Clean Break Paperback
by Val McDermid
Part of the PI Kate Brannigan series
Manchester-based, kick-boxing PI Kate Brannigan takes on the hard men of European organised crime as she battles to recover a Monet in a case that stretches love and loyalty to the limits.
Manchester-based private eye Kate Brannigan is not amused when thieves have the audacity to steal a Monet from a stately home where she's arranged security.
She's even less thrilled when the hunt for the thieves drags her on a treacherous foray across Europe as she goes head to head with organized crime. And as if that isn't enough, a routine industrial case starts leaving a trail of bodies across the Northwest, giving Kate more problems than she can deal with.
Cleaning up the mess in Clean Break forces Kate to confront harsh truths in her own life as she battles with a testing array of villains in a case that stretches love and loyalty to the limits.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 18/03/1996
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780006497721
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Review by cathyskye
Protagonist: PI Kate BranniganSetting: Manchester, England and a small tour of EuropeSeries: #4First Line: I don't know much about art, but I know what I don't like.Kate discovers that a security system she developed for a local castle has been breached and a valuable Monet stolen. Ingeniously tracking the thieves to Italy, she winds up taking on some world-class bad guys. At the same time, she is involved in a case of suspected industrial sabotage that has turned deadly.This is one of my favorite series. I enjoy reading about Kate, and I like her "voice". Art theft is another favorite as well, so for the most part I really liked this book--except for the bit where Kate's boyfriend has a cris d'ego. I'm going to hate to see the end of this series, and it's looming in my headlights.