Dead Beat introduces Kate Brannigan, a Thai boxing, rock-and-roll female private detective from Manchester.
As a favor to her rock journalist boyfriend, Kate agrees to track down a missing song-writer Moira Pollock, a search that takes her into some of the seediest parts of Leeds and Bradford. But little does she realise that finding Moira is only a prelude to murder. Juggling her other cases, including a search to uncover the source of counterfeit luxury goods, Brannigan finds herself for the first time on the trail of a killer.
In Kick Back, Kate Brannigan investigates the bizarre case of the missing conservatories. Before long she's up to her neck in crooked land deals, mortgage scams, financial chicanery and murder. But when a favor for a friend puts Kate's own life in danger, bizarre is not the first word she thinks of…
by Val McDermid
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