Dead Beat introduces Kate Brannigan, a female private detective set to do for Manchester what V.I. Warshawski has done for Chicago.
As a favour to her rock journalist boyfriend, Kate agrees to track down a missing song-writer Moira Pollock, a search that takes her into some of the seediest parts of Leeds and Bradford. But little does she realise that finding Moira is only a prelude to murder. Juggling her other cases, including a search to uncover the source of counterfeit luxury goods, Brannigan finds herself for the first time on the trail of a killer.
Kate Brannigan is a sparky, funny and much to be welcomed entrant into the still tiny profession of the female private eye… [Dead Beat is] tough, exciting, moody and unpredictable
— The Times
The story and characters are convincing and Kate is an attractively persistent sleuth whom I hope to see again
— Sunday Telegraph
You’d have to go far to meet a tougher girl gumshoe.
— Daily Telegraph, Mike Ripley
Fresh and funny, with a spanking sense of time and place.
— Literary Review
McDermid’s snappy, often comic prose keeps the story humming as Kate is drawn deeper and deeper into the twisted plot of her murder investigation.
— Publishers Weekly
Kate Brannigan is a sparky, funny and much to be welcomed entrant into the still tiny profession of the female private eye.
— The Times Saturday Review