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Broken Ground

(2018)
(The fifth book in the Karen Pirie series)
A novel by

 
 
A woman digs up a buried treasure—and a buried body—in the Scottish Highlands: “There are few other crime writers in the same league.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
Six feet under in a Highland peat bog lies Alice Somerville’s inheritance, buried by her grandfather at the end of World War II. But when Alice finally uncovers it, she finds an unwanted surprise—a body with a bullet hole between the eyes. Meanwhile, DCI Karen Pirie is dealing not only with this cold case but with a domestic violence case, and as as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. Or even the idea of what justice is.
An engrossing, twisty thriller, Broken Ground is an outstanding entry in this Diamond Dagger-winning author’s “superior series” (The New York Times Book Review).
 
“As always, McDermid’s story lines are as richly layered as her protagonist.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“One of the best things about this series is the details of Karen's working life, the obstacles as well as the satisfactions, and the small pleasures of her off hours.”—Kirkus Reviews

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Val McDermid seamlessly weaves multiple mysteries, modern forensics, and old grudges into one story that practically trembles from the narrative tension. Broken Ground is another smart procedural from an expert of the form." - Kristen Lepionka


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Hardback Editions

April 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Broken Ground
Author(s): Val McDermid
ISBN: 1-4448-4057-6 / 978-1-4448-4057-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Ltd
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December 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Broken Ground: A Karen Pirie Novel (Inspector Karen Pirie Mysteries, 5)
Author(s): Val McDermid
ISBN: 0-8021-2912-9 / 978-0-8021-2912-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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August 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Broken Ground (Karen Pirie)
Author(s): Val McDermid
ISBN: 1-4087-0935-X / 978-1-4087-0935-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Paperback Editions

December 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Broken Ground: A Karen Pirie Novel (Inspector Karen Pirie Mysteries, 5)
Author(s): Val McDermid
ISBN: 0-8021-4774-7 / 978-0-8021-4774-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Broken Ground (Karen Pirie)
Author(s): Val McDermid
ISBN: 0-7515-6825-2 / 978-0-7515-6825-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Broken Ground (Karen Pirie)
Author(s): Val McDermid
ISBN: 0-7515-7545-3 / 978-0-7515-7545-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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August 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Broken Ground (Karen Pirie)
Author(s): Val McDermid
ISBN: 1-4087-0936-8 / 978-1-4087-0936-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Broken Ground (The Karen Pirie Series)
Author(s): Val McDermid
ISBN: 1-66447-497-8 / 978-1-66447-497-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing
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December 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Broken Ground
Author(s): Val McDermid
Publisher: Recorded Books
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December 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Broken Ground
Author(s): Val McDermid
Publisher: Recorded Books
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August 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Broken Ground (Karen Pirie)
Author(s): Val McDermid
ISBN: 1-5288-1859-8 / 978-1-5288-1859-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Broken Ground: Karen Pirie, Book 5
Author(s): Val McDermid
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
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August 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Broken Ground: Karen Pirie, Book 5
Author(s): Val McDermid
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Broken Ground: Karen Pirie, Book 5
Author(s): Val McDermid
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Broken Ground (Karen Pirie Books Book 5)
Author(s): Val McDermid
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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August 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Broken Ground (Karen Pirie Book 5)
Author(s): Val McDermid
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU