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Val McDermid

Born 4 June 1955 (1955-06-04) (age 54)
Nationality Scottish
Genres Crime fiction
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Val McDermid (born 4 June 1955) is a Scottish crime writer, best known for a series of suspense novels starring her most famous creation, Dr. Tony Hill.

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Biography

McDermid comes from Kirkcaldy, Fife and was educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford, where she was the first student from a state school in Scotland (Kirkcaldy High School), and became President of the Junior Common Room. After graduation she became a journalist, and worked briefly as a dramatist. However, her first success as a novelist, Report for Murder: The First Lindsay Gordon Mystery, did not appear until 1987.

Work

McDermid's notable characters are a lesbian journalist, Lindsay Gordon; a private investigator, Kate Brannigan; and a psychologist, Tony Hill, who suffers from sexual dysfunction. Her books mainly fall into three series: Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan, and, beginning in 1997, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, the first entry in which, The Mermaids Singing, won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year. The Hill/Jordan series has been adapted for television under the name Wire in the Blood, starring Robson Green.

McDermid considers her work to be Tartan Noir.[1] As well as her novels, McDermid contributes to several British newspapers and often broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland.[2]

Her novels, in particular the Tony Hill series, are known for their graphic depictions of violence and torture.

Personal life

McDermid is a lesbian. She and her former girlfriend share custody of their son Cameron (conceived to McDermid's ex via donor insemination). She is a Raith Rovers supporter. [2][3] She lives in Manchester and Northumberland with three cats.[4]

Bibliography

Lindsay Gordon series

  • Report for Murder (1987)
  • Common Murder (1989)
  • Final Edition (1991) US Titles: Open and Shut, Deadline for Murder
  • Union Jack (1993), US Title: Conferences are Murder
  • Booked for Murder (1996)
  • Hostage to Murder (2003)

Kate Brannigan series

  • Dead Beat (1992)
  • Kick Back (1993)
  • Crack Down (1994)
  • Clean Break (1995)
  • Blue Genes (1996)
  • Star Struck (1998)

Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series

Other books

  • A Suitable Job for a Woman (1994); non-fiction
  • The Writing on the Wall (1997); short stories, limited edition of 200 copies
  • A Place of Execution (1999)
  • Killing the Shadows (2000)
  • The Distant Echo (2003)
  • Stranded (2005); short stories
  • The Grave Tattoo (2006)
  • A Darker Domain (2008)

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