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Publisher's Summary

The fourth novel in the Lindsay Gordon series. 

Leaving her new home in California for a trade union conference in Sheffield, Lindsay Gordon finds herself in the company of old friends – and enemies, including Tom Jack. When this unethical union leader is found dead, having catapulted out of Lindsay’s tenth-floor hotel room, she is taken in for questioning by the police. Hoping to clear her name by finding the real killer, Lindsay searches among hundreds of unruly union delegates for a murderer who may have struck once before. Along the way she uncovers a seething cauldron of blackmail, corruption and abuse of power, all brought to the boil by her investigation.

©1993 Val McDermid (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Tough, exciting, moody and unpredictable." (The Times)

“Neatly constructed and splendidly sarcastic about the circus of union politics.” (Daily Telegraph

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Another Fantastic Tale

So many intriguing twists and turn around the familiar world of the early 90s. Thank you Val and Caroline for bringing it to life for me.

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  • 15-01-2021

Readers accent to broad

Whilst I accept that Val McDermid is Scots and presenting the book with a Scottish person reading gives emphasis to the book, lately the person reading the book has an accent that is quite broad and makes for difficult listening for those of us not fully accustomed to the accent.
This appears to be a trend with other books written by authors from Scotland and publishers should think about this if they wish to make their superb writers available to all.

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  • yvonny
  • 25-07-2021

Did not grip me

I love this author and this book was good ....quite often I end up laying awake as I can’t leave the story however this one although good did not grip me in that way so not the highest score . Still worth a listen .

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  • Fussypants
  • 09-08-2021

Dreadful narration

The attempt at different accents is appalling- unconvincing (eg a Yorkshire accent somewhere between American and alien), inconsistent (so you don’t know which character is speaking). Ghastly!

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  • lillimeanna
  • 28-07-2021

the narrator

I am not able to complete even the first chapter of this book and if possible would like to change it. the narator' voice is extremely irritating. impossible to continue listening.

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  • pet owner
  • 24-07-2021

had to give up

i love val mcdermid but i had to discontinue listening and maybe go to the written word; the reader ruined this for me and i had to give up

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  • Kristina Hawkins
  • 29-01-2019

another great read / listen

great story. really like the way the characters have developed over the series so far. the interaction between Lindsey and Sophie is fabulous. really feels like a relationship. made me chuckle at times. enjoyed the backdrop to the story, travelling back in time.

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