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Out of Bounds Audiobook

Out of Bounds: A Karen Pirie Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A stunning new cold case novel from internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid about a car crash that opens up an unsolved murder from decades before.

Internationally best-selling author Val McDermid is one of our finest crime writers, whose gripping, impeccably plotted novels have garnered millions of listeners worldwide. In her latest, Out of Bounds, she delivers a riveting cold case novel featuring detective Karen Pirie.

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from 22 years before. Finding the answer to the cold case should be straightforward. But it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself.

Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating - a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems.

An enthralling, twisty listen, Out of Bounds reaffirms Val McDermid's place as one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business.

©2016 Val McDermid (P)2016 W. F. Howes

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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 01-01-17
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 01-01-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Karen Pirie Is Terrific Detective and Scottish!!"

    This was my first book by Val McDermid but it wasn't be my last. Can't imagine why I have not read her before now since murder mysteries and Scotland are my favorite things. I loved the narration by Kathleen McKarron. The Scots dialect by all of the characters was most rewarding and made the reader feel as if we are walking the streets of Edinburgh. I loved that the protagonist is a strong female detective of cold cases in the Police Scotland. The author weaves in weakness from the loss of her lover, her patience for her partner in the cold cases unit who doesn't live up to her standards, and her ability to get her way with her boss who sounds like a typical high level old school police supervisor but who knows Karen is often right in her investigations. There is enough action to keep one turning the pages and it is not easy to figure out who did it. I like that it is written in the current time period with just enough politics thrown in. All in all I liked this book very much and have already ordered another McDermid book. Hope Karen Pirie keeps solving cases.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 12-09-16
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    "Another good one"

    I like this author's books. Scotland with bits of local color (macaroons made with a potato and sugar?) interesting cops, an involving story line with twists and turns. It is a treat to listen to this excellent reader.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    katyb 01-14-17
    katyb 01-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulous narrator and great writing"

    Really well done Scottish police procedural with interesting, believable characters. I loved Karen and her sidekick Jason. The narration was absolutely perfect. I wish Kathleen McCarron narrated more books!!

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    Katharine 01-01-17
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    "Lovely new narrator"

    I always love McDermid's novels, but I often don't love the narrators. This time she got a top of the line narrator. I hope she sticks with her.

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    Ann United States 12-11-16
    Ann United States 12-11-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Well, Well"

    DCI Karen Pirie of Scotland's Historic Crime Unit -- Cold Case Squad to Americans -- is a little overweight, a little disheveled in her just-not-right clothing, and a little too near the threshold of insubordination when it comes to her boss, but she is a whole lot of intelligence, determination and quick-wittedness. The excellent narration keeps the story moving well. The characters are well-fleshed out and interesting. Kudos to Val McDermid's 30th novel.

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    Veronica Przestalski 01-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great plot, awesome reader. I have listened to many of Val's McDermids books. books"

    Love the story, the person reading the story was super. I really enjoy your books. Good plot and cannot stop listening. I'm a big fan 💕

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    Joshua Spring Mills, PA, United States 01-06-17
    Joshua Spring Mills, PA, United States 01-06-17 Member Since 2010
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    "A very good, nicely narrated listen"

    I'd almost give this 5 stars, but the ending was a little unsatisfying, very good, but not quite 5 stars. Otherwise it was a really good story, superbly written and read. I suppose, if I didn't have such a high expectation of Val McDermid I would rate it 5 stars and I'm not sure it's fair that she suffers by being compared to her own exceptional standard.

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    Kathleen HUDSON, OH, United States 03-11-17
    Kathleen HUDSON, OH, United States 03-11-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book; fabulous narrator"

    This book was a treat from beginning to end. I have enjoyed Val McDermid's books in the past, but this one was really special. I loved the lead character, Karen Pirie, and would like to spend more time with her in future books. I enjoyed the plotting and the different cases moving along at the same time. I don't want to say anything more about the plot(s) because I hate spoilers. The narrator was a delight.

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    Gary Regan New York 03-03-17
    Gary Regan New York 03-03-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Fabulous"

    I LOVE McDermid. Have done for years. I can hardly believe that she has outdone herself, but she certainly has done exactly that. Full marks to the narrator, too. FABULOUS!

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    The narrator was amazing! She really brought the story to life. I personally didn't get a few things, but accents are difficult for me, but I totally loved her!

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