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1979

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780751583069

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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THE FIRST IN A THRILLING NEW SERIES FROM THE QUEEN OF CRIME

The shadows hide a deadly story . . .


1979. It is the winter of discontent, and reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. There are few women in the newsroom and she needs something explosive for the boys’ club to take her seriously.

Soon Allie and fellow journalist Danny Sullivan are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland. They risk making powerful enemies – and Allie won’t stop there.

When she discovers a home-grown terrorist threat, Allie comes up with a plan to infiltrate the group and make her name. But she’s a woman in a man’s world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal.

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‘A brilliant novel by a supremo of the genre at the height of her powers. A cast of engaging new characters promise to make this an unmissable new seriesPETER JAMES

‘Val McDermid is the absolute QUEEN. Allie is a fabulous character, I’ll go wherever she takes me and I’m dying to see what she does nextMARIAN KEYES

‘Packed full of Val McDermid’s trademark brilliance, 1979 is a thrilling snapshot of a fascinating era’ JANE HARPER

Unrivalled. Unmissable. Unforgettable. 1979 is Val McDermid at her nail-biting, heart-rending bestCHRIS WHITAKER

‘McDermid was a newshound at the time and it shows . . . Her best book in yearsTHE TIMES, BOOK OF THE MONTH

‘A brilliant thriller, as well as a perfect snapshot of the social and political issues of the time’ LINWOOD BARCLAY

‘A new series from Val McDermid promises to be an event – and 1979 delivers. Full of wit, thrills and incisive social observation and features a marvellous new character to follow through the years to come’ MICK HERRON

Absolutely fantastic. I have been reading Val McDermid for twenty-five years, so I am really saying something when I tell you I enjoyed this novel the mostCHRIS BROOKMYRE

Brilliant characters, masterful plotting and a pitch-perfect evocation of the heyday of newspapers. I loved itCHRIS HAMMER

Reviews

Praise for Val McDermid
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A brilliant thriller, as well as a perfect snapshot of the social and political issues of the time. If there's a novel that better captures what working on a newspaper was like back in the day, I can't think of it
Linwood Barclay
A new series from Val McDermid promises to be an event - and 1979 delivers. It's full of wit, thrills and incisive social observation, and features, in Allie Burns, a marvellous new character to follow through the years to come
Mick Herron
The queen of crime is still at the top of her game
Independent
Val McDermid was a newshound at the time and it shows . . . This is her best book in years
The Times, Book of the Month
Unrivalled. Unmissable. Unforgettable. 1979 is Val McDermid at her nail-biting, heart-rending best
Chris Whitaker
Val McDermid is the absolute QUEEN. It's great that this is the first of a new series. Allie is a fabulous character, I'll go wherever she takes me and I'm dying to see what she does next
Marian Keyes
A brilliant novel by a supremo of the genre at the height of her powers. A cast of engaging new characters promise to make this an unmissable new series and a thrilling addition to the genre
Peter James
Praise for 1979
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Allie is a gratifyingly multi-faceted character, and the sociopolitical elements here add a frisson
Financial Times
Brilliant characters, masterful plotting and a pitch-perfect evocation of the heyday of newspapers. I loved it
Chris Hammer
Absolutely fantastic. I have been reading Val McDermid for twenty-five years, so I am really saying something when I tell you I enjoyed this novel the most. Immersive in its authenticity and pungently atmospheric . . . For someone who remembers the print newsrooms in their heyday, it was a trip into the past so realistic I could smell the fag smoke on my clothes
Chris Brookmyre
Packed full of Val McDermid's trademark brilliance, 1979 is a thrilling snapshot of a fascinating era
Jane Harper
McDermid remains unrivalled . . . brilliant
Observer
McDermid's storytelling is as classy and compelling as ever
Guardian