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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:
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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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Grandma | 1/24/2014

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

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