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THE FIRST IN A THRILLING NEW SERIES FROM THE QUEEN OF CRIME, AND AN INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER NARRATED BY ACCLAIMED SCOTTISH ACTRESS AND HARRY POTTER STAR KATIE LEUNG "McDermid is at her considerable best." GUARDIAN The shadows hide a deadly story . . . 1979. It is the winter of discontent, and reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. There are few women in the newsroom and she needs something explosive for the boys' club to take her seriously. Soon Allie and fellow journalist Danny Sullivan are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland. They risk making powerful enemies - and Allie won't stop there. When she discovers a home-grown terrorist threat, Allie comes up with a plan to infiltrate the group and make her name. But she's a woman in a man's world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal. "A brilliant novel by a supremo of the genre at the height of her powers. An unmissable new series." PETER JAMES "Her best book in years." THE TIMES, BOOK OF THE MONTH "Allie Burns is off to a flying start, and well worth following down the decades." THE SCOTSMAN "This excellent novel marks the start of a new series." GUARDIAN "Edge-of-seat suspense. . . promises to be an outstanding series." SPECTATOR "A gratifyingly multi-faceted character." FINANCIAL TIMES "The work of a writer at the peak of her powers." HERALD "The fast-paced storytelling flows irresistibly." IRISH TIMES "Riveting." DAILY EXPRESS "Sensational. A surefire bestseller from one of Britain's most accomplished writers." SUNDAY EXPRESS