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How The Dead Speak - A Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Thriller - cover

How The Dead Speak - A Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Thriller

Val McDermid

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

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How The Dead Speak marks the return of two of McDermid’s most popular creations, detective Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill, from the international bestsellers that first made her a star, The Mermaids Singing and The Wire in the Blood. 
After being separated in the last Hill/Jordan novel Insidious Intent, fans of this series will be dying to see how Val manages their return as investigators in How The Dead Speak.
Insidious Intent was shortlisted for the UK National Book Award and the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and was selected as an Amazon Best of the Month in the Mystery & Thriller category and a Literary Hub Best Crime Book of 2017. 
McDermid’s books have sold 15 million copies worldwide, and US sales have been steadily improving. 
Her last novel Broken Ground was a #1 Sunday Times Bestseller and was named one of Boston Globe’s Best Books of the Year.   
McDermid’s Forensics won the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work, and was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the Macavity Award for Best Critical/Biographical. It was also selected as an Amazon Best Book of the Month and an Amazon Best Science Book of the Year, and it was featured on NPR Weekend Edition. Forensics has netted nearly 29k copies. 
There are perennial talks of making the popular The Wire in the Blood (based on the Tony/Carol books) into a TV series.   
McDermid is a charismatic promoter of her work. She's extremely connected in the mystery/thriller community with a strong social media presence (57.3k Twitter followers).   
Awards include: Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of crime writing; Theakston’s Old Peculier Award for outstanding contribution to fiction; Pioneer Award from the Lambda Literary Awards; Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award; CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel.

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