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Past lying : a Karen Pirie novel / Val McDermid.

McDermid, Val, (author.).

"It's April 2020 and Edinburgh is in lockdown. It would seem like a strange time for a cold case to go hot-the streets all but empty, an hour's outdoor exercise the maximum allowed-but a mere pandemic doesn't mean crime takes a holiday. When a source at the National Library contacts DCI Karen Pirie's team about documents in the archive of a recently deceased crime novelist, it seems it's game on again. At the center of it, a novel: two crime novelists facing off over a chessboard. But it quickly emerges that their real-life competition is drawing blood. What unspools is a twisted game of betrayal and revenge, and as Karen and her team attempt to disentangle fact from fiction, it becomes clear that this case is more complicated than they ever imagined."-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780802161499
  • ISBN: 0802161499
  • Physical Description: 452 pages : 24 cm.
  • Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2023.
Subject: Pirie, Karen (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
Women detectives > Fiction.
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- > Scotland > Edinburgh > Fiction.
Cold cases (Criminal investigation) > Fiction.
Murder > Investigation > Fiction.
Novelists > Fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
Edinburgh (Scotland) > Fiction.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)

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  • 0 of 3 copies available at York County Libraries.


  • 1 current hold with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Martin Library Adults MCD Mystery True Crime (Text) 33454005978051 Atrium On Holds Shelf -
Mason-Dixon Public Library Adults MCD Mystery (Text) 34262000918538 Main Room New Checked Out 12/22/2023
Village Library ACQ278407 (Text) ONORDER278407 Reading Room In Process -

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