Val McDermid, Featured Author, Little, Brown Book Group

Queen of the psychological thriller

Val McDermid

Val McDermid is the author of 22 bestselling novels, which have been translated into 30 languages, and have sold over 10 million copies. She has won many awards 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
Woke up this morning with a head full of story.Unfortunately it was only 3:48 so I had to go back to sleep.

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The Vanishing Point - Chapter One

It's every parent's worst nightmare - your child abducted while you look on, helpless. But five-year-old Jimmy's life is shrouded in secrets, and his mother will be forced to make the most difficult choice of her life - a choice that will affect everyone around her...
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The Retribution

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The unforgettable, gripping new Tony Hill and Carol Jordan novel

There is one serial killer who has shaped and defined police profiler Tony Hill's life. One serial killer whose evil surpasses all others. One serial killer who has the power to chill him to the bone: Jacko Vance.

And now Jacko is back in Tony's life. Even more twisted and cunning than ever before, he is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony - and DCI Carol Jordan - for the years he has spent in prison.

Tony doesn't know when Jacko will strike, or where. All he knows is that Jacko will cause him to feel fear like he has never known before - and devastate his life in ways he cannot imagine...

It's perhaps fitting that for McDermid's 25th novel she's revisited her most thrillingly murderous creation, Jacko VanceVal McDermid's 25th novel is stunningly good, but it comes with a health warning. It is truly disturbingMcDermid never pulls her punches in her graphic descriptions of the evils men (and women) inflict on each other...tension filled from start to finishHer writing is taut, her plotting pacy... McDermid is particularly good at analysing human damage and its effectsTo write one brilliant book is hard. To write 25 is a miracle. That is what Val McDermid has achieved over the course of her career and it's why she is a much-loved legend in the literary world...the pace here is flawless and the various storylines are expertly interwoven...a superb crime novelBrilliant ... sensational ...unforgettableIt's a tribute to McDermid's skill as a storyteller that she deliberately creates a trio of central characters who are essentially incapable of conventional empathy yet still manages to sustain reader sympathy right through to the coldly brutal finaleMcDermid has pulled out all the stops, delivering a fast-moving taleVal 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 awards 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 was 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.Trick of the Dark is now Val McDermid's fastest-selling paperback ever, with over 50,000 copies sold in under three weeksCreator of the Wire in the Blood series for ITVCritical acclaim from peersHer novels have been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copieswww.valmcdermid.com
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Fever Of The Bone

By Val McDermid
Tony Hill and Carol Jordan make a nail-biting return

You should have been a detective. If there's one thing the last year has proved, it's how good you are at finding things out. Not simple things. Hard things. Things that nobody is supposed to be able to find out. Things that are buried so deep nobody even thinks twice about them. The sort of things that turn people's lives inside out once they're exposed.'

Meet Tony Hill's most twisted adversary - a killer with a shopping list of victims, a killer unmoved by youth and innocence, a killer driven by the most perverted of desires. The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it's not long before Tony realises it's just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign that's targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people. Struggling with the newly-awakened ghosts of his own past and desperate for distraction in his work, Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most testing investigation yet.

So gripping that it puts your life on holdShe is the real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers; no-one can plot or tell a story like she can. The hairs on my neck literally stood upMcDermid remains unrivalled at yoking chilling scenarios to a pulsing narrative; and Hill's torment is palpable in this scary, dark thriller. BrilliantEverything a great detective novel should be: pacy, gripping, clever and stylish and, most of all, a fantastic readVal 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 awards 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 was 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.The first of Val McDermid's books for Little, Brown: great plans afoot for re-inventionHugely popular author, award-winner and presence on TV and radioCreator of the Wire in the Blood series for ITVHer novels have been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copies
I feel a sense of satisfaction when I think I’ve achieved a villain that feels like a three-dimensional character. Even if all three of those dimensions are pretty dark!

Val McDermid interviewed

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