Clean BreakClean Break

Manchester-based private eye Kate Brannigan is not amused when thieves have the audacity to steal a Monet from a stately home where shed arranged the security.

She’s even less thrilled when the hunt for the thieves drags her on a treacherous foray across Europe as she goes head to head with organised crime. And as if that isn’t enough, a routine industrial sabotage case starts leaving a trail of bodies across the northwest, giving Kate more problems than she can deal with. Cleaning up the mess in Clean Break forces Kate to confront harsh truths in her own life as she battles with a testing array of villains in a case that stretches love and loyalty to the limits.

Series: Kate Brannigan Series
UK Publisher: Harper Collins
Literary agent: David Higham Associates
Publication date UK: 25 May 1995

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Solid pleasure…. this moves along with the speed of a Porsche.

— Mail On Sunday, Frances Fyfield

Top marks for pace and plot.

— Daily Telegraph, Mike Ripley

Zippy action, a well-crafted plot and some refreshingly gritty northern truths.

— The Times, Marcel Berlins

Sharp and very funny.

— The Sunday Telegraph, Susanna Yager

Sparklingly written.

— Daily Mail, Tim Binyon

McDermid’s heroine is as likeable as they come – she’s tough and tender in equal measures and has a lovely way with witty one liners.

— Liverpool Daily Post

This Manchester – set series is among the best with a slangy, wise – cracking heroine; good plots and a great cast of characters. A sure winner.

— MLB News

Val McDermid