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The Best Val McDermid Books

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List of the best Val McDermid books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Val McDermid is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. If you're a huge fan of her work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Val McDermid who want to know which novels they should start reading first. Suspenseful and full of chills and thrills, these books will keep you turning the page. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out her work if you're a big reader.List includes Report for Murder, Conferences Are Murder and more. What are Val McDermid's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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    A Place of Execution is an acclaimed crime novel by Val McDermid, first published in 1999. The novel won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the 2001 Dilys Award, was shortlisted for both the Gold Dagger and the Edgar Award, and was chosen by the New York Times as one of the most notable books of the year. It has two parallel storylines; the first, set in 1963, follows Detective Inspector George Bennett, who attempts to locate a missing girl in Derbyshire. The second, set in the present day, follows journalist Catherine Heathcote, whose plans to publish a story of the investigation are derailed when Bennett inexplicably stops cooperating and she attempts to find out why....  more
    • Author: Val McDermid
    • First Published: 1999
    • Subjects: Detective, Crime
    • Genres (Book): Crime Fiction, Mystery, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
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    The Wire in the Blood is a novel by Val McDermid. Criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan look for patterns in cases involving missing teenage girls and they end up being hunted by a brilliant and terrifying killer.

    • Author: Val McDermid
    • Subjects: Police procedural, England
    • Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction
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    The Distant Echo is a book by Val McDermid....  more
    • Author: Val McDermid
    • First Published: 2003
    • Subjects: Revenge, Scotland, Murder
    • Genres (Book): Crime Fiction
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    • Author: Val McDermid