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1989

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780751583106

Price: £20

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER



THE SECOND THRILLING NOVEL IN VAL MCDERMID’S NEW ALLIE BURNS SERIES


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There’s nothing like a killer story . . .

1989. The world is changing, and Allie Burns is still on the front line, covering the stories that count.

Although Allie is no longer an investigative journalist, her instincts are sharper than ever. When she discovers a lead about the exploitation of society’s most vulnerable, Allie is determined to give a voice to those who have been silenced.

As Allie edges closer to exposing the truth, she travels behind the Iron Curtain, to East Berlin on the brink of revolution. The dark heart of the story is more shocking than she ever imagined. And to tell it, Allie must risk her freedom and her life . . .

The latest Allie Burns thriller, set a decade after the bestselling first novel in the ground-breaking, iconic new series.
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Praise for the Allie Burns series



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

‘A masterly setter of scene’ SCOTSMAN

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Reviews

There is a great deal to enjoy in this novel . . . McDermid remains a masterly setter of a scene and developer of a storyline. There is an agreeable warmth to much of the book, and the evocation of the world of journalism and politics of the late 20th century is convincing . . . [A book] that will be deeply enjoyed
Scotsman
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 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
McDermid can do edge-of-seat suspense better than most novelists . . . An excellent opener to what promises to be an outstanding series
Spectator
A nail-biting new series
Observer
One of Britain's most successful crime novelists . . . The novel evokes glorious nostalgia for those who recall mobile phones like house bricks and laptops the size of suitcases
Sunday Times
McDermid is at her considerable best here
Guardian
Packed full of Val McDermid's trademark brilliance, 1979 is a thrilling snapshot of a fascinating era
Jane Harper
Studded with a wealth of period detail . . . It whips along like bushfire
Herald
The Queen of Crime has done it again . . . Irresistible
Patricia Cornwell
Allie Burns is off to a flying start, and well worth following down the decades
Scotsman
1989, by reigning queen of UK crime Val McDermid, is a sequel to her change-of-pace 1979 , the memorable beginning to a quintet of books set in a Glaswegian tabloid office . . . This is every bit as accomplished as its predecessor, with the same crisp sense of an increasingly distant era
Financial Times
Praise for 1979
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A book of many parts . . . [McDermid is] subverting the crime genre to her own ends. How the remaining three volumes will turn out is anyone's guess
The Times
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
McDermid convincingly recreates the grim era of AIDS, Lockerbie and Hillsborough while providing several juicy mysteries for the reader to gnaw on
Daily Mirror
A tour-de-force . . . The Queen of Crime has delivered another masterpiece
David Baldacci
A supremo of the genre at the height of her powers . . . An unmissable new series
Peter James