Val McDermid to release 30th novel

Val McDermid to release 30th novel

Scottish crime writer Val McDermid is publishing her 30th novel, a suspenseful thriller called Out of Bounds, with Little, Brown this August.

McDermid has sold over 11m books to date, according to the publisher, translated into 30 languages, and this year she is being honoured with the Outstanding Contribution award at the Theakston’s Harrogate Crime Festival. McDermid's last standalone novel The Skeleton Road (Sphere) was a number one bestseller in paperback and in the top 10 for three weeks.

Her new hardback, Out of Bounds, will be "a gripping, chilling book" that deals with the way in which families live with the impact of violent crime years after the media have forgotten about their once-newsworthy sufferings.

Bringing together grief, terrorism, murder, justice and forensics, the plot takes off when a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma and a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from 22 years ago. The answer to the cold case is "as twisted as the DNA helix itself". A mystery rooted in a terrorist bombing two decades ago is also simultaneously investigated. 

Out of Bounds was part of a two book contract for UK and Commonwealth rights, bought from Jane Gregory. It will publish on 25th August, priced £18.99.