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Out of Bounds (Karen Pirie) por Val McDermid
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Out of Bounds (Karen Pirie) (original 2016; edição 2016)

por Val McDermid (Autor)

Séries: Karen Pirie (4)

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"When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from twenty-two years before. It's a cold case that should be straightforward. But it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself. Meanwhile, Karen is mired in grief and guilt after the death of her partner. She finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating, a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. Karen's intuition is telling her something doesn't add up. But is she onto something? Or has she, as her boss has been anticipating, gone too far this time?"--… (mais)
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Título:Out of Bounds (Karen Pirie)
Autores:Val McDermid (Autor)
Informação:Atlantic Monthly Press (2016), 464 pages
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Three out of control young men go out on a drinking bout. Towards the end of the evening, they steal a car and go on a wild ride that doesn't end well. The two passengers end up dead and the driver ends up in a coma in the intensive care unit. But, the forensics team discovers that the DNA of the driver matches a close male relative of someone who committed a brutal rape and murder of a young woman some 25 years previously. Thus, the HCU, or historic cases unit, springs into action. They are lead by Detective Inspector Karen Pirie. Her sidekick is Detective Constable Jason "the mint" Murray.

Naturally, there are complications. The DNA match was an adoptee, and it is rather difficult to open adoption records in Scotland to find who the biological parents might be.

Then, there is another complication arises in one of the current cases, the apparent suicide of a young man. The suicide theory is complicated in that the young man appears to have shot himself in the right temple, which would be rather difficult given that the young man is left handed, and the gun had been placed in his left hand. In theory, DI Pirie shouldn't be looking into current cases, but she begins to think that the case might be related to another apparent murder from some years earlier. It seems that the victim's mother had been killed when the plane in which she had been flying was blown up. At the time, the police thought one of the other passengers, a government minister, was the intended victim and that the booby trapped plane had been the work of Irish terrorists. But, the case didn't have any of the marks of extremist terrorists: the bomb had been crude, no terrorist group claimed the deed and that was rather unusual. Also, DI Pirie just didn't think that it made sense that two people from the same family would be murdered, unless there were some connection between the murders.

Well, I'll stop here. Lots of intrigue and so forth. A rather GoodRead.
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  lgpiper | May 6, 2021 |
The 4th Karen Pirie book in the series and probably the best one so far. I only discovered Val McDermid last year and the series has been really good so far. I really like the fact that Pirie isn't particularly glamorous and that she doesn't have the usual 'failings' that super detectives have in crime novels. I'm also really warming the character of Jason Murray, her slightly dopey sidekick, as well. ( )
  Brian. | Apr 9, 2021 |
Deel 4 in de serie met Karen Pirie in de hoofdrol. Een bomaanslag in het verleden, een groepje jonge joyriders, DNA dat onverwacht opduikt, een vermoorde op een man op een bankje in het heden. Dat alles zijn de losse ingrediënten die door Karen aan elkaar worden verbonden en zo een spannende thriller vormen. ( )
  connie53 | Jul 28, 2020 |
Once again, I've opted for an audiobook. Loved the narration in Scottish accent!
Karen Pirie never disappoints, and I am already looking forward to #5 in the series.

I wonder how long until the macaroon retires? ( )
  MissYowlYY | Jun 12, 2020 |
Val McDermid's excellent crime novels continue to draw me in and to ensure that I will be reading her books for years to come.

This book, number four in the DCI Karen Pirie series (although only the second I've read), sees Karen beginning to move on after the sudden death of her live-in partner - or "bidie-in", a quaint Scottish term that I love. She and Jason are the two remaining members of the historical crimes unit, which brings Jason and Karen to an odd remit. A man, Gabriel Abbott, has been found dead on a bench. He has either been murdered or committed suicide - it's hard to tell - and for the sake of ease, the police force has chosen to view the death as suicide. There's less of a complicated investigation for suicides. Karen isn't convinced. She thinks that Gabriel's death is related to a bombed plane 20 years earlier, attributed to the IRA, although Karen isn't convinced of that either. It is an extremely tangled web they must unweave in order to find out who deceived.

I really like Karen. She's a gutsy woman, sarcastic, difficult, loyal, intelligent - someone I'd want as my team leader and my best friend. She's very funny, and she brooks no patronizing or fools. Her relationship with her co-worker, Jason, is very well written. He's not the brightest star in the firmament, but he works hard, and he's learning, and Karen is discovering that he makes a mighty fine colleague if she is patient with him and if she assigns him work that allows him to succeed. Slowly a friendship is forming there, and it is one of my favourite parts of this book, watching them take those steps towards trust.

I'm going to track down the first two books in this series and read them, and perhaps re-read volumes 3 & 4. They're infinitely worth the time. Val McDermid may be the best crime novelist in the English-speaking world today, and I plan to read the rest of her works. ( )
  ahef1963 | Apr 12, 2020 |
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"When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from twenty-two years before. It's a cold case that should be straightforward. But it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself. Meanwhile, Karen is mired in grief and guilt after the death of her partner. She finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating, a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. Karen's intuition is telling her something doesn't add up. But is she onto something? Or has she, as her boss has been anticipating, gone too far this time?"--

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