Dead Beat (Kate Brannigan Series #1)

Dead Beat (Kate Brannigan Series #1)

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by Val McDermid
     
 

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“Kate Brannigan is a breath of fresh air.”—Publishers Weekly
Dead Beat introduces Kate Brannigan, who does for Manchester what VI Warshawski has done for Chicago.
When Kate Brannigan agrees to track down a missing songwriter, a search that takes her into the seediest parts of Leeds, little does she realize that finding her is a…  See more details below

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“Kate Brannigan is a breath of fresh air.”—Publishers Weekly
Dead Beat introduces Kate Brannigan, who does for Manchester what VI Warshawski has done for Chicago.
When Kate Brannigan agrees to track down a missing songwriter, a search that takes her into the seediest parts of Leeds, little does she realize that finding her is a prelude to murder.

Editorial Reviews

Robert Barnard
Snappy,witty,and fast. Kate Brannigan is in there in competition with her jogging,sweating American counterparts.
Sarah Paretsky
Val McDermid is one of my favorite authors.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in Manchester, England, which its natives claim as the home of rock 'n' roll, the forthright and unpretentious sleuth introduced in this fast-paced story is sure to win readers' hearts. Kate Brannigan is hired by rock legend Jett to locate his former partner and lover, Moira. Kate finds Moira, a rehabilitated drug user, living with--and in love with--Maggie, an ex-counselor. Moira reluctantly agrees to return to Jett to help his career while Kate goes back to her investigation of counterfeiters and her own lover, a rock journalist. But six weeks later Moira is murdered--beaned by a tenor sax--and Jett wants Kate to find which member of his inner circle is the culprit. As Kate questions Jett's entourage, she uncovers why everyone closest to him wanted Moira dead. McDermid's ( Open and Shut ) snappy, often comic prose keeps the story humming as Kate is drawn deeper and deeper into the twisted plot of her first murder investigation. (Feb.)
Wes Lukowsky
Kate Brannigan works as a private eye in Manchester, England. Though usually enmeshed in ferreting out computer fraud, she agrees to help the rock star friend of her lover. Jett, as the rocker is known, rose from Manchester's black slums to become a megastar in the 1970s. But his star is fading. To reinvigorate his life, both professionally and personally, he wants to find Moira, his lover and songwriting partner from the salad days. A victim of rock's drug culture, she faded into prostitution, addiction, and street life years before. Now she's beaten to death before she can be reunited with Jett. Kate's inquiries propel her into a disorienting world of drugs, money, fame, and crime. Interesting heroine, clever plot, and fascinating secondary characters build a great foundation for a Nero Wolfe-like finale.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612940120
Publisher:
Bywater Books MI
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Kate Brannigan Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
41,627
File size:
430 KB

Meet the Author

Val McDermid grew up in Kirkcaldy on the east coast of Scotland, 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. Now a full-time writer, she divides her time between Manchester and Northumberland.

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Dead Beat (Kate Brannigan Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read. Lots of characters/suspects. Kate has her hands full trying to solve a murder amongst a tight knit group who don't take kindly to outsiders.
shanafw More than 1 year ago
Easy read keeps your interest going.
sjn32 More than 1 year ago
Great book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again the new genre in regional mysteries where the unpleasant situations characters police and grafics have left little to entertain no humor or empthy indeed no one would care to visit these mean streets wherever they may be. no matter how well written they are. this is another english author whose series i will not read borrow or buy like rowlings buska
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