Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid

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"Val McDermid is one of the bright lights of the mystery field."—The Washington Post"She's the best we've got."—The New York Times Book ReviewBarred from practice, disgraced psychiatrist Charlie Flint receives a mysterious summons to Oxford from an old professor who wants her to look into the death of her daughter's husband. But as Charlie delves deeper into the case and steps back into the arcane world of Oxford colleges, she realizes that there is much more to this crime than meets the eye.Val McDermid has published twenty-four novels. An internationally best-selling author, her books have been translated into thirty languages. She has won more than a dozen major awards, most recently the 2010 Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding achievement in the field of mysteries.

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Val McDermid is the author of twenty-five previous best-selling novels, which have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold over ten million copies worldwide.
Published August 23, 2011 by Bywater Books. 407 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Crime. Fiction

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Tampa Bay Times

Trick of the Dark By Val McDermid Bywater Books, 307 pages, $24.95 Review: Val McDermid's 'Trick of the Dark' a thriller full of smarts and tension 10/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 22, 2011 4:30am] Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor ...

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Charlie senses that Jay moved in when Madga was at her most vulnerable, and Charlie silently acknowledges: “if my daughter was running around with Jay Macallan Stewart, I’d be shouting for the cavalry.” With a sense of obligation to Corinna, and with spare time on her hands, Charlie begins to in...

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The best thing about McDermid's novels aside from the smooth, succinct and absorbing writing, which is par for the norm with Val McDermid, is the way in which she is able to engage the reader from the start.

Sep 02 2010 | Read Full Review of Trick of the Dark

Sun Sentinel

By the end of "Trick of the Dark," Charlie feels like an old friend you can't wait to see again.

Sep 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Trick of the Dark


Book review: Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid is let down by several key events ringing nigglingly false, but the humanity of the characters grounds it all.

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