1979 (An Allie Burns Novel, 1) Hardcover – October 5, 2021 by Val McDermid

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[320 pages]

PUB: October 05, 2021

$27.00 $18.75

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Author: McDermid Val

Package Dimensions: 0x229x788

Number Of Pages: 320

Release Date: 05-10-2021

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Hailed as Britain’s Queen of Crime, Val McDermid’s award-winning, internationally bestselling novels have captivated readers for more than thirty years. Now, in 1979, she returns to the past with the story of Allie Burns, an investigative journalist whose stories lead her into world of corruption, terror, and murder.
It’s only January, and the year 1979 has already brought blizzards, strikes, power cuts, and political unrest. For journalist Allie Burns, however, someone else’s bad news is the unmistakable sound of opportunity knocking, an opportunity to get away from the “women’s stories” her editors at the Scottish daily The Clarion keep assigning her. Striking up an alliance with budding investigative journalist Danny Sullivan, Allie begins covering international tax fraud, then a group of Scottish ultranationalists aiming to cause mayhem ahead of a referendum on breaking away from the United Kingdom. Their stories quickly get attention and create enemies for the two young up-and-comers. As they get closer to the bleeding edge of breaking news, Allie and Danny may find their lives on the line.
The first novel in a brand-new series for McDermid, 1979 is redolent of the thundering presses, hammering typewriters, and wreaths of smoke of the Clarion newsroom. An atmospheric journey into the past with much to say about the present, it is the latest suspenseful, pitch-perfect addition to Val McDermid’s crime pantheon.


Praise for 1979
Amazon Editor’s Pick for “Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense”
“Masterful . . . 1979 is an enthralling novel and this series will, no doubt, be addictive.” —Oline H. Gogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel
“A sterling series launch from McDermid . . . McDermid does an excellent job capturing a time in Scotland’s history fraught with political unrest, IRA terrorism, and labor strikes that nearly paralyze the country. Fans will look forward to seeing more of the highly capable Allie.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred review)
“[McDermid] does a great job of capturing the atmosphere of the time . . . She enlivens the narrative with much ‘tabloidese’ and her customary generous usage of Scottish idioms . . .  This absorbing tale ends with the promise of more about Allie from one of the UK’s masters of crime fiction.” —Jane Murphy, Booklist
“News of a new novel from Val McDermid is always cause for celebration, and 1979 is a series starter with an intriguing hook.” —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Book Review
“McDermid does not hold back . . . With its retrospective feminist rage, its Glaswegian setting and a relatable central character, 1979 has all the ingredients for yet another successful McDermid series.” —Sue Turnbull, Sydney Morning Herald
“A queen of the genre in Britain . . . The plot is engrossing, the period atmosphere brilliant, and who can ever get enough of the way Scottish people talk?” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)
“Not content with having written four other excellent crime series  . . . Val McDermid has spent lockdown formulating a fifth . . . A nail-biting account of the newsroom, and Allie is another character I’m looking forward to learning more about.” —Alison Flood, Guardian

Praise for Val McDermid:
“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 (UK) on Still Life
“McDermid remains unrivalled . . . brilliant.”—Observer (UK) on How the Dead Speak
“McDermid is at the top of her game and readers will be highly rewarded for taking this new journey at her side.”—Crime Reads
“Further evidence that her ‘Queen of Crime’ status will not be challenged.”—Scotsman (UK) on How 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

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