Dead Beat introduces Kate Brannigan, who does for Manchester what V.I. Warshawski has done for Chicago

As a personal favor, Kate Brannigan agrees to take a case for the very successful pop star, Jett. Several years ago his songwriting partner and one-time lover, Moira Pollock, walked out on him—now he wants her back.

Kate’s search takes her into some of the meanest, seediest areas of Leeds and Bradford before she tracks the missing woman down. But little does she realize that restoring Moira to her former life is a prelude to murder…

Dead Beat is a tough, fast-paced and witty novel, with an intricate murder mystery played out against a vividly depicted urban background.

Dead Beat is the first Kate Brannigan Mystery.

“The forthright and unpretentious sleuth introduced in this fast-paced story is sure to win readers’ hearts … McDermid’s snappy, often comic prose keeps the story humming as Kate is drawn deeper and deeper into the twisted plot of her first murder investigation.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Kate Brannigan is truly welcome … she is refreshingly funny.” —Daily Mail (London)

“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 (London)

“Interesting heroine, clever plot, and fascinating secondary characters build a great foundation for a Nero Wolfe-like finale.” —Booklist

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