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 years as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. Now a full-time writer, she divides her time between Cheshire and Northumberland. Her novels have won international acclaim and a number of prestigious awards, including the Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year, the Anthony Award for best novel, and the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award. Her thriller series featuring criminal profiler Tony Hill has been adapted into the much-loved TV series Wire in the Blood.
'McDermid is at the peak of her murderous craft' Mirror
'The Queen of serial killers in this country keeps her end up.... few can scoop Val on throat-clutching narrative... Marvellous' Daily Mail
'All the craft, panache and pace that we have come to expect from this outstanding writer... Vintage stuff: unplug the phone, lock the door and prepare to read in a sitting' Guardian
'Peerless ... One of the world's finest crime writers, McDermid is currently at the top of her game' Glasgow Herald
'McDermid's writing gets better and better' Spectator