Green Carnation Prize 2011.
It's perhaps fitting that for McDermid's 25th novel she's revisited her most thrillingly murderous creation, - Jacko Vance Daily Mirror Val McDermid's 25th novel is stunningly good, but it comes with a health warning. It is truly disturbing - The Times McDermid never pulls her punches in her graphic descriptions of the evils men (and women) inflict on each other... tension filled from start to finish - Irish Independent Her writing is taut, her plotting pacy... McDermid is particularly good at analysing human damage and its effects - Scotsman To write one brilliant book is hard. To write 25 is a miracle. That is what Val McDermid has achieved over the course of her career and it's why she is a much-loved legend in the literary world...the pace here is flawless and the various storylines are expertly interwoven...a superb crime novel - Sunday Express Brilliant ... sensational ...unforgettable - Guardian It's a tribute to McDermid's skill as a storyteller that she deliberately creates a trio of central characters who are essentially incapable of conventional empathy yet still manages to sustain reader sympathy right through to the coldly brutal finale - Irish Times
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.