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Out of Bounds

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

2017 McIlvanney Prize (nominee)
2017 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (shortlist)

Don't miss the series that inspired the major ITV drama, Karen Pirie, starring Lauren Lyle - Out of Bounds is the fourth Karen Pirie thriller

Read Val McDermid's masterful new novel, 1989, now and pre-order the eagerly awaited New Karen Pirie Thriller, publishing October 2023

'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go'
Daily Mail

'Incredibly suspenseful'Sunday Mirror

'There are lots of things that ran in families, but murder wasn't one of them . . .'

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a twenty-year-old murder inquiry. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is an expert at solving the unsolvable. With each cold case closed, justice is served. So, finding the answer should be straightforward, but it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself.

Meanwhile Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another case, one that she has no business investigating. And as she pieces together decades-old evidence, Karen discovers the most dangerous kinds of secrets. Secrets that someone is willing to kill for . . .

An atmospheric, gripping mystery from the number one bestseller.

Praise for Val McDermid:

Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . Unforgettable' Guardian

Compulsively readable' Irish Times

As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get' Sunday Express

This is the fourth book in the bestselling Karen Pirie series.

Genre: Mystery

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