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Crack Down (Kate Brannigan #3)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  751 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews

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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Hans
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars - The Kate Brannigan series isn't the best of Val McDermid's work, but it fills that perfect place for a "2-3" day book. Perfect for the commute and a few chapters at night, and then bang, it's wrapped up.

What is personally notable about Crack Down is that it is the 16th Val McDermid book that I've read, so that pushes her a notch up my Most Read Authors list on GoodReads. Most importantly, that means there is one more author listed above James Patterson. When I first found the "Most
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Jerry
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
McDermid's protagonist Kate Brannigan seems to have potential as an appealing female private eye, but this third in her six-book series seemed a little ho-hum. The first part about she and boyfriend Richard posing as car buyers is great fun, but then Richard gets framed in one of their spiffy short-term auto capers and lands in jail on a drug charge. Predictably, the police do little to consider alternatives, so it’s up to Kate to investigate the who and why on her own. Most of that involves rat ...more
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
Grace
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books-read
3.5 stars

I really like this series of books but not as much as the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. Kate Brannigan is a very different character but the books are enjoyable. What I like about this author is that she has created very different characters in both sets of books. Often when you read books by the same author or even listen to songs by the same singer you start to recognise a style. I can't say this about these books which is a good thing. I look forward to reading the next book in the
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R.S.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My last book was Spillane's I the Jury, so a female PI was a refreshing change and a much lighter read - liked the characters and their interactions, and how they are very much products of the modern age. The last few chapters felt a little rushed but did not detract from the story. All loose ends tied up efficiently to a satisfying conclusion.
Deborah Turley
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Val Mcdermid's work can never put one her works down from the first to last word
Rach
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
at the risk of sounding repetitive.....a bloomin‘ good read as ever :)
Rachel
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really good read in this series. They are very much of their time - the 1990's - but still enjoyable.
Nancy
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Ian Brydon
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Brannigan is back, and this time it's personal!

This was the third outing for Kate Brannigan who works as a private detective, and is junior partner in the firm of Mortensen and Brannigan, specialising in investigating 'white collar crime' in the Greater Manchester area in the 1990s. The novel opens with Kate and her boyfriend Richard posing as a married couple seeking to buy a smart new sports car in a bid to uncover an internal scam being run by the network of dealerships. Everything seems
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LJ
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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.
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John Toffee
The 3rd book in the Kate Brannigan series starts with the suual white collar investigation undertaken by Mortensen (Bill) & Brannigan but as always takes a much more sinister turn for the worst. Kate and her boyfriend Richard are posing as car buyers to uncover a fraudulent car financing scam (not very exciting you may think) but this leads to drugs, child pornography and ultimately murder.
Richard lands himself in a whole load of hot water and Kate uses all of her nounce and connections to t
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Ivana
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mia Miller
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.
Lidia
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
✿ ♥  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.
Kaylol
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
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.
Pascale
Aug 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Judy
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. Third in a series I'm continuing to enjoy.

This is what I said about Dead Beat, the first in the series: "a well-written, smart, and occasionally humorous mystery - the first in a series - by Val McDermid, a well-known Scottish author. I decided to keep going after reading this, which was a little light in content but good in character development, and I'm enjoying the subsequent ones."
Ricardo
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
Gail
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Selected another of Val McDermid's series, this one based in Manchester (Northern England) and featuring private detective Kate Brannigan. This book was not as dark/violent as the ones I've read in the Karen Pirie series.
Beth
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carol
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sharon
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful, vivid, and loving.
Donna
Loved it! One of the best of the series......
Rog Harrison
Jul 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sal
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. It was a good read.
Margery
OK for a formula/series.
Amy
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish half stars were a thing. This a 3.5 star book, but thoroughly enjoyable.
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She has won many awards internationally, 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 Cart
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