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Still Life

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, 2021

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751576948

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 4th February 2021

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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Don’t miss the series that inspired the major ITV drama, Karen Pirie, starring Lauren Lyle – Still Life is the sixth Karen Pirie thriller

Read Val McDermid’s masterful new novel, 1989, now and pre-order the eagerly awaited New Karen Pirie Thriller, publishing October 2023

No one can tell a story like she canDaily Express

The queen of psychological thrillersIrish Independent

‘The bodies never stay buried forever . . .’

On a freezing winter morning, fishermen pull a body from the sea. It is quickly discovered that the dead man was the prime suspect in a decade-old investigation, when a prominent civil servant disappeared without trace. DCI Karen Pirie was the last detective to review the file and is drawn into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets.

But Karen is already grappling with another case, one with even more questions and fewer answers. A skeleton has been discovered in an abandoned campervan and all clues point to a killer who never faced justice – a killer who is still out there.

In her search for the truth, Karen uncovers a network of lies that has gone unchallenged for years. But lies and secrets can turn deadly when someone is determined to keep them hidden for good . . .

Praise for Val McDermid:

‘Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . Unforgettable’ Guardian

‘Compulsively readable’ Irish Times

‘As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get’ Sunday Express

‘It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go’ Daily Mail

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

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An elegant and richly satisfying read
Daily Mail
Her most exhilarating, breath-taking thriller yet
East Anglian Daily Times
Still Life shows that she is still at the height of her powers . . . deeply enjoyable, one of her best
The sense of McDermid's books getting entangled with real life is particularly powerful
The Times
Tremendous. An effortlessly gripping read
The Observer