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Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid
  

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Shortlisted for the Galaxy Crime & Thriller of the Year Award 2011.

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 4 November 2010.

October 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.

Fans of a good thriller will enjoy Trick Of The Dark by crime writer Val McDermid, in which a shamed psychiatrist find herself drawn into a murder case that has taken place at her old Oxford college.

If you like Val McDermid you might also like to read books by Stuart MacBride, Fred Vargas and Jane Casey.

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Synopsis

Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid

'Death is a hollow drum whose beat has measured out my adult life.' So writes Jay Macallan Stewart in her latest volume of memoirs. But nobody has ever asked whether that has been by accident or design. Nobody, that is, until Jay turns her sights on newly-wed and freshly-widowed Magda Newsam. For Magda's mother Corinna is an Oxford don who knows enough of Jay's history to be very afraid indeed. Determined to protect her daughter, Corinna turns to clinical psychologist Charlie Flint. But it's not the best time for Charlie. Her career is in ruins. Pilloried by the press, under investigation by her peers, she's barred from the profiling work she loves. What Corinna's asking may be her last chance at redemption. But as Charlie digs into the past and its trail of bodies she starts to realise the price of truth may be more than she wants to pay.

Reviews

Thoughtful, tender and always entertaining * Guardian * A broad, winding murder mystery * Sunday Telegraph * An accomplished thriller, jumping from the past to the present and back with ease, taking in a range of characters and their perspectives...Trick of the Dark had me ruminating for days * Sunday Tribune * Layered with emotional and psychological complexity, this outstanding page-turner has television success written all over it * Scottish Daily Record * Keeps you guessing till the last page * Bella * This standalone from the Scottish force of nature, and creator of Robson Green's Wire In The Blood TV series, is a brutally clever story * Daily Mirror * A workout for the grey cells, perfectly executed * Daily Telegraph * Wonderfully compelling stuff * Daily Mail *


About the Author

Val McDermid

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

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Book Info

Publication date

17th February 2011

Author

Val McDermid

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Publisher

Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780751543223

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