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A stunning new cold case novel from internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid about a car crash that opens up an unsolved murder from decades before.
Internationally best-selling author Val McDermid is one of our finest crime writers, whose gripping, impeccably plotted novels have garnered millions of listeners worldwide. In her latest, Out of Bounds, she delivers a riveting cold case novel featuring detective Karen Pirie.
When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from 22 years before. Finding the answer to the cold case should be straightforward. But it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself.
Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating - a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems.
An enthralling, twisty listen, Out of Bounds reaffirms Val McDermid's place as one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business.
©2016 Val McDermid (P)2016 W. F. Howes
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By Linda on 01-01-17

Karen Pirie Is Terrific Detective and Scottish!!

This was my first book by Val McDermid but it wasn't be my last. Can't imagine why I have not read her before now since murder mysteries and Scotland are my favorite things. I loved the narration by Kathleen McKarron. The Scots dialect by all of the characters was most rewarding and made the reader feel as if we are walking the streets of Edinburgh. I loved that the protagonist is a strong female detective of cold cases in the Police Scotland. The author weaves in weakness from the loss of her lover, her patience for her partner in the cold cases unit who doesn't live up to her standards, and her ability to get her way with her boss who sounds like a typical high level old school police supervisor but who knows Karen is often right in her investigations. There is enough action to keep one turning the pages and it is not easy to figure out who did it. I like that it is written in the current time period with just enough politics thrown in. All in all I liked this book very much and have already ordered another McDermid book. Hope Karen Pirie keeps solving cases.

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By Donna on 12-09-16

Another good one

I like this author's books. Scotland with bits of local color (macaroons made with a potato and sugar?) interesting cops, an involving story line with twists and turns. It is a treat to listen to this excellent reader.

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