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Crime writer Val McDermid grew up in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, and studied English at Oxford University. She trained as a journalist and worked on various national newspapers for 14 years before becoming a writer. Her first published book was Report for Murder (1987), and since then, she has written a large number of crime novels. These include three different series of books: The Lindsay Gordon Mystery series which comprises Report for Murder (1987), Common Murder (1989), Final Edition (1991), Union Jack (1993), Booked for Murder (1996) and Hostage to Murder (2003); The Kate Branningan Mystery series which comprises Dead Beat (1992), Kick Back (1993), Crack Down (1994), Clean Break (1995), Blue Genes (1996) and Star Struck (1998); and the Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Mystery series which includes The Mermaids Singing (1995), The Wire in the Blood (1997), The Last Temptation (2002) and The Torment of Others (2004), which won the 2006 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.

The Wire in the Blood has been made into a successful television series. Her book Stranded (2005), is her second collection of short stories. The first collection, The Writing on the Wall and other stories was published in 1997.  She is also the author of a book of non-fiction, A Suitable Job for a Woman: Inside the World of Women Private Eyes (1995). Her latest crime novel is A Darker Domain (2008).

Val McDermid was a crime reviewer for the Manchester Evening News for four years, still writes occasional journalism, and broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Scotland. Her work has been translated into over 30 languages.

 

 

A Darker Domain by Val McDermid

Bibliography

Report for Murder   Women's Press, 1987

Common Murder   Women's Press, 1989

Final Edition   Women's Press, 1991

Dead Beat   Gollancz, 1992

Kick Back   Gollancz, 1993

Union Jack   Women's Press, 1993

Crack Down   HarperCollins, 1994

A Suitable Job for a Woman: Inside the World of Women Private Eyes   HarperCollins, 1995

Clean Break   HarperCollins, 1995

The Mermaids Singing   HarperCollins, 1995

Blue Genes   HarperCollins, 1996

Booked for Murder   HarperCollins, 1996

The Wire in the Blood   HarperCollins, 1997

The Writing on the Wall and other stories   Revolver, 1997

Star Struck   HarperCollins, 1998

A Place of Execution   HarperCollins, 1999

Killing the Shadows   HarperCollins, 2000

The Last Temptation   HarperCollins, 2002

Hostage to Murder   HarperCollins, 2003

The Distant Echo   HarperCollins, 2003

The Torment of Others   HarperCollins, 2004

Stranded   HarperCollins, 2005

The Grave Tattoo   HarperCollins, 2006

Beneath the Bleeding   HarperCollins, 2007

A Darker Domain   HarperCollins, 2008

Cleanskin   HarperCollins, 2008

Prizes and awards

1994   Crime Writers' Association Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction   (shortlist)   Crack Down

1994   Crime Writers' Association Macallan Short Story Dagger   (shortlist)   The Writing on the Wall and other stories

1995   Anthony Award for Best Novel   (shortlist)   Crack Down

1995   Crime Writers' Association Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction   The Mermaids Singing

1998   Grand Prix des Romans d'Adventure (France)   Star Struck

1998   WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award   (shortlist)   The Wire in the Blood

1999   Crime Writers' Association Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction   (shortlist)   A Place of Execution

2000   Barry Award for Best British Mystery   A Place of Execution

2000   Edgar Award for Best Critical Work   (shortlist)   A Suitable Job for a Woman: Inside the World of Women Private Eyes

2000   New York Times Notable Book of the Year   A Place of Execution

2001   Anthony Award for Best Novel   A Place of Execution

2001   Dilys Award   A Place of Execution

2001   Edgar Award for Best Novel   (shortlist)   A Place of Execution

2001   Lambda Literary Award for Fiction   (shortlist)   Booked for Murder

2001   Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Mystery/Thriller)   A Place of Execution

2001   Mystery Readers of America Macavity Award   A Place of Execution

2001   Svenska Deckarakademiens Prize   (shortlist)   A Place of Execution

2001   WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award   (shortlist)   Killing The Shadows

2004   Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel   The Distant Echo

2004   Crime Writers' Association Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction   (shortlist)   The Torment of Others

2004   GLBTQ Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame

2004   Mystery and Thriller Book Club People's Choice Award   (shortlist)   The Torment of Others

2004   Scotland Magazine Icon of Scotland

2004   Sherlock Award for Best Crime Novel   The Distant Echo

2004   Spoken Word Publishing Association Awards (Best Crime Novel)   The Distant Echo

2005   Crime Writers' Association Dagger of Daggers Award The Distant Echo  (shortlist)

2005   Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year   (shortlist)   The Distant Echo

2006   Portico Prize   The Grave Tattoo

2006   Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year   The Torment of Others

2008   British Book Awards Crime Thriller of the Year   (shortlist)   The Grave Tattoo

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