Star Struck (PI Kate Brannigan, Book 6) Hardcover – 21 September 1998
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- Publisher : Collins Crime (21 September 1998)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0002325853
- ISBN-13 : 978-0002325851
- Dimensions : 15.9 x 2.5 x 24 cm
- Customer Reviews:
‘Stunningly exciting, horrifyingly good’
‘This book has a sense of gravitas and intelligence utterly beyond lesser writers in the field’
‘Terrific chiller from Manchester’s answer to Thomas Harris’
‘A clever and exciting thriller’
‘A compelling combination of sexual-political mischief and Jacobean psychological intensity’
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The new Kate Brannigan novel from Gold-Dagger-winner Val McDermid, the writer whose serial killer novels have made her “ Manchester’s answer to Thomas Harris” (' Guardian').
Bodyguarding had never made it to Manchester PI Kate Brannigan’s wish list. But somebody’s got to pay the bills at Brannigan and Co, and if the only earner on offer is playing nursemaid t a paranoid soap star, the fast talking, computer-loving white-collar crime expert has to swallow her pride and slip into something more glam than her Thai boxing kit.
Soon, however, offstage dramas overshadow the fictional storylines, culminating in the unscripted murder of the self styled ‘Seer to the Stars’ and Kate finds herself with more questions than answers. What’s more, her tame hacker has found virtual love, her process server keeps getting arrested, and the ever-reliable Dennis has had the temerity to get himself charged with murder.
Nobody told her there’d be days like these.
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Val McDermid always delivers a great read.
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Meanwhile her friend and self-defence trainer, Dennis, finds himself under arrest after a the body is found in a shop-squat he has been running. Convinced of Dennis’s innocence, despite his long track record of organised crime across the Manchester gangland, Kate undertakes to investigate to try to clear him. And it has started snowing heavily!
As always with Val McDermid, the plot is perfectly plausible and well-constructed, and the characters are utterly believable. She uses the plot to satirise the world of soap operas, and draws on her own experiences as a journalist to expose the traffic in leaked plotlines and cast members’ secrets. Brannigan is a great character: independent and tough, yet also capable of great emotional insight. Without the gory serial murders that characterise McDermid’s later works, this is a traditional detective story – well planned and well written.
Much less gory than some of her work, it is a really good private investigator becomes involved with a soap star tale, that is entertaining and with a good dose of humour.
Threats to one of the stars of the huge hit soap “Northeners” a leaking of gossip and story lines to the media, and...........murder !
This is the first Kate Brannigan, (Private Detective ), that I have tried, a good old fashioned and entertaining story, in a series that I shall be reading more of in the near future. Highly recommended.