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Manchester-based, kick-boxing PI Kate Brannigan takes on the hard men of European organised crime as she battles to recover a Monet in a case that stretches love and loyalty to the limits. Manchester-based private eye Kate Brannigan is not amused when thieves have the audacity to steal a Monet from a stately home where she's arranged 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 organized crime. And as if that isn't enough, a routine industrial 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. / McDermid won the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel with serial-killer thriller The Mermaids Singing. / Highly promotable author with massive fan base and guaranteed excellent reviews. / Wire in the Blood, a major television drama for this autumn, is an adaption of her hugely successful Tony Hill thrillers. / Competition: Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich
Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community and then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She is now a full-time writer and lives in South Manchester.
'Tough, funny and intensely topical. McDermid stands out as one of the few contemporary writers actually nourished by the here and now' Literary Review 'Fast, fluently told story: Kate is as tough as Warshawski but less hung up on political correctness' Daily Mail 'Kate Brannigan is wonderful' Frances Fyfield