Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

Book - 2016
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'There were a lot of things that ran in families, but murder wasn't one of them ...' When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a twenty-year-old murder inquiry. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is an expert at solving the unsolvable. With each cold case closed, justice is served. So, finding the answer should be straightforward, but it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself. Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another case, one that she has no business investigating. And as she pieces together decades-old evidence, Karen discovers the most dangerous kind of secrets. Secrets that someone is willing to kill for ...
Publisher: New York : Atlanic Monthly Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9780802125743
Branch Call Number: Mystery / McDermid, Val
Characteristics: 421 pages.


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Sep 10, 2018

One has to pay close attention to a novel of this quality with a number of threads running through it. Totally engaging. Well done!

Jun 13, 2018

Out of Bounds (A Karen Pirie novel) by Val McDermid. This is a Scottish police procedural, the 30th novel from one of my favourite authors. McDermid has three series, including the one that became the TV series The Wire in the Blood. I highly recommend her books, and Out of Bounds in particular. Character development, relationships, setting, politics, and plot, all so satisfying. Thank goodness for McDermid's 'addiction to words.'

Sep 19, 2017

Val McDermid is a really, really good writer. I've read most of her books including another Karen Pirie book. This book is just a big disappointment. Horrible.

Aug 01, 2017

First book I have read by this author. I really liked it. I liked the cold case aspect. I liked the forensics and detective work. I liked the characters and look forward to reading the other books in this series.

Mar 10, 2017

I am a big fan but this one was just OK.

Mar 09, 2017

Too ponderous.

Feb 20, 2017

This is the first Val McDermid book I’ve read. I look forward to reading more books with Scottish Detective Karen Pirie as the main character. I love books with multi-dimensional characters and they abound in this book.

Jan 12, 2017

Not a perfect mystery, but close. Delicious writing. Mostly unexpected twists and turns in plot. Humanist themes.

And, last but not least—satisfying, intelligent and well-modulated humor.

Nov 22, 2016

A really well thought-ought story-line where everything is closely interwoven and must be unravelled, thread by thread..Val McDermid can be relied on to explore all the ramifications of interpersonal relationships.Much enjoyed

Nov 03, 2016

The fourth book in the Karen Pirie series


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