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THE SECOND THRILLING NOVEL IN VAL MCDERMID’S NEW SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES

It’s 1989 and Allie Burns is back.

Older and maybe wiser, she’s running the northern news operation of the Sunday Globe, chafing at losing her role in investigative journalism and at the descent into the gutter of the UK tabloid media.

But there’s plenty to keep her occupied. The year begins with the memorial service to the victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, but Allie has barely filed her copy when she stumbles over a story about HIV/AIDS that will shock her into a major change of direction.

The world of newspapers is undergoing a revolution, there’s skulduggery in the medical research labs and there are seismic rumblings behind the Iron Curtain. When kidnap and murder are added to this potent mix, Allie is forced to question all her old certainties.

Praise for 1979

McDermid is at her considerable best’ GUARDIAN

‘Irresistible’ PATRICIA CORNWELL

‘A brilliant novel by a supremo of the genre’ PETER JAMES

‘Outstanding’ SPECTATOR

‘Another masterpiece’ DAVID BALDACCI

‘Sensational. One of Britain’s most accomplished writers’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

Reviews

Allie Burns is off to a flying start, and well worth following down the decades
Scotsman
McDermid is at her considerable best here
Guardian
Praise for 1979
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While "gripping" is an adjective over-used in book reviews, it's a fitting description of a sensational novel. A surefire bestseller from one of Britain's most accomplished writers
Sunday Express
A new series from Val McDermid promises to be an event - and 1979 delivers . . . A marvellous new character to follow through the years to come
Mick Herron
A tour-de-force . . . The Queen of Crime has delivered another masterpiece
David Baldacci
The Queen of Crime has done it again . . . Irresistible
Patricia Cornwell
McDermid can do edge-of-seat suspense better than most novelists . . . An excellent opener to what promises to be an outstanding series
Spectator
A supremo of the genre at the height of her powers . . . An unmissable new series
Peter James
Allie is a fabulous character, I'll go wherever she takes me and I'm dying to see what she does next
Marian Keyes
Packed full of Val McDermid's trademark brilliance, 1979 is a thrilling snapshot of a fascinating era
Jane Harper
A nail-biting new series
Observer