Val McDermid was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer living in South Manchester. In 1995, she won the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year for "The Mermaids Singing." Her novel "A Place of Execution" won a "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and named a "New York Times "Notable Book of the Year.
Fine, intelligent, griping. "The New York Times" A superb psychological thriller. "Cosmopolitan" Shocking...stunningly exciting, horrifyingly good. "Ruth Rendell""