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Val McDermid - Author

About the Author

Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies. She has won many aw ards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and w as the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.

In 2016 Val was awarded the Theakston Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. McDermid said: “It's an honour and a thrill to receive this award. The community of writers and readers at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is unlike any other in its warmth and generosity and so this means a huge amount to me. This year sees the publication of my 30th novel and I can't think of a better way to celebrate that.”

In 2010 she received the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Margaret Murphy, then chair of the CWA, said: "The CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger award acknowledges the work of an author who has made an outstanding contribution to the genre. Val McDermid is a worthy winner whose work has entertained and thrilled millions of readers as well as many more who have enjoyed the TV adaptations her books have inspired."

 

Author photo © Charlie Hopkinson

Featured books by Val McDermid

Insidious Intent (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 10)

Insidious Intent (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 10)

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2018

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2017

The latest spine-chilling thriller from the queen of crime, Val McDermid. '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 ...Number one bestseller, Val McDermid returns with her most atmospheric, gripping novel to date. 'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent 'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail 'Incredibly suspenseful' Sunday Mirror

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The Skeleton Road

The Skeleton Road

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen's investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a dark world of intrigue and betrayal. Meanwhile, someone is taking the law into their own hands in the name of justice and revenge -- but when present resentment collides with secrets of the past, the truth is more shocking than anyone could have imagined ...From number one bestseller, Val McDermid comes an atmospheric, spine-chilling tour de force -- her richest and most accomplished psychological thriller to date.

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The Skeleton Road

The Skeleton Road

Author: Val McDermid Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen's investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a world of intrigue and betrayal, spanning the dark days of the Balkan Wars. Karen's search for answers brings her to a small village in Croatia, a place scarred by fear, where people have endured unspeakable acts of violence. Meanwhile, someone is taking the law into their own hands in the name of justice and revenge -- but when present resentment collides with secrets of the past, the truth is more shocking than anyone could have imagined ...

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Cross and Burn

Cross and Burn

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Someone is brutally killing women. Women who bear a striking resemblance to former DCI Carol Jordan. The connection is too strong to ignore and soon psychological profiler Tony Hill finds himself dangerously close to the investigation, just as the killer is closing in on his next target. This is a killer like no other, hell-bent on inflicting the most severe and grotesque punishment on his prey. As the case becomes ever-more complex and boundaries begin to blur, Tony and Carol must work together once more to try and save the victims, and themselves.

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The Vanishing Point

The Vanishing Point

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2013

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? 

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Footloose

Footloose

Author: Val McDermid, Peter James Format: eBook Release Date: 06/07/2018

An original short story from iconic thriller collection Match Up, edited by Lee Child, featuring a never-before-seen pairing between bestsellers Val McDermid and Peter James - along with their popular series characters Carol Jordan, Tony Hill and Roy Grace.When the body of a woman is found without her feet, detective Carol Jordan and clinical psychologist Tony Hill team up with Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, whose team has made a grisly discovery of their own: a pair of human feet. Together, they make it their sole mission to catch a foot fetishist criminal.For more exciting short story pairings, don't miss all eleven short stories in Match Up!


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The Distant Echo

The Distant Echo

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

The first novel in the bestselling Karen Pirie series The award-winning Number One bestseller and Queen of crime fiction Val McDermid carves out a stunning psychological thriller. The past is behind them, but what's still to come will tear them apart... Some things just won't let go. The past, for instance. That night in the cemetery. The girl's body in the snow. On a freezing Fife morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left to die in an ancient Pictish cemetery. And the only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later the police mount a `cold case' review of Rosie's unsolved murder and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice. For the remaining two there is only one way to avoid becoming the next victim - find out who really killed Rosie all those years ago...


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Report for Murder

Report for Murder

Author: Val McDermid Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/04/2018

Freelance journalist Lindsay Gordon is strapped for cash. Why else would she agree to cover a fund-raising gala at a girls' public school? But when the star attraction is found garrotted with her own cello string minutes before she is due on stage, Lindsay finds herself investigating a vicious murder. Who would have wanted Lorna Smith Cooper dead? And who could have slipped out of the hall at just the right time to commit this cold-blooded crime?

Insidious Intent (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 10)

Insidious Intent (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 10)

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2018


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Insidious Intent

Insidious Intent

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

'Murdered people don't kill themselves . . .' A quiet night on a country road. The stillness shattered by a car engulfed in flames, and a burned body discovered in the driver's seat. As the investigation unfolds, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill quickly realise that this is more than just a tragic accident. And so begins the hunt for a truly terrifying killer, someone who believes he is invisible, untraceable and untouchable. As other victims are found to have met the same terrible fate, and with more women at risk, Tony and Carol are drawn into a dark and twisted web of fear and revenge that will force them to question their own ideas of justice . . . Discover the pulse-pounding new novel from the inimitable queen of crime and number one bestseller, Val McDermid, featuring two of the most iconic and unforgettable characters in crime fiction: Tony Hill and Carol Jordan


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Der Sinn des Todes

Der Sinn des Todes

Author: Val McDermid Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2017

Der dreiigste Kriminalroman der britischen Bestseller-Autorin: Val McDermid auf der Hohe ihrer Kunst!Ein betrunkener Siebzehnjhriger rast nachts mit einem gestohlenen Auto durch Dundee. Fr seine drei Kumpels endet die Fahrt tdlich. Der Hooligan berlebt - im Koma, fr immer schwer gezeichnet. berraschend frdert ein Routine-DNA-Test eine Verbindung zu einem zwanzig Jahre zurckliegenden, ungelsten Mordfall zutage. Wie kann das sein?Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie von Police Scotland ist sehr erfolgreich darin, verzwickte alte Flle aufzuklren. Doch schnell stellt sich heraus, dass der Fall mindestens so viele Windungen hat wie die DNA-Helix. Zeitgleich wird Karen in einen anderen, hnlich weit zurckliegenden Fall verwickelt, in dem sie eigentlich gar nicht ermitteln drfte. Aber ihr Sinn fr Gerechtigkeit lsst ihr keine andere Wahl... "e;Welche Superlative sind noch brig, um das Phnomen der vielfach preisgekrnten Val McDermid zu beschreiben?"e; Daily Mail


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Insidious Intent (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 10)

Insidious Intent (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 10)

Author: Val McDermid Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2017

*This special edition hardback contains a bonus short story* 'Murdered people don't kill themselves . . .' A quiet night on a country road. The stillness shattered by a car engulfed in flames, and a burned body discovered in the driver's seat. As the investigation unfolds, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill quickly realise that this is more than just a tragic accident. And so begins the hunt for a truly terrifying killer, someone who believes he is invisible, untraceable and untouchable. As other victims are found to have met the same terrible fate, and with more women at risk, Tony and Carol are drawn into a dark and twisted web of fear and revenge that will force them to question their own ideas of justice . . . Discover the pulse-pounding new novel from the inimitable queen of crime and number one bestseller, Val McDermid, featuring two of the most iconic and unforgettable characters in crime fiction: Tony Hill and Carol Jordan


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Insidious Intent

Insidious Intent

Author: Val McDermid Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 24/08/2017

In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: Someone is luring the women away, only to leave the victims' bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Tony and Carol are called upon to investigate but this may be the toughest case they've ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner Elinor must deal with a cruel cyber-blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.


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Resistance BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama

Resistance BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama

Author: Val McDermid Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/04/2017

Gina McKee stars in this chilling apocalyptic radio drama by award-winning writer Val McDermid. It's the Summer Solstice weekend, and 150,000 people have descended on a farm in the North East of England for an open-air music festival. Reporting on the event is journalist Zoe Meadows, who files her copy from a food van run by her friends Sam and Lisa. When some of Sam's customers get sick, it looks like food poisoning, and it's exacerbated by the mud, rain and inadequate sanitary facilities. It's assumed to be a 24-hour thing, until people get home and discover strange skin lesions, which ulcerate and turn septic. More people start getting ill - and dying. What looked like a minor bug is clearly much more serious: a mystery illness that's spreading fast and seems resistant to all antibiotics. Zoe teams up with Sam to track the outbreak to its source; meanwhile, can a cure be found before the disease becomes a pandemic? From a No 1 bestselling author, this original drama envisages a nightmare scenario that seems only too credible in our modern age. Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.


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Resistance

Resistance

Author: Val McDermid Format: eBook Release Date: 06/04/2017

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2017

The latest spine-chilling thriller from the queen of crime, Val McDermid. '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 ...Number one bestseller, Val McDermid returns with her most atmospheric, gripping novel to date. 'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent 'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail 'Incredibly suspenseful' Sunday Mirror

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Schwarzes Netz

Schwarzes Netz

Author: Val McDermid Format: eBook Release Date: 06/01/2017

Ein neuer Fall fur Carol Jordan und Tony Hill - die Bestseller-Reihe von Erfolgsautorin Val McDermidIn McDermids neuntem Thriller um das Ermittleduo Hill/Jordan ist der Polizeipsychologe Tony Hill mit einer mysterisen Serie von Selbstmorden konfrontiert. Stets sind es Frauen, die mitten im Leben stehen, mit ihren prononcierten Meinungen jedoch einen Shitstorm von Internet-Trollen hervorgerufen und diesen offenbar nicht verkraftet haben. Merkwrdig nur, dass sie alle den Freitod berhmter Schriftstellerinnen wie Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf oder Anne Sexton imitieren und sich deren Werke jeweils in der Nhe der Toten finden. DCI Carol Jordan ist unterdessen zurck in ihrem alten Job bei der Polizei und bekommt ein neues Team, mit dem sie im Norden Englands schwere Flle aufklren soll. Die rtselhafte Serie von Suiziden wird fr sie zur Nagelprobe. Hochspannung garantiert: "e;So packend, dass man alles um sich herum vergisst."e; The Times


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Das Lied der Sirenen & Schlussblende

Das Lied der Sirenen & Schlussblende

Author: Val McDermid Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2016

Nichts fur schwache Nerven!"e;Das Lied der Sirenen"e;Vier Mnner werden tot aufgefunden. Offenbar wurden sie vor ihrer Ermordung grausam gefoltert und verstmmelt. Der Psychologe Tony Hill wird von der Polizei um Hilfe bei der Lsung des Falles gebeten. Und sieht sich pltzlich einer Situation gegenber, mit der er nicht gerechnet hat: Wird er das nchste Opfer sein?"e;Schlussblende"e;Es gibt nichts Schrecklicheres, als die Wahrheit zu kennen, und niemand hrt zu. Die brillante Shaz Bowman ist Mitglied eines Elite-Polizeiteams, das das Verschwinden von 30 Mdchen aufklren soll. Als sie einen berhmten TV-Star verdchtigt, wird sie ausgelacht - und wenig spter entsetzlich verstmmelt aufgefunden. Fr den Polizeipsychologen Dr. Tony Hill beginnt ein persnlicher Rachefeldzug, bei dem nicht klar ist, wer Jger ist und wer Gejagter ... Zwei hochspannnende Thriller der Bestseller-Autorin Val McDermid in einem Band!


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Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

Author: Val McDermid Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 25/08/2016

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to a twisted unsolved murder from twenty-two years before. Meanwhile, Karen Pirie finds herself irresistibly drawn into another mystery that she has no business investigating; a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems...


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Val McDermid 3-Book Thriller Collection: The Mermaids Singing, The Wire in the Blood, The Last Temptation (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan)

Val McDermid 3-Book Thriller Collection: The Mermaids Singing, The Wire in the Blood, The Last Temptation (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan)

Author: Val McDermid Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2016

Read the first three books in Val McDermid's No. 1 bestselling crime series featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill, hero of TV's much loved WIRE IN THE BLOOD.THE MERMAIDS SINGINGUp till now, the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one's different - this one's on the loose.Four men have been found mutilated and tortured. As fear grips the city, the police turn to clinical psychologist Tony Hill for a profile of the killer. But soon Tony becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills where he has to use every ounce of his professional nerve to survive.THE WIRE IN THE BLOODYoung girls are disappearing around the country, and there is nothing to connect them to one another, let alone the killer whose charming manner hides a warped and sick mind.Dr Tony Hill, head of the new National Profiling Task Force, sets his team an exercise: they are given the details of missing teenagers and asked to discover any possible links between the cases. Only one officer comes up with a theory - a theory that is ridiculed by the group ... until one of their number is murdered and mutilated.For Tony Hill, the murder becomes a matter for personal revenge and, joined by colleague Carol Jordan, he embarks on a campaign of psychological terrorism - a game where hunter and hunted can all too easily be reversed.THE LAST TEMPTATIONA twisted killer targeting psychologists has left a grisly trail across Europe.Dr Tony Hill, expert at mapping the minds of murderers, is reluctant to get involved. But then the next victim is much closer to home...Meanwhile, his former partner DCI Carol Jordan is working undercover in Berlin, on a dangerous operation to trap a millionaire trafficker. When the game turns nasty, Tony is the only person she can call on for help.Confronting a cruelty that has its roots in Nazi atrocities, Tony and Carol are thrown together in a world of violence and corruption, where they have no one to trust but each other.