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Past lying / Val McDermid.

McDermid, Val, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780802161499
  • ISBN: 0802161499
  • Physical Description: 452 pages : 24 cm.
  • Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2023.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"It's April 2020 and Edinburgh is in lockdown. 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 a mere pandemic doesn't mean crime takes a holiday. 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. At the center of it, a novel: two crime novelists facing off over a chessboard. But it quickly emerges that their real-life competition is drawing blood. What unspools is a twisted game of betrayal and revenge, and as Karen and her team attempt to disentangle fact from fiction, it becomes clear that this case is more complicated than they ever imagined."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Pirie, Karen (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
Women detectives > Fiction.
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- > Scotland > Edinburgh > Fiction.
Cold cases (Criminal investigation) > Fiction.
Murder > Investigation > Fiction.
Novelists > Fiction.
Edinburgh (Scotland) > Fiction.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)

Available copies

  • 12 of 37 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Stafford Library.


  • 9 current holds with 37 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Stafford Library FIC MCDERMID Karen Pirie bk. 7 (Text) 34061154929808 Adult New Fiction Checked out 12/16/2023

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