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Still Life

The breathtaking new DCI Karen Pirie thriller from number one bestseller and queen of crime, Val McDermid. When a body is pulled from the sea, Karen must reopen a case from a decade before, drawing her into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets.

Series: Karen Pirie Series (book 6)
UK Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Literary agent: David Higham Associates
Publication date UK: 20 August 2020
Publication date US: 19 October 2021

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‘The bodies never stay buried forever . . .’
The number one bestseller and unrivalled queen of crime Val McDermid is back with her most exhilarating, breath-taking thriller yet.
Published in UK 20 August 2020

Still Life – Synopsis:

On a freezing winter morning, fishermen pull a body from the sea. It is quickly discovered that the dead man was the prime suspect in a decade-old investigation, when a prominent civil servant disappeared without trace. DCI Karen Pirie was the last detective to review the file and is drawn into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets.

But Karen is already grappling with another case, one with even more questions and fewer answers. A skeleton has been discovered in an abandoned campervan and all clues point to a killer who never faced justice – a killer who is still out there.

In her search for the truth, Karen uncovers a network of lies that has gone unchallenged for years. But lies and secrets can turn deadly when someone is determined to keep them hidden for good…


‘Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . Unforgettable’

The Guardian

‘Compulsively readable’

The Irish Times

‘As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get’

The Sunday Express

‘It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go’

The Daily Mail

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