Tetzcoco, the second city of the Aztec realm, is a bustling, cosmopolitan town: a city of poets, artists and legendary kings. It's also a place torn by unrest as rival claimants fight over the throne, and spies and assassins stalk each other through the streets.
It's here that Yaotl seeks refuge from his master, the Aztec Chief Minister. Lord Feathered-in-Black has decided to rid himself of his disobedient slave and plans to have Yaotl sacrificed in the most gruesome manner possible - provided he can catch him first.
Yaotl's former lover Lily is in Tetzcoco too on a mission of her own. A mission that goes badly wrong with the discovery of a bloodstained corpse - and Lily's arrest for murder. Yaotl faces a desperate race against time to find the evidence that will prove Lily's innocence - and save her from execution.
But the wily slave's search for the truth will lead him into a lethal trap, laid for him by his most pitiless and implacable enemy…
Val McDermid's OUT OF BOUNDS a finalist in the McIlvanney Prize 2017
We're delighted to announce that Val McDermid's OUT OF BOUNDS is a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize 2017. The judges had this to say about it: 'The Queen of Scottish crime adds yet more jewels to her crown with Out of Bounds and shows us why she's writing at the very top of her game...Karen Pirie is one of the most engaging and charismatic of all the fictional Scottish Detectives'. The winner will be announced on Friday 8th September as part of Bloody Scotland. read more.