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Footloose

By Val McDermid and Peter James

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An original short story from iconic thriller collection Match Up, edited by Lee Child, featuring a never-before-seen pairing between bestselling authors McDermid and Peter James.

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!

Biographical Notes

Val McDermid is a No.1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over 15 million copies. As well as winning numerous international awards such as the CWA Gold Dagger and the LA Times Book of the Year Award, she was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award, was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Peter James is an international bestselling thriller writer. He is a #1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and he is published in thirty-seven languages. His DS Roy Grace crime novels have sold 18 million copies worldwide. Prior to becoming a full-time author, he was responsible for twenty-five movies. In 1994 his novel Host was the world's first electronic novel, published on two floppy discs. He received the CWA Diamond Dagger in 2016.

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  • ISBN: 9780751569056
  • Publication date: 06 Jul 2018
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