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The Retribution (Tony Hill / Carol Jordan Book 7) by [McDermid, Val]
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It's perhaps fitting that for McDermid's 25th novel she's revisited her most thrillingly murderous creation, Jacko Vance Daily Mirror Val McDermid's 25th novel is stunningly good, but it comes with a health warning. It is truly disturbing The Times McDermid never pulls her punches in her graphic descriptions of the evils men (and women) inflict on each other Irish Independent Her writing is taut, her plotting pacy... McDermid is particularly good at analysing human damage and its effects Scotsman To write one brilliant book is hard. To write 25 is a miracle. That is what Val McDermid has achieved over the course of her career and it's why she is a much-loved legend in the literary world...the pace here is flawless and the various storylines are expertly interwoven...a superb crime novel Sunday Express

About the Author

Val McDermid is the author of 22 bestselling novels, which have been translated into 30 languages, and have sold over 10 million copies. 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

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  • File Size: 1088 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (January 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T9I0SU
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Val McDermid is an outstanding writer. She has the awards, bestsellers and devoted readers to prove it. I'm one of the latter and looked forward to another chapter in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan saga. Other reviewers have done a good job of describing the plot -- Jordan's team spends its final weeks together trying to capture one serial killer, while trying to prevent an escaped villain from claiming another victim as he plots to avenge himself on those who got him convicted. It's hard to describe why I found the novel deflating. The plot is masterful and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. The familiar characters are there, fully drawn and explored in continued depth. There is a very real sense of impending loss that is magnified by the scheduled dismantling of Jordan's crack team, but painful as that was as a reader, it's not what troubled me about the novel. The ending didn't ring true to me. I simply didn't believe the characters would come to that conclusion. I didn't believe they would do or think what was described. I don't want to ruin the conclusion for other readers, but McDermid's characters always ring true, so whether you like their behavior or not, you believe it. The characters are so fully and deeply drawn that you invest in them emotionally. You sympathize with their struggles and quietly hope they can find their way. It was jarring to not believe, in the end, what some of the characters did -- characters you thought you knew, for better or worse. It will be interesting to see what happens next in the series, but it will be more difficult to fully engage again with characters one can no longer entirely trust. I read all of McDermid novels. She's too good a writer to miss any of her work. At it's conclusion, this one doesn't achieve the gold standard she has set in others.
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A friend recommended Val McDermid's books to me several years ago, and I've enjoyed some of her stand-alone thrillers as well as the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. "The Retribution" is the seventh installment in this series, featuring the mismatched pair of Hill and Jordan. Tony Hill is the bumbling, asperger-esque yet extremely intelligent psychology professor befriended by capable, no-nonsense police inspector Carol Jordan. Jordan uses Hill's understanding of criminal psychology and the human psyche to profile criminals and help direct her investigations. Hill and Jordan have solved many bizarre and gory cases in the past, and "The Retribution" refers back to Jacko Vance, the psychopath that Hill and Jordan captured in "The Wire in the Blood." As the book begins, Vance is in prison and after years of careful planning and preparation, he manages to break out of his prison by switching places with another prisoner who is about to begin a work-release program. Vance plans to leave Britain but in best sociopath fashion first wants to exact revenge on the people who put him away.

The suspense and tension in "The Retribution" thus comes from the certainty that Vance is out there and at some point, in some unknown way, will come after Carol Jordan and Tony Hill. A second plot line concerns the multiple murders of prostitutes, probably at the hands of another serial killer. Jordan is asked to investigate, the last case her task force will handle before the team is broken up and scattered to different offices due to budget cuts.

It would be a shame to give away any of the twisting plot developments, but suffice it to say that the book was gripping, combining the suspense of both the search for Vance and the investigation of the serial killings.
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The show was much better than the book series. McDermid thinks she has to write about nonverbal communication endlessly, for one. Her earlier books in the series mention "throwing down the gauntlet" frequently. Even now, the characters often grin instead of talk.

Then this one ... my word. Does McDermid want to show off how brutal her plots can be? It seems that she wants to kill characters for no reason whatsoever, not to mention having other characters experience unendurable pain. The character of Carol Jordan has lost all my sympathy. She's an alcoholic who refuses to admit she has a problem; she blames her closest friend for the fact that her life has fallen apart; she's a sad, soppy, mess. I can't find anything to relate to in this Carol. Tony is absolutely devoted to her still, which begs the question: Why? Why on earth would he want to have this horrible, toxic woman in his life?

As for the Jacko plot, I agree wholeheartedly with another reviewer who pointed out that he could not possibly have wreaked all that havoc. He would have had to enlist the help of a small army to get so much revenge in such a short time - and he didn't. One man could not have caused so much destruction, especially with the entire country on the lookout for him.

McDermid writes a nice lesbian relationship, but I think she's incapable of writing a heterosexual relationship that doesn't involve immense pain, game-playing, and enormous personal issues. She needs to either (to be crude) take a dump or get off the pot, as far as Tony and Carol are concerned. This "Tee-hee, I'm going to bring them together, then break them apart" approach is tiresome.

The TV series, with Robson Green bringing Tony Hill to vivid life, is fascinating, and written much better than the books. I've read fanfics that are written better. Ms. McDermid, please try thinking outside this narrow box you've created.
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