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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,912 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781449866518
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He is psychologist and criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill’s worst nightmare—a killer driven by the most perverted hungers, a killer with a long shopping list of victims who leaves no trail. The murder-mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own, but Hill quickly realizes that it’s just the beginning of a chilling campaign targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people—victims that the monster has been grooming through a social networking site.

It is a case that is reawakening ghosts of Tony Hill’s past. And the longer it takes to uncover a motive and a maniac, the more innocent youth will die.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant succession of shocks and surprises. McDermid has never written better.”

    Times (London)

  • “Hill’s own family crises and his ‘will they, won’t they’ relationship with Jordan are expertly dovetailed into a wonderfully complex plot. McDermid is especially good at serving up a mix of hi-tech and old-fashioned coppering, as well as showing how proximity to extreme brutality can take its toll on even the toughest police officer.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “McDermid remains unrivaled at yoking chilling scenarios to a pulsing narrative...Hill’s torment is palpable in this scary, dark thriller. Horrible and brilliant.”

    Observer (London)

  • “About as good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get...Fever of the Bone is everything a great detective novel should be: pacey, gripping, clever, and stylish...A fantastic read.”

    Sunday Express (London)

  • “The relationship between Tony and Carol continues to intrigue.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “At a stroke, McDermid is already pushing our pleasure buttons. Hill and Jordan’s ‘will they, won’t they’ is one of the most intriguing in the crime field...[She] effortlessly finesses the accelerating tension as authoritatively as she characterizes her large cast. McDermid is a first-rate writer as Fever of the Bone resoundingly reminds us...[she is] at the peak of her profession.”

    Express (London)

  • “It takes great skill to handle so many narrative strands with clarity without sacrificing the suspense—but McDermid does so with apparent ease.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “McDermid expertly blends her ingredients into a tense and often frightening crime novel. She writes incisively about the world we live in, ranging confidently from teenage technobabble to the politics of modern policing. Carol Jordan and Tony Hill are surely the most impressive double act in contemporary crime fiction.”

    Spectator (London)

  • “McDermid demonstrates once again that she’s as adept with matters of the heart as she is with murder.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Fever of the Bone] reminds us just how finely plotted and intelligently written McDermid’s crime novels are. More, please—and soon.”

    Irish Independent

  • “McDermid is both a fiendish plot strategist and a highly skilled writer, deftly delivering shocks, sometimes with no more than an out-of-place word.”

    Booklist

  • Val McDermid and she has outdone herself in this strange maze of a psychological thriller.”

    Washington Times

  • “A moving novel, not just a gripping one.”

    Financial Times

  • Winner of the 2011 Lambda Literary Award
  • Winner of the 2011 Barry Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joie | 2/16/2014

    " The book is really a love letter to all the fans of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. Not sure if she is intending to wrap the series, but if she is, this ends on a lovely note. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi Key | 2/8/2014

    " I was right about the motive but as always there was a twist. Not my favourite but pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma O'gorman | 1/25/2014

    " Another good read from Val McDermid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grandma | 1/24/2014

    " First book I read of this author. Was impressed and will probably try other books by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 1/21/2014

    " I use to like the TV series based on these books, although I have found the latest ones a little too graphic for my taste these days (I used to love them all) so I thought I would give the latest Wire in the Blood book a go. I enjoyed it as a good example of the crime genre. A little too much personal development for me, but the crime solving aspect was good and not too much gore. Must read? Probably not, but good for a bit of escapism. Maybe I'll try some of the earlier stories now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keely | 1/20/2014

    " This was one of those mysteries that I solved within the first 100 pages. Nicely written, like the change in POV, but no surprise for me when I am just waiting for the detectives involved to catch up to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 1/16/2014

    " I had no idea this was the sixth book in a series, it was very easy to get to know the characters and I really enjoyed both the plot and the side "gossip". I will most certainly look out for other books by Val McDermid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 12/31/2013

    " This is a really great series which just keeps getting better. We find out a lot more about Tony's background, and are introduced to some new characters that I hope will reappear in future books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 12/30/2013

    " fast paced psychological thriller - a good read! As with all successful crime writing the outcome is not obvious until close to the conclusion. not just a good narrative though the individuals in the police 'super team' are real and the reader engage with them and their lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Benge | 12/27/2013

    " Very dark, very adult and very good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/19/2013

    " I loved this book. Cant wait till the next one is out ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheelagh | 12/4/2013

    " I really enjoy here books. They are quite gritty and down to earth. This book had a twist at the end that you come to expect from Val and it was very enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 8/13/2013

    " This is exactly the type of book that made me give up reading mysteries & thrillers quite some time ago. Most books in this genre are now very much alike, not particularly gripping or suspenseful and often quite forgettable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil Mullen | 5/13/2013

    " A 5 among mysteries: delightfully plotted (with a 2ndary plot to twist around the main one); the characters well fleshed out (including the lesbian love story nicely put among the group); -- & of course an ending fully unanticipated by 99% of readers, including most certainly me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 12/18/2012

    " Mcdermid never fails to deliver. This is an outstanding piece of story-telling. Simply outstanding. I'm off to check out what her next book is and I'm going to get it right away on my kindle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 10/8/2012

    " This was a good book! Realistic in its characters, and the politics of working in a bureaucracy. Interesting, kept me guessing. Will be looking for another book by Val McDermid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 6/12/2012

    " What can I say? It's Val McDermid. It can never be anything but good. And who can resist the equally awkward and brilliant Dr Hill? :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 6/10/2012

    " It's an ok book for holidays... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 4/2/2012

    " I didn't actually finish it, it's just not my kind of book so found it quite boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drina | 12/4/2011

    " Reads like a B-grade movie script. Avoid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uldene Lawyer | 10/5/2011

    " I've been wanting to read this series since I first saw the tv show. now that I've read this I've got sorta mixed feelings about it. It was good, but not quite what I was expecting. and a little bit predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Crow | 9/7/2011

    " I have seen the tv series, but reading is even better. Macdairmaid is a powerful writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chummy | 8/14/2011

    " Just finished this book today and I miss Tony Hill and Carol Jordan already! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 5/21/2011

    " A good crime novel with nuanced characters. This is the first of Val McDermid's that I've read. Now I will go back and read them from the beginning. Love finding authors with lots of good books.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 5/11/2011

    " The book is really a love letter to all the fans of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. Not sure if she is intending to wrap the series, but if she is, this ends on a lovely note. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanne | 4/12/2011

    " Another brilliant Hill and Jordan book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/7/2011

    " My book cover is different from this one but the auther is the same. Here goes nothing. I finished this book and it shows that when people act a certain way that there is truth hiding in other corners. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/27/2011

    " Enjoyable beach read, if a bit grizzly. A good murder mystery, better written than many with some good sub-plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa42 | 3/27/2011

    " I did really like the story. I think I like her writing more now than in the earlier books. I am alternatively frustrated and intrigued by the complex relationship between Carol and Tony. I am both eagerly anticipating the next book and also anxious about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 3/15/2011

    " This is a great book. The mystery is multi-layered and the characterization is extremely well done - as with all of McDermid's books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/13/2011

    " A very good continuation of the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. I was entralled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/6/2011

    " Farfetched, as usual, but a fun ride, as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/25/2011

    " A nice recovery from the last entry in the series, which was a bit of a misstep. The big reveal is considerably less ludicrous, but still a bit of a stretch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/16/2011

    " Tony and Carol do it again for me, a brilliant read. "

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About the Author
Author Val McDermid

Val McDermid is the author of the popular Kate Brannigan series, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, and the Lindsay Gordon series. She has also written a number of other standalone works, including A Place of Execution, Killing the Shadows, The Distant Echo, and Stranded, a collection of short stories. Before becoming a writer full-time, McDermid worked at the Manchester Evening News as a crime reviewer, and she still writes regularly for a number of national newspapers. She currently divides her time between Manchester and Northumberland, England.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.