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The Distant Echo (Detective Karen Pirie, Book 1)
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Coming soon to ITV: The gripping thriller from the author of Sunday Times crime fiction bestsellers

About the Author

Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She divides her time between Northumberland and Cheshire.

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Praise for The Distant Echo:

'A classic ... McDermid pulls out all the stops. Impeccable' Guardian

'A few more sly, old-fashioned whodunits like this and she'll join the sturdy ranks of the queens of crime, on course to become Dame Val or Baroness McDermid' Sunday Times

'She has created some of the most appealing figures in current crime fiction. Val McDermid has used the crime genre to write a novel that, above everything else, celebrates life and loyalty' TLS

'A real page-turner and another McDermid triumph' Observer

'A powerful story of murder and revenge ... an exciting page-turner' Sunday Telegraph

Praise for Val McDermid:

'The queen of crime' Independent

'No one rivals Val McDermid's skill at writing truly terrifying thrillers' Good Housekeeping

'The real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers' Daily Express

'McDermid's capacity to enter the warped mind of a deviant criminal is shiveringly convincing' The Times

'Val McDermid is undoubtedly the queen of British crime' Observer

'McDermid's expertly juggled plotlines and masterful handling of pace and tension tick all the best boxes' Guardian

'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent

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

'Her writing is never less than excellent' Crime Time

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