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Past lying / Val McDermid.

McDermid, Val, (author.).


"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.

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.
  • Distributor: [Berkley, CA] : Distributed by Publishers Group West.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Sequel to: Still life.
"First published in Great Britain in 2022 by Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown UK"--Title page verso.
Subject: Pirie, Karen (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
Women detectives > Fiction.
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- > Scotland > Edinburgh > Fiction.
Social isolation > Fiction.
Cold cases (Criminal investigation) > Fiction.
Murder > Investigation > Fiction.
Archivists > Fiction.
Novelists > Fiction.
Missing persons > Fiction.
Edinburgh (Scotland) > Fiction.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)

Available copies

  • 18 of 23 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Carthage Public.


  • 2 current holds with 23 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Carthage Public Library FIC McDermid, Val (Text) 34MO2001817701 Adult Fiction Available -

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