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Crack Down (PI Kate Brannigan, Book 3)


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'Crime writing of the very highest order ! Kate Brannigan has turned into the most interesting sleuthess around' The Times There was only one reason Manchester-based private eye Kate Brannigan was prepared to let her boyfriend help out with the investigation into a car sales fraud -- nothing bad could happen. But by now Kate should know that with Richard you have to expect the unexpected. With the unexpected being Richard behind bars, Kate seems to be the obvious choice to look after his eight-year-old son -- who proves even more troublesome than his father. Kate finds herself dragged into a world of drug traffickers, child pornographers, fraudsters and violent gangland enforcers! bringing her face to face with death in the most terrifying investigation of her career. / McDermid won the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel with serial-killer thriller The Mermaids Singing. / Highly promotable author with massive fan base and guaranteed excellent reviews. / Wire in the Blood, a major television drama for this autumn, is an adaption of her hugely successful Tony Hill thrillers. / Competition: Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich

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Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community and 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 is now a full-time writer and lives in South Manchester.


Private investigator Kate Brannigan also refers to other detective fiction while establishing mood. And it is a heavy mood that descends from the onset when Kate's boyfriend, Richard, a rock journalist, finds himself jailed for drug charges. Kate hustles to corner the true dealers while attempting to hide Richard's trouble from his visiting eight-year-old son. Kate's nifty friends/contacts, including a powerful female lawyer, a lesbian newspaper writer, and her own male business partner, help make Manchester a palatable place to live. Inviting characters, plot, and premise, then, with steady building suspense as well. Recommended.

'Tough, funny and intensely topical. McDermid stands out as one of the few contemporary writers actually nourished by the here and now' Literary Review 'Fast, fluently told story: Kate is as tough as Warshawski but less hung up on political correctness' Daily Mail 'Kate Brannigan is wonderful' Frances Fyfield

British PI Kate Brannigan persuades her lover, Richard, to help out in an investigation of auto-financing fraud. He agrees and ends up in jail, busted for possessing two kilos of crack he didn't know were stashed in the car he was driving. Kate wants to help him, but she can't risk blowing his cover or exposing him to danger from drug dealers who resent his interference. Richard's lawyer suggests that the PI find the real criminals and turn them over to the police, complete with incriminating evidence, please. So she does, bagging enough bad guys to make a video-game player proud. Along the way Kate depends on assorted useful friends, including a burglar, a member of the Manchester police force, a reporter, a physician, an employee at social services and an assistant to a financial broker. She also calls upon skills cultivated in her Thai boxing training. Someone is murdered, an act Kate may have contributed to, but it's all part of the nonstop action, through which McDermid's (Kick Back) heroine charges with remarkable aplomb. (Nov.)

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