Val McDermid is a No.1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold more than sixteen million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010 and received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011. In 2016, Val received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. In 2017, she received the DIVA Literary Prize for Crime and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She is also the patron of the Scottish Book Trust. Val writes full time and lives in Edinburgh and the East Neuk of Fife.
'One of my favourite authors' Sara Paretsky 'Kate Brannigan is truly welcome... she is refreshingly funny' Daily Mail 'This is crime writing of the very highest order' Marcel Berlins, The Times 'McDermid packs it all into 237 highly readable pages' Natasha Cooper, TLS 'A powerful sense of place and the usual flak of misanthropic one-liners' Literary Review Praise for Val McDermid: 'No one rivals Val McDermid's skill at writing truly terrifying thrillers' Good Housekeeping 'The real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers' Daily Express 'McDermid's capacity to enter the warped mind of a deviant criminal is shiveringly convincing' The Times 'Val McDermid is undoubtedly the queen of British crime' Observer 'McDermid's expertly juggled plotlines and masterful handling of pace and tension tick all the best boxes' Guardian 'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent 'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review 'Her writing is never less than excellent' Crime Time