Val McDermid’s 1989 has been a triumph, making the First Minister’s best books of 2022 list. Celebrate the Queen of Scottish Crime with us and our special guest chair.
It’s 1989 and Allie Burns is back…Older and maybe wiser, she’s running the northern news operation of the Sunday Globe , chafing at losing her role in investigative journalism and at the descent into the gutter of the UK tabloid media.
But there’s plenty to keep her occupied. The year begins with the memorial service to the victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, but Allie has barely filed her copy when she stumbles over a story about HIV/AIDS that will shock her into a major change of direction.
Val McDermid has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and has been translated into more than 40 languages.
She is perhaps best known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris. Her most recent TV series Traces aired in a BBC1 primetime slot in January of this year (2021), and a second series is currently in production, as is ITV’s adaptation of Karen Pirie, based on Val’s cold case detective of the same name.
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