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Dead Beat

Dead Beat introduces Kate Brannigan, a Manchester-based private detective, into Thai boxing, computer hacking, vodka, and journalist boyfriend Richard. As a personal favour, she agrees to take a case for successful popstar Jett. Several years ago his songwriting partner and one-time lover, Moira Pollock, had walked out – now he wants her back.
Kate’s search takes her into some of the meanest, seediest areas of Leeds and Bradford before she tracks down the missing woman. But little does she realise that restoring Moira to her former life is a prelude to murder…

Dead Beat is a tough, fast-paced and witty novel, with an intricate murder mystery played out against a vividly depicted urban background. Kate Brannigan, one of the most attractive and individual private detectives to hit Britain’s streets, is set to make a great impact.


‘DEAD BEAT is tough, exciting, moody and unpredictable’ The Times

‘Fresh and funny, with a spanking sense of time and place’ Literary Review

‘McDermid’s snappy, often comic prose keeps the story humming as Kate is drawn deeper and deeper into the twisted plot of her murder investigation’Publishers Weekly

‘Kate Brannigan is a sparky, funny and much to be welcomed entrant into the still tiny profession of the female private eye.’ The Times Saturday Review

‘The story and the characters are convincing and Kate is an attractively persistent sleuth’ Sunday Telegraph