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The unmissable first thriller in an electrifying, brand-new series from the Queen of Crime

Series: Allie Burns Series (book 1)
UK Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Literary agent: David Higham Associates
Publication date UK: 19 August 2021

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1979: The unmissable first thriller in an electrifying, brand-new series from the Queen of Crime.
The shadows hide a deadly story . . .
Hardcover – 19 Aug. 2021

1979 – Synopsis:

1979. It is the winter of discontent, and reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. There are few women in the newsroom and she needs something explosive for the boys’ club to take her seriously.

Soon Allie and fellow journalist Danny Sullivan are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland. They risk making powerful enemies – and Allie won’t stop there.

When she discovers a home-grown terrorist threat, Allie comes up with a plan to infiltrate the group and make her name. But she’s a woman in a man’s world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal.

This is the atmospheric, heart-pounding first novel in a gripping new series by the Queen of Crime Val McDermid.

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