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Crack Down (Kate Brannigan #3)

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"Plot, characterization, pace are all first-rate, and the bouncy Brannigan is one of the most likeable of all today's PIs."--"The Sunday Telegraph "(London)

Kate Brannigan finds herself dragged into a world of drug traffickers, child pornographers, and violent gangland enforcers, bringing her face to face with death in the most terrifying investigation of her career.
ebook, 248 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Bywater Books (first published 1994)
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The Cats Mother
Third in the Kate Brannigan series, and more interesting than the last one, this has her investigating a drugs ring when her boyfriend Richard is arrested for driving a car with 2kg of crack in the boot. She drags in some of her friends that we've met in previous books to help when Richard's son shows up for a visit, so she can do a lot of driving around doing surveillance, while wearing dubious 90s fashion and eating a lot of junk food. As before, these books feel very dated now, although at le ...more
McDermid, Val - 3rd in Kate Brannigan series

There was only one reason Manchester-based private eye Kate Brannigan was prepared to let her boyfriend help out with the investigation into a car sales fraud -- nothing bad could happen. But by now Kate should know that with Richard you have to expect the unexpected. With the unexpected being Richard behind bars, Kate seems to be the obvious choice to look after his eight-year-old son -- who proves even more troublesome than his father.
My encounters with this genre being based mostly on Agatha Christie, I'm not really an expert as detective stories go, but I liked this novel...The main reason probably being that I liked the heroine. Kate B. is really unromantic, down to earth, no nonsense kind of heroine... The reason why I haven't been attracted to this kind of novels is that lately I feel bombarded on the subject of murder by the media, especially the television (How many CSI shows are there, something like 10? and sometimes ...more
P.d.r. Lindsay
If you like feisty female P.I.s then Kate Brannigan is one you'll enjoy.

This series by Val McDermid is not too violent or gory, though realistically nasty at times. In this novel Kate has to rescue her partner from the threat of imprisonment. Something which should have been easy but turns out to be far more complicated than anyone could have predicted.

Set in the sleazy parts of Manchester with MCP police and drug barons it's the characters who add colour and make you cheer as you read.

Anyone wh
Chris Porter
I like this style, and happy to read on with Kate and her adventures
Another good one in this English mystery series.
The action is fast-paced, and the heroine is spectacular. I fell in love with her tough approach and her loyalty. Kate Brannigan is, in all respects, REAL. She drinks, she swears, she knows thugs, she jumps off roofs, she gets hurt in chases, she fights for the man she loves, she gets the bad guys. The overall feel of the novel is very noir: the detective confronting both lawless criminals and representatives of the force, in search of the truth. Looking forward to get my hands on more McDermid. ...more
✿ ♥  Heather ♥ ✿
My 2nd Val M book - I was so enthused by the first (Fever of the Bone) that I went straight to the library to get the first one I could find. This one is from 1994 - so some people still use pay phones! It was ok - if I could do half stars I'd make it 3.5. It was interesting and had a really good end to it, but I wasn't totally absorbed into it.

Doesn't matter, I'm willing to try another of her books - but I'll stick to more recent - and maybe not Kate Brannigan stories.
I saw this and didn't remember reading it. Understandable since apparently it's been 2 years since I read it. Started reading it again and it all started coming back to me as soon as cars were mentioned. I ended up reading a couple of chapters with a feeling of deja vu, sometimes remembering what's coming next, sometimes not. I remember loving Val McDermid's style of writing the first time I read a book of hers. Can't say I loved the way this way written much.
If we read compact disc or USB flash drive where there is wrote floppy disc this book could be wrote today for style and modernity of plot. In Crack Down , Kate must investigating to exculpate her boyfriend Richard charged for drug. This time the Kate's life is truly in jeopardy but she must get it because she loves Richard and his son. I liked very much this story ,and I enjoy always a good reading like this book that have 20 years and don't shows it.
This early McDermid detective story written in the first person of hapless, soft-hearted, accident-prone private investigator Kate Brannigan, relates how, in one fell swoop, she brings to a stop a gang of hard drug traffickers, a budding child pornography ring, solves a case of crooked car dealerships, and also gets her innocent boyfriend released from prison
Suspenseful, vivid, and loving.
The third Kate Brannigan mystery. This one has much more in terms of excitment, mystery, relationships and quirky twists and turns than #2. More of the humanity or inhumanity of the characters and the ins and outs of ghetto England.
McDermid is the only author I know who can give some interesting spin to a mystery that starts with car financing fraud. Easy read, cookie-cutter mystery aside from the originality of the central premise
The story was OK but I didn't fall in love with the characters and almost stopped reading about a 1/4 of the way through but my nosiness got the better of me and I had to finish the book.
Richard Thompson
Richard gets arrested for possession of drugs.

There don't seem to be many of the Kate Brannigan books in our library; I'll have to do a bit of looking around...
Rog Harrison
Probably the fourth time I have read this. Kate Brannigan is one of Val McDermid's most engaging characters and the whole series is great.
I absolutely loved this book. It was a good read.
Angela Vernoum
An easy read. Nothing taxing in this book at all but a good ne for bath time!
You can't be a good Kate Brannigan as a quick light read.
Penny Blanch
great character,I really enjoyed getting to know her.
Loved it! One of the best of the series......
A gift from a friend~
OK for a formula/series.
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Val McDermid was born and schooled on the east coast of Scotland and then Oxford University after which she became a journalist.

Her first book, Report for Murder was published in 1987 and since then she has gone on to have 25 more books published.

She lives in Manchester and Northumberland with 3 cats.
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