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Dead Beat [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

Val McDermid , Patricia Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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April 1998
A novel featuring the character Kate Bannigan, a Manchester-based private detective who likes Thai boxing, computer hacking and vodka. Against her instincts she agrees to track down a missing woman, a search which takes her into some of the meanest, seediest parts of Leeds and Bradford.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Soundings Ltd; Unabridged edition (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860424252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860424250
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,039,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She divides her time between Northumberland and Cheshire

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‘Solid pleasure… this moves along with the speed of a Porsche, so smooth you can almost kid yourself you haven’t been sitting on the edge of your seat throughout’
Mail on Sunday

‘Zippy action, a well-crafted plot and some refreshingly gritty northern truths’
The Times

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

For PI Kate Brannigan, what starts as a favour is beginning to look like murder ... --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 23 Oct 2002
By A Customer
This is one in Val McDermid's "Kate Brannigan" series and is up to her usual high standard. Kate is a very believable PI with personal and domestic problems, just like everyone else with a life! There are no pretentions here, just an upbeat, pacy, investigation into stange circumstances surrounding the death of a fading rock star's ex-girlfriend. Plenty of booze, takeaways and witty one-liners. Great stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now for something new (for me) 21 Feb 2013
By Kay
Dead Beat The first of the Kate Brannigan series, and as always I've held off until I'm ready to start at the beginning. Quite a different style of working than Lindsay Gordon, not to mention lifestyle of course, and the change to a leading character that starts with a purpose rather than stumbling into the situation as the latter did. Fast paced, plenty of action and even placed in a location that I know so well, although the error in calling Ardwick Green 'Ardwick Common' seemed strange to me as the only incorrectly named location. That said I am rather biased toward books that are set in the North West, particularly in places I've lived and/or worked in. I'm already lining up the reading copies in order to follow Kate's adventures.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unputdownable read. 25 Feb 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
How Kate Brannigan singlehandedlly takes on the drug barons of Manchester, babysits her boyfriend's son, risking her life in the process, and all in the name of love, leaves you gasping for breath! Utterly believable and down-to-earth too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars holiday read. 13 Aug 2013
By woz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I gave up after a few hours just lost interest completely, may have improved later but life is too short.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 30 Jun 2008
By Roz
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I too came to this having read Val McDermid's Tony Hill novels which I love. At times this reminded me of an Enid Blyton famous five crime novel! It was written in 1992 and VD has clearly developed greatly as a writer since then. It was amusing to read a crime story set in the late 80s, early 90s with it's pain staking description of the new fangled 'electronic mail' which journalists are using to send copy from one computer to another and the absence of mobile phones, how things have changed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
quick delivery, book as new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead beat 13 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book with lots of really funny one liners. First book I have read by Val but can't wait. To start the next one thank you
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 5 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not as good as previous ones.
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