Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in crime writing. Her novels have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
She has won many awards including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger 2010 in recognition of her 20 years of crime writing. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award. Her series about the psychological profiler Dr Tony Hill has been turned into the successful ITV drama Wire In The Blood.