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Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three years as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. Now a full-time writer, she divides her time between Cheshire and Northumberland. Her novels have won international acclaim and a number of prestigious awards, including the Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year, the Anthony Award for best novel, and the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award. Her thriller series featuring criminal profiler Tony Hill has been adapted into the much-loved TV series Wire in the Blood.
'Val McDermid is one of the few crime authors who can be convincing when it comes to 'writing tough' yet retain a powerful emotional insight... McDermid is doing something quite extraordinary with the crime fiction suspense thriller' Scotland on Sunday 'This is a hugely ambitious novel, involving three police forces, of which the British seem to be the most Machiavellian' Express Praise for Val McDermid: 'Val McDermid is a roaring Ferrari amid the crowded traffic on the crime-writing road' Independent 'McDermid has become our leading pathologist of everyday evil... The subtle orchestration of terror is masterful' Guardian