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In the new installment to her historical crime series that began with 1979, internationally bestselling author Val McDermid delivers a propulsive new thriller that finds journalist Allie Burns has become an editor, and as the Cold War and AIDS crisis deliver a nonstop tide of news, most of it bad, a story falls into her lap. And then there's a murder.

Hailed as Britain's Queen of Crime, Val McDermid's award-winning, internationally bestselling novels have captivated readers for more than thirty years. In her Allie Burns series, she returns to the past--both ours and in some ways her own--with the story of a female journalist whose stories lead her into world of corruption, terror, and murder.

It's 1989 and Allie Burns is back. Older and maybe wiser, she's running the northern news operation of the Sunday Globe, chafing at losing her role in investigative journalism and at the descent into the gutter of the UK tabloid media. But there's plenty to keep her occupied. The year begins with the memorial service for the victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, but Allie has barely filed her copy when she stumbles over a story about HIV/AIDS that will shock her into a major change of direction. The world of newspapers is undergoing a revolution, there's skullduggery in the medical research labs and there are seismic rumblings behind the Iron Curtain. When murder is added to this potent mix, Allie is forced to question all her old certainties.

Readers are having a great time time-traveling with Val, and 1989 is a seamless, riveting novel that brings us once again face to face with how very much past is prologue, and how history's sins stay with us.


About the Author

Val McDermid's best-selling novels have won the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award, and the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger and Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding achievement. She is also a multiple finalist for the Edgar Award, including for the Fact Crime nominee Forensics.

Praise for 1989:


"Stellar sequel . . .
McDermid is writing at the top of her game."--Publishers Weekly,
starred review

"Ms.
McDermid, a skillful plotter, thus builds the framework for an even more
elaborate story. Sharp characterizations and startling revelations mark this
outstanding work, which is by turns a murder mystery and a chilling tale of
historical retribution."--Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

"McDermid has fired up her time machine again and is taking us back to 1989 . . . A riveting look backward from Scotland's Queen of Crime."--Booklist (starred review)

"1989 is a great
snapshot of a now-bygone era that is still eerily familiar. Allie Burns is a
no-nonsense character, in much the same way as her creator, and the book pulls
no punches whatsoever."--Ray Palen, Bookreporter

"Readers are mired with Allie in the late '80s, when
mobile phones were the size of lunchboxes, when AIDS was ravaging the U.K.,
when a jetliner was bombed out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland, and when
the Soviet Union was on the verge of collapse. All in all, not a time to be
nostalgic for, and true to form, McDermid spins the tale without a whiff of
sentimentality . . . You don't need to read 1979 to hit the ground
running with 1989, but you will want to have Wikipedia open to look up
all the fascinating historical and cultural moments McDermid references along
the way."--BookPage

"Val McDermid's
ambitious project of chronicling each decade's highlights, showing how big and
small events relate to individuals, takes another leap forward with the
enthralling 1989 ... A playlist of McDermid's personal top 40 music
enhances 1989, a novel that accentuates the decade's advances and
failures."--Oline H. Cogdill, Shelf Awareness

"Compelling, eye-opening, and utterly suspenseful, we love
this series." --Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Book Review

"1989
is a full-body immersion in a world gone by, and a constant reminder of how
history determines the present."--Angela Bauer, Jacksonville
Journal-Courier


Praise for Val McDermid

"We read crime fiction for enjoyment, comfort and reassurance. McDermid provides all this . . . Still Life shows that she is still at the height of her powers; it is deeply enjoyable, one of her best."--Scotsman (UK) on Still Life

"McDermid remains unrivalled . . . brilliant."--Observer (UK) on How the Dead Speak

"McDermid is at the top of her game and readers will be highly rewarded for taking this new journey at her side."--Crime Reads

"Further evidence that her 'Queen of Crime' status will not be challenged."--Scotsman (UK) on How the Dead Speak

"There are few other crime writers in the same league as Val McDermid. Her stories are ingeniously plotted, moody . . . Absorbing . . . It's Karen's character that's the enduring draw of this series . . . Out of Bounds is another terrific and intricate suspense novel by a writer who has given us 30 of them. As I said, there are few other crime writers in the same league as Val McDermid."--Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post on Out of Bounds

"McDermid excels in putting the reader at the center of the action . . . When all is said and done, rough justice is achieved in The Skeleton Road, but my bones tell me we haven't seen the last of Inspector Pirie--or at least I hope not."--Janet Napolitano, Los Angeles Times

"McDermid's books are relentlessly excellent, with sympathetically flawed characters, well-crafted storylines, a clever twist or two, and crisp dialogue. It's no wonder she's considered the queen of Scottish crime fiction."--BookPage on Broken Ground


Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Pub date:
Length:
416 pages
Format: Hardcover