A Place of Execution

· HarperCollins UK
44 reviews

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A riveting psychological thriller from the Number One bestselling Queen of crime fiction – Val McDermid.

In the Peak District village of Scardale, thirteen-year-old girls didn’t just run away. So when Alison Carter vanished in the winter of ’63, everyone knew it was a murder.

Catherine Heathcote remembers the case well. A child herself when Alison vanished, decades on she still recalls the sense of fear as parents kept their children close, terrified of strangers.

Now a journalist, she persuades DI George Bennett to speak of the hunt for Alison, the tantalizing leads and harrowing dead ends. But when a fresh lead emerges, Bennett tries to stop the story – plunging Catherine into a world of buried secrets and revelations.

‘One of the all-time greats – special in every way’ Lee Child

‘This book changed everything I thought I knew about crime fiction’ Belinda Bauer, bestselling author of Snap

‘Every now and then, a writer transforms the landscape of the literary canon: Val McDermid is one such writer’ Fiona Cummins, bestselling author of Rattle

‘Just mesmerizing’ Joseph Knox, bestselling author of Sirens

‘A brilliant book’ Holly Watt, award winning author of To the Lions

'From the first pages, we know we're in the hands of a master ' Jeffrey Deaver

‘Beautifully written’ Daily Telegraph

'One of the best detective stories I've read' Ruth Rendell

‘Possibly the best McDermid has written’ Sunday Telegraph

44 reviews
Susannah Hallas
May 18, 2020
A gripping story, I don't normally read crime novels but enjoyed this in spite of the unpleasant subject matter.
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Elaine B
June 24, 2013
Very entertaining read as are all her books crime writer I read all her books
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very riveting. there's always a sense that something is not as it seems but i never guessed what it was. the plot around the policeman is convincing and makes the book a bit more than just a whodunnit

About the author

Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year, the LA Times Book of the Year Award and the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.

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