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The Vanishing Point

Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award, 2013

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751546101

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ON SALE: 31st January 2013

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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‘Masterfully handled, and McDermid’s ability to wrong-foot the reader remains second to none: highly recommended’ Guardian

‘Taut, psychologically complex and so gripping that it puts your life on hold’ The Times

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?

A breathtakingly rich and gripping standalone thriller, that demonstrates why Val McDermid is hailed as the Queen of Crime.

If you enjoyed The Vanishing Point, don’t miss the first in a new series from the unrivalled Queen of Crime. 1979 is out now, introducing the unforgettable Allie Burns.
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Praise for Val McDermid:

Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . UnforgettableGuardian

Compulsively readableIrish Times

As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to getSunday Express

It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets goDaily Mail

One of today’s most accomplished crime writers’ Literary Review

Reviews

Intelligent and hypnotically readable . . . entertaining and thought-provoking book
Spectator
A McDermid standalone is always an event to cherish because you don't know who you'll meet or where you'll be taken
Daily Mirror
The strands come together and lead to an eye-blinkingly effective climax. (An) intelligent and hypnotically readable thriller...entertaining and thought provoking
Spectator
A psychological thriller, but it's also a splendidly mordant comment on our fame culture and its consequences
The Times
This is a gripping psychological thriller from the beginning to the unexpected ending. A first class novel and McDermid's best to date
Woman's Way Ireland
A gripping tale
Choice
McDermid handles the various strands of the story with consummate mastery, and the reader is swept along to the story's genuinely shocking denouement
Irish Independent
An efficiently crafted psychological thriller with an ending that knocks you sideways
Independent on Sunday
McDermid's ability to wrong-foot the reader remains second to none: highly recommended
Guardian