instalment in a great series, although would also read well as a standalone for those not yet familiar with McDermid's substantial body of work. Very highly recommended. My thanks to the , Grove Atlantic and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of this title.
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