by McDermid, Val,

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Hailed as Britain's Queen of Crime, Val McDermid's award-winning, internationally bestselling novels have captivated readers for more than thirty years. Now, in1979, she returns to the past with the story of Allie Burns, an investigative journalist whose stories lead her into world of corruption, terror, and murder.

It's only January, and the year 1979 has already brought blizzards, strikes, power cuts, and political unrest. For journalist Allie Burns, however, someone else's bad news is the unmistakable sound of opportunity knocking, an opportunity to get away from the "women's stories" her editors at the Scottish dailyThe Clarion keep assigning her. Striking up an alliance with budding investigative journalist Danny Sullivan, Allie begins covering international tax fraud, then a group of Scottish ultranationalists aiming to cause mayhem ahead of a referendum on breaking away from the United Kingdom. Their stories quickly get attention and create enemies for the two young up-and-comers. As they get closer to the bleeding edge of breaking news, Allie and Danny may find their lives on the line.

The first novel in a brand-new series for McDermid,1979 is redolent of the thundering presses, hammering typewriters, and wreaths of smoke of theClarion newsroom. An atmospheric journey into the past with much to say about the present, it is the latest suspenseful, pitch-perfect addition to Val McDermid's crime pantheon.

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Booklist Review: "McDermid, whose first crime series in 1987 featured journalist Lindsay Gordon, now returns to smoky newsrooms with her new series. Set in 1979, it stars reporter Allie Burns, who finds herself trapped at her desk at the Scottish daily The Clarion, churning out "miracle baby stories" and similar items of presumed interest to female readers. Determined to break out of that rut, Allie manages to team up with investigative reporter Danny Sullivan on a story involving tax dodgers and Scottish ultranationalists willing to go to extreme lengths to gain independence from the UK. McDermid was a journalist living and working in Glasgow in 1979, and she does a great job of capturing the atmosphere of the time--especially the brutal winter beset by strikes and power cuts and seething with political unrest--and she enlivens the narrative with much "tabloidese" and her customary generous usage of Scottish idioms, like "I could eat a scabby dog." This absorbing tale ends with the promise of more about Allie from one of the UK's masters of crime fiction."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in 1979, this sterling series launch from McDermid (Still Life) introduces Allison "Allie" Burns, a new reporter for the Clarion newspaper in Glasgow. Fresh from Cambridge University, Allie impresses her colleague Danny Sullivan with her writing talent, and they become friends. The two share a desire to cover a big story rather than the lightweight pieces they're assigned. Feminism has yet to make its mark on women in the workplace, and Allie is thwarted by men in the newsroom who don't take her seriously. But Allie's star rises after Danny discovers a national money laundering scheme and he enlists her help with the investigation. She then discovers a secret IRA cell in Belfast looking for weapons, and she and Danny are caught in a dangerous situation resulting in another lead story. The mutual attraction between Allie and Clarion editor Rona Dunsyre provides some romantic heat. McDermid does an excellent job capturing a time in Scotland's history fraught with political unrest, IRA terrorism, and labor strikes that nearly paralyze the country. Fans will look forward to seeing more of the highly capable Allie. Agent: Jane Gregory, David Higham Assoc. (U.K.) (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Series An Allie Burns novel
Subjects Irish Republican Army -- Fiction.
Women journalists -- Scotland -- Glasgow -- Fiction.
Newspaper publishing -- Scotland -- Glasgow -- Fiction.
Sex discrimination against women -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Investigative reporting -- Fiction.
Terrorism -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Corruption -- Fiction.
Glasgow (Scotland) -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Other Titles Nineteen seventy-nine
Language English
Description 418 pages : 24 cm.
ISBN 9780802159021
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