Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press

Past Lying

by Val McDermid

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In this latest installment to her acclaimed detective series, internationally bestselling author Val McDermid returns with DCI Karen Pirie in a propulsive new thriller of deceit and vengeance, set against the disquiet and investigative challenges of a global pandemic

  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Page Count 464
  • Publication Date November 14, 2023
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-6149-9
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $27.00
  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Publication Date November 14, 2023
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-6150-5
  • US List Price $27.00

Hailed as Britain’s “Queen of Crime” (Scotsman), Val McDermid is the award-winning, internationally bestselling author of over thirty novels that have enthralled readers for the past three decades. The long-awaited seventh novel in McDermid’s acclaimed Karen Pirie series, Past Lying is a breakneck collision of ego, retribution, and just how far one will go to settle the score.

It’s April 2020 and Edinburgh is in lockdown, but that doesn’t mean crime takes a holiday. It would seem like a strange time for a cold case to go hot—the streets all but empty, an hour’s outdoor exercise the maximum allowed—but when a source at the National Library contacts DCI Karen Pirie’s team about documents in the archive of a recently deceased crime novelist, it seems it’s game on again. What unspools is a twisted game of betrayal and revenge, but no one quite expects how many twists it will turn out to have.

Tense, atmospheric, and relentlessly captivating, Past Lying is another winner from Val McDermid, and new and longtime readers alike will delight in this triumphant return to a stellar series.

Praise for Val McDermid:

“[A] relentlessly engrossing series.”Wall Street Journal on Broken Ground

“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 on Out of Bounds

“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 is at the top of her game and readers will be highly rewarded for taking this new journey at her side.”CrimeReads on Still Life

“A thriller as steely and superlative as its heroine.”—O, The Oprah Magazine on Broken Ground

“No one writes sturdier mysteries than Val McDermid.”Chicago Tribune on Out of Bounds

“McDermid remains unrivalled . . . brilliant.”—Observer (UK) on How the Dead Speak

“Further evidence that her ‘Queen of Crime’ status will not be challenged.”—Scotsman on How the Dead Speak

“Chock-full of crime . . . fans and newcomers to the series will enjoy the twists and turns.”—Library Journal on How 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 on Broken Ground