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Private eye Kate Brannigan confronts betrayal and cold-blooded greed as she investigates the alien world of medical experimentation and the underbelly of the rock music business. 

Kate Brannigan’s having a bad week. Her boyfriend’s death notice is in the paper, her plan to catch a team of fraudsters is in disarray and a neo-punk band want her to find out who’s trashing their flyposters. And her business partner wants her to buy him out. Fine, but private eyes with principles never have that kind of cash.

Kate can’t even cry on her best friend’s shoulder, for Alexis has her own worries. Her girlfriend’s pregnant, and when their fertility doctor is murdered, Alexis needs Kate like she’s never done before. Delving into the world of medical experimentation and the underbelly of the rock-music business, Kate confronts betrayal and greed as she fights to save not only her livelihood but her life as well.... 

©1996 Val McDermid (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • 07-03-2020

Fast pace narration

Please, Chloe Massey, slow down your narrative when the story’s suspense increases! Your excitement adds appropriate atmosphere, yet your speed sometimes doesn’t give the listener sufficient time to pick up on all the actions and feelings of the moment.
Thank you for your excellent voice ‘painting’ of each of the characters - it is easy to distinguish one from another.

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  • jasonmk
  • 12-08-2019

Brilliant

This was my 6th book by Val Mcdermid. And I've enjoyed all emensly. All love the way Chloe Massey narrated. fantastic. on to the next.

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  • Javes
  • 22-05-2019

another great plot

loved it. certainly lived up to my expectations and as slways, I was disappointed when it came to an end. I love the humour.

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  • Bob
  • 10-11-2020

Go girl...

Not sure about this book. The story line is ok but it is all a bit neat. I enjoy the characters and their interaction, relationships hope the next one has a better story.

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  • Jacky
  • 28-09-2020

Brilliant mystery adventure PI book

Really enjoyable adventure with PI Brannigan I got pulled into book and put myself in Brannigan's place

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  • S. Terry
  • 30-08-2020

Very entertaining

Getting a bit familiar with the format now, after first 2, but entertaining just the same.

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  • gfplux
  • 08-07-2020

Poorly written

I kept with it almost wishing I should return it. The descriptions of characters and situations were poor and felt like padding

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  • michelle Bennett
  • 05-04-2020

Another great story

Thank goodness in finding Kate Brannigan while in isolation.!! Great stories with lots of humour, makes you laugh out loud 😊thank you val McDermott

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  • pennyforthem
  • 31-05-2019

Really dull

This was incredibly boring. I persisted to nearly the end but it wasn’t worth it. The narration lacked light and shade but even with better narration I think it would still be a very very tedious story.

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