1979
by McDermid, Val






"Val McDermid's award-winning, internationally bestselling novels have captivated readers for over three decades. In her new novel 1979, she returns to the past with the story of an investigative journalist whose work leads her into a world of corruption, terror, and murder. It's only January, and the year has already brought blizzards, strikes, power cuts, and political unrest. But for journalist Allie Burns, bad news provides an opportunity to escape the "women's stories" to which her editors confine her. Striking up an alliance with wannabe investigative journalist Danny Sullivan, she begins covering international tax fraud, then gets wind of a group of Scottish ultranationalists aiming to cause mayhem ahead of the devolution referendum. Their storiesquickly get attention, and create enemies for the two young up-and-comers. Are they enough to provoke the ultimate revenge?"-





VAL MCDERMID's best-selling novels have won the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award, and the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger and Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding achievement. She is also a multiple finalist for the Edgar Award, including for the Fact Crime nominee Forensics.





McDermid, whose first crime series in 1987 featured journalist Lindsay Gordon, now returns to smoky newsrooms with her new series. Set in 1979, it stars reporter Allie Burns, who finds herself trapped at her desk at the Scottish daily The Clarion, churning out "miracle baby stories" and similar items of presumed interest to female readers. Determined to break out of that rut, Allie manages to team up with investigative reporter Danny Sullivan on a story involving tax dodgers and Scottish ultranationalists willing to go to extreme lengths to gain independence from the UK. McDermid was a journalist living and working in Glasgow in 1979, and she does a great job of capturing the atmosphere of the time-especially the brutal winter beset by strikes and power cuts and seething with political unrest-and she enlivens the narrative with much "tabloidese" and her customary generous usage of Scottish idioms, like "I could eat a scabby dog." This absorbing tale ends with the promise of more about Allie from one of the UK's masters of crime fiction. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





McDermid, whose first crime series in 1987 featured journalist Lindsay Gordon, now returns to smoky newsrooms with her new series. Set in 1979, it stars reporter Allie Burns, who finds herself trapped at her desk at the Scottish daily The Clarion, churning out "miracle baby stories" and similar items of presumed interest to female readers. Determined to break out of that rut, Allie manages to team up with investigative reporter Danny Sullivan on a story involving tax dodgers and Scottish ultranationalists willing to go to extreme lengths to gain independence from the UK. McDermid was a journalist living and working in Glasgow in 1979, and she does a great job of capturing the atmosphere of the time-especially the brutal winter beset by strikes and power cuts and seething with political unrest-and she enlivens the narrative with much "tabloidese" and her customary generous usage of Scottish idioms, like "I could eat a scabby dog." This absorbing tale ends with the promise of more about Allie from one of the UK's masters of crime fiction. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





A pair of cub reporters find their way into trouble with investigative stories that they hope will make their careers. The 35th novel and first new series in 20 years from McDermid, a queen of the genre in Britain, introduces Allie Burns, a talented and brave spitfire of a journalist in her mid-20s who's trying to work her way up the pecking order in the man's world of a tabloid newspaper called the Glasgow Daily Clarion-no matter how many times per week she has to remind some condescending male that she's not his "darling." "One adult in two in Scotland reads the Clarion," announces the paper's slogan, and the wags in the office add, "The other one cannae read." McDermid, who worked in Glasgow as a reporter in the year of the title, has supplemented her memories with a great deal of research and background reading. It was the year from hell for that city, with cataclysmic winter weather, strikes, and terrorist threats, but for ambitious reporters like Allie and her colleague Danny Sullivan, 27, any kind of trouble is an opportunity. When Danny finds out that his creepy brother is involved in a large-scale insurance-fraud scheme benefiting the richest men in the country, he digs in like a private investigator, lifting keys, unlocking drawers, and assuming made-up identities to conduct interviews with suspects. Aware that he's not much of a writer, he enlists Allie's help early on, partly because she's known for her sparkling prose but also because he needs help thinking things through, hoping to find a way to protect his brother from the fallout. For their next trick, Allie and Danny get themselves involved with a group of somewhat dopey wannabe terrorists who hope to model a Scottish independence movement on the IRA's example. The bad guys are not the only ones with secrets, though. The plot is engrossing, the period atmosphere brilliant, and who can ever get enough of the way Scottish people talk? Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





A pair of cub reporters find their way into trouble with investigative stories that they hope will make their careers. The 35th novel and first new series in 20 years from McDermid, a queen of the genre in Britain, introduces Allie Burns, a talented and brave spitfire of a journalist in her mid-20s who's trying to work her way up the pecking order in the man's world of a tabloid newspaper called the Glasgow Daily Clarion-no matter how many times per week she has to remind some condescending male that she's not his "darling." "One adult in two in Scotland reads the Clarion," announces the paper's slogan, and the wags in the office add, "The other one cannae read." McDermid, who worked in Glasgow as a reporter in the year of the title, has supplemented her memories with a great deal of research and background reading. It was the year from hell for that city, with cataclysmic winter weather, strikes, and terrorist threats, but for ambitious reporters like Allie and her colleague Danny Sullivan, 27, any kind of trouble is an opportunity. When Danny finds out that his creepy brother is involved in a large-scale insurance-fraud scheme benefiting the richest men in the country, he digs in like a private investigator, lifting keys, unlocking drawers, and assuming made-up identities to conduct interviews with suspects. Aware that he's not much of a writer, he enlists Allie's help early on, partly because she's known for her sparkling prose but also because he needs help thinking things through, hoping to find a way to protect his brother from the fallout. For their next trick, Allie and Danny get themselves involved with a group of somewhat dopey wannabe terrorists who hope to model a Scottish independence movement on the IRA's example. The bad guys are not the only ones with secrets, though. The plot is engrossing, the period atmosphere brilliant, and who can ever get enough of the way Scottish people talk? Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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