Kate Brannigan isn’t just having a bad day. She’s having a bad week. The worst week of her life, if you really want to know. Her boyfriend’s death notice is in the newspaper, her plans to capture a team of heartless fraudsters are in disarray and a Celtic neo-punk band under siege want her to rescue them from the saboteurs who are trashing their posters and their gigs. As if that isn’t enough, Kate’s business partner wants her to buy him out so he can emigrate to Australia. Fine, except that private eyes with principles never have that kind of cash. Kate can’t even cry on her best friend’s shoulder, for Alexis has worries of her own. Her girlfriend Chris is pregnant, and when the doctor responsible for the pioneering and illegal fertility treatment is murdered, Alexis needs Kate like she’s never needed her before. So what’s a girl to do?
Delving into the alien world of medical experimentation and the underbelly of the rock music business, Kate confronts betrayal and cold-blooded greed as she fights to save not only her livelihood but her life as well…
Val McDermid’s Kate Brannigan should remain firmly at the top of the private investigator’s league.
— Sunday Telegraph
Solid pleasure… so smooth you can almost kid yourself you haven’t been sitting on the edge of your seat throughout.
— Mail on Sunday
This is crime-writing of the very highest order.
— The Times
McDermid’s galloping narrative converts information into pure protein.
— Literary Review