Still Life: A Karen Pirie Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Mcdermid, Val
Series: Inspector Karen Pirie Mysteries
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
  FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic
Published: October 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 436
Size: 8.67in x 8.07in x 1.46in
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$ 38.95
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From The Publisher*

Val McDermid is the award-winning, international bestselling author of more than thirty novels and has been hailed as Britain's Queen of Crime. InStill Life, McDermid returns to her propulsive series featuring DCI Karen Pirie, who finds herself investigating the shadowy world of forgery, where things are never what they seem.

When a lobster fisherman discovers a dead body in Scotland's Firth of Forth, Karen is called into investigate. She quickly discovers that the case will require untangling a complicated web-including a historic disappearance, art forgery, and secret identities-that seems to orbit around a painting copyist who can mimic anyone from Holbein to Hockney. Meanwhile, a traffic crash leads to the discovery of a skeleton in a suburban garage. Needless to say, Karen has her plate full. Meanwhile,the man responsible for the death of the love of her life is being released from prison, reopening old wounds just as she was getting back on her feet.

Tightly plotted and intensely gripping,Still Life is Val McDermid at her best, and new and longtime readers alike will delight in the latest addition to this superior series.

Review Quote*


"[A] cunningly crafted fifth novel featuring Det. Chief Insp. Karen Pirie . . . McDermid expertly balances the book's multiple mysteries, giving none short shrift. Vividly sketched characters, a colorful narrative, and myriad twists keep the pages turning . . . McDermid continues her reign as queen of the police procedural."-Publishers Weekly

"We read crime fiction for enjoyment, comfort and reassurance. McDermid provides all this . . .Still Life shows that she is still at the height of her powers; it is deeply enjoyable, one of her best."-Scotsman


"McDermid remains unrivalled . . . brilliant."-Observer (UK) onHow the Dead Speak

"Further evidence that her ‘Queen of Crime' status will not be challenged."-Scotsman onHow the Dead Speak

"There are few other crime writers in the same league as Val McDermid. Her stories are ingeniously plotted, moody . . . Absorbing . . . It's Karen's character that's the enduring draw of this series . . .Out of Bounds is another terrific and intricate suspense novel by a writer who has given us 30 of them. As I said, there are few other crime writers in the same league as Val McDermid."-Maureen Corrigan,Washington Post onOut of Bounds

"Chock-full of crime . . . fans and newcomers to the series will enjoy the twists and turns."-Library Journal onHow the Dead Speak

"McDermid's books are relentlessly excellent, with sympathetically flawed characters, well-crafted storylines, a clever twist or two, and crisp dialogue. It's no wonder she's considered the queen of Scottish crime fiction."-BookPage onBroken Ground

Biographical Note

Val McDermid's best-selling novels have won theLos Angeles Times Book of the Year Award, and the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger and Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding achievement. She is also a multiple finalist for the Edgar Award, including for the Fact Crime nomineeForensics.