Trick of the Dark
When Charlie Flint is sent a mysterious package of cuttings about a brutal murder, it instantly grabs her attention. The murder occurred in the grounds of her old Oxford college - a groom battered to death just hours after his wedding. As his bride and wedding guests sipped champagne, his alleged killers were slipping his bloodstained body into the river. Charlie doesn't know who sent the package, or why, yet she can't get the crime out of her head. But as she delves deeper, and steps back into the mysterious world of Oxford colleges, she realises that there is much more to this crime than meets the eye...
*Huge opportunity to bring McDermid to her widest audience yet, drawing in all the Tony Hill fans for this stand alone thriller *Unmissable nationwide consumer campaign, flagging connection with Wire in the Blood *Large format, high frequency outdoor advertising *TV advertising *Digital marketing activity encompassing Facebook
Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards: Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year in association with ibookstore 2011.
'Wonderfully compelling stuff' - Daily Mail 'A workout for the grey cells, perfectly executed' - Daily Telegraph 'This standalone from the Scottish force of nature, and creator of Robson Green's Wire In The Blood TV series, is a brutally clever story' - Daily Mirror 'Keeps you guessing till the last page' - Bella 'Plenty of surprises in store...A touching portrait of a group of young women on the verge of coming out about their sexuality in the hothouse atmosphere of an Oxford college' Sunday Times 'Sensitive and insightful' - Guardian 'McDermid writes a fluid, compelling novel of manners underpinned by a believable plot, and Charlie Flint is a fascinating addition to the canon of female investigators' - Irish Times 'An accomplished thriller, jumping from the past to the present and back with ease, taking in a range of characters and their perspectives. For me, the sign of a good thriller is that it leaves you pondering not whodunit within the pages but howdunit - how did the writer craft such a tricky tale - afterwards. Trick of the Dark had me ruminating for days'
Val McDermid has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and is the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010.