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Product Details

  • Series: Tony Hill / Carol Jordan
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; 1ST edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802122043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802122049
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. McDermid's fiendishly clever eighth novel featuring forensic psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan (after The Retribution) finds the two partners on the outs. Jordan has resigned from the Bradfield, England, police force and taken up a labor-intensive DIY job. Hill is still struggling with the events that have driven Jordan from his life. Meanwhile, Det. Sgt. Paula McIntyre, who formerly served with Jordan, catches two cases—one involving a missing person, the other a vicious murder—that together engulf her both personally and professionally. A psychopath is intent on kidnapping and training the perfect wife—and beating to death and disfiguring his mistakes. When McIntyre's decision to seek help from Hill takes a drastic, unexpected turn, she's forced to turn to the reclusive Jordan instead. The villain may be a mere foil, but the ingenious way in which he tests the mettle of Hill and Jordan is not to be missed by fans of the unusual sleuthing duo. Agent: Jane Gregory, Gregory & Company. (Oct.)

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*Starred Review* In McDermid’s eighth entry to feature Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan and psychologist Tony Hill, the once-crackerjack crime-fighting team has gone their separate ways. DCI Jordan has hung up her badge. (She blames Hill’s professional neglect for the murder of her brother and his wife; Hill, for his part, is unable to forgive himself.) But when a woman is found murdered in an abandoned London flat, the two wind up back within each other’s orbit again. Hill is a suspect, though anyone who knows him knows he is incapable of such brutality. Jordan comes out of retirement to aid beleaguered DC Paula McIntyre, and the two work to exonerate Hill. (Jordan does so begrudgingly at first; she has vowed never to allow Hill back into her life). Soon, more women go missing, and a disturbing trend emerges: they all eerily resemble blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jordan. Is she next on the killer’s list? Jordan may have lost her partner, but she’s adopted a spirited new companion: a dog named Flash, who quickly earns the title of Woman’s Best Friend. Connoisseurs of the crime novel will happily devour veteran thriller-writer McDermid’s masterful blend of crisp prose, complex characters, and relentless suspense. --Allison Block

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I read this book sooo slowly as I didn't want to finish it!!
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A very good story with great, likable characters that only makes me want to read more of this author.
Love Val McDermid's books, Tony Hill amd Carol Jordan are my favorite Characters!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Carol Jordan, unemployed and burdened by her sense of guilt for her brother's death, is getting her life back together (or not) by restoring the barn in which her brother was murdered and by caring for a new dog. Paula McIntyre, a member of Jordan's Major Incident Team with the Bradfield Metropolitan Police before it was broken apart, is newly promoted to Detective Sergeant. Paula would like to investigate the disappearance of Bev McAndrew, whose 14-year-old son is disturbed that she didn't come home, but Paula's new DCI puts her to work on a brutal homicide instead. Paula nonetheless devotes herself to investigating McAndrew's disappearance because disobeying their bosses is standard procedure for fictional police detectives. Soon enough, we learn that a serial killer is kidnapping, tormenting, and killing women who happen to look like Carol. Eventually the evidence points to an unlikely suspect, and it is up to Paula to determine whether that series regular is innocent or guilty.

Val McDermid understands the tendency of police detectives to focus their tunnel vision on the first suspect they encounter, working thereafter to prove that suspect's guilt rather than continuing an open-minded investigation. She also recognizes the tendency of police officers to believe that everyone is entitled to a defense except the suspects they arrest, who are by definition guilty scum undeserving of a presumption of innocence. Paula's obnoxious DCI, who succumbs to both those tendencies, is the novel's most realistic character.

Point of view rotates through the cast of characters, including various victims of the serial killer. One of the more prominent characters is Carol's former love interest, Tony Hill, a psychologist who doubles as a profiler.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Liz Wilkins on October 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
First of all, thank you to the author and publishers for the advance copy of this novel via netgalley. I was overjoyed to receive it as I'm a long time fan of Tony Hill and indeed all books from Ms McDermid. My beautiful Hardback copy remains on pre- order. Hey, Bookshelf OCD. Can't have a missing one from the collection...

So, the latest instalment finds Tony and Carol at odds in the aftermath of "The Retribution"..meanwhile Paula Mcintyre takes front and centre as she takes on the case of a missing friend...and also begins the hunt for a killer alongside her new Boss, someone she is not sure of. Paula can't resist getting Tony involved, this must mean that Carol will not be far behind....surely?

I'm used to a high standard from these novels - I will admit to some slight concern about what would come next, The Retribution having had such an emotive storyline for those of us who are fans of the Carol/Tony pairing...and leaving us with such huge consequences for their relationship. How could she top that I wondered? I kept the faith though and my faith was more than justified. Here we have not only a top notch mystery as usual but a wonderfully written continuation of our favourite characters ongoing story.

By cleverly giving more focus to Paula, a character I have always been inordinately fond of anyway, and for at least the first portion of the book putting Tony and Carol very much in the background of the story as it relates to the current investigation, Ms McDermid created for this reader, a thing of beauty. I was equally enthralled with the new case and with Paula's struggles to come to terms with new relationships..both personal and professional.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By miki101.Michaela on October 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
But here instead of bridges yet crossed and yet burned at the end of The Retribution, we will see others re-built instead.

Young Torin appears at the Bradfield Metropolitan Police to report his Mum missing, a very straight person Paula McIntyre knows. He cannot believe that his mother has left him alone for the night, 14-year old as he is. And Paula takes his claim very seriously. Because someone is brutally killing women. Women who who bear a striking resemblance to former DCI Carol Jordan - but is this the right way around?
Or is Carol Jordan simply fitting into the scheme of the abducter and later on also killer of a certain type of woman he wants to punish? Punish for what? For being a bad wife? He certainly is looking for a GOOD wife...
This is a killer unparalleled until now, inflicting really grotesque punishments on the women he captures. As the case becomes more complex Paula contacts ex-DCI Carol Jordan to try and save the current - and maybe future - victims.
On the other side Tony Hill is full of guilt pangs because he didn't foresee the turn the killer Jacko Vance would take - killing Carols brother and his wife...
And other crimes he committed on his revenge campaign, finished only by him killed by a designated victim...
But the new DCI Fielding, a woman spurred by an insane ambition, isn't very fond of Paula using her skills to solve the case in her own way, helped by other very able persons who worked with Carol Jordan in the old MIT group.
And in her aberrant and blind ambition she takes out the most unexpected person as her designed culprit...

This is really a step in the right direction Val McDermid has taken here.
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