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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,040 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Emilia Fox Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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A killer is on the loose, blurring the line between fact and fiction. His prey - the writers of crime novels who have turned psychological profilers into heroes. But this killer shatters all conventional wisdom, and for one woman, the desperate hunt to uncover his identity becomes a matter of life and death.

Professor Fiona Cameron is an academic psychologist who uses computer technology to help police forces track serial offenders. She used to help the Met, but when they screwed up an investigation after ignoring her advice she vowed never to work for them again. Still smarting from the experience, she's working a case in Toledo when her lover, thriller writer Kit Martin, tells her a fellow crime novelist has been murdered. It's not her case, but Fiona can't help taking an interest.

Which is just as well, because before too long the killer strikes again. And again. And Fiona finds herself caught in a race against time not only to save a life but to bring herself redemption, both personal and professional. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mona Harrison | 2/19/2014

    " This was my first foray into McDermid territory. I found the story complex, well-written, and gruesomely descriptive. I must confess, I prefer my innards served up by a talented chef, rather than spewed graphically before me by a gifted writer. Bon appetit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/12/2014

    " A really good thriller if you can take gruesome. Good plot, keeps you guessing... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ã…ke | 2/4/2014

    " I generally don't read much Thrillers like this and I must say I was positively surprised. This book deserves all the glory it has received in the press, and has held me captive from my other commitments for a couple of weeks now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Jem | 2/1/2014

    " I can't stop reading this author... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bibliophile | 1/25/2014

    " A disappointing Val McDermid outing - neither the multiple mysteries nor the main characters were particularly compelling (and I recently read Rosamund Lupton's Sister, which did such a good job of showing the grief and devastation of losing a loved one to a violent crime that Fiona's grief over her sister just didn't seem very moving to me.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 1/20/2014

    " Detailed story, realistic characters. I will read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/19/2014

    " One of her better books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gillian | 1/1/2014

    " I loved this book. It is very intriguing, right to the end. I never guessed the perpetrator. A psychological crime thriller, it is one of the best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra aka Sleo | 12/24/2013

    " Well, parts of it were ok, even amusing, but there were plot holes and improbabilities that stretched the limits of believability past my limits. I had heard this woman writes good mysteries, and perhaps there are others that are better. Not this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva | 12/22/2013

    " By a coincidence I read Birkegaard's Death Sentence with a similar theme (just more 'noir'). I liked how the relationships among the main characters developed. I didn't like too many plot lines: although they met at the end, it was not really convincing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 12/21/2013

    " A serial killer who is targeting writers of serial killer novels! Very unique and I liked how there seemed to be three separate crimes occurring simultaneously as this would reflect 'real life' more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanne | 12/17/2013

    " Mei... ein Krimi eben. Ganz netter Plot, aber leider schablonenhafte Figuren. Nice to read, nice to forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lud | 12/6/2013

    " read it on an airplane, good read for that (I do like this author, but a bit grisly at times) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Babette | 8/23/2013

    " I have not read McDermid for quite a while, but I have loved her novels in the past. This book was a disappointment. It had a subplot that seemed irrelevant and it was building to a climax that was a real let-down. There was a lot of potential here, but it was never developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simone Sinna | 7/15/2013

    " I like Val McDermid's books and this is no exception- some positives in that the heroes are less angst ridden than Tony Hill and side kick but these characters not as well developed. Lighter than a lot of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayseed | 5/30/2013

    " Too much sex in this book and more gore than necessary to make it a good story. Will try one more of this authors books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 4/28/2013

    " I've read all of her Tony Hill series, but this is a standalone story. Not quite as good as the heroine is unsympathetic and grumpy a lot of the time, the plot is very far-fetched, but the story got me gripped and I didn't guess the villain in advance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia9012 | 12/4/2012

    " You need a strong stomach, but how the story links together is amazing. Well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steffi | 8/29/2012

    " the book started with 3 parallel story lines and I wondered from the beginning where it will lead. 2 connected in the end but still didnt make sense to me after all. I think the main story had a lot potential and I liked it but it disappointed me... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/10/2012

    " Couldn't put it down! Really scary and gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Balthazar Lawson | 5/12/2012

    " This is a stand alone novel that takes a slightly different look at how a psychologist is able to help police solve crimes. Of course the psychologist is dragged into the crime, if not you don't have a story. It's an enjoyable read though the ending is a big of a let down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Bird | 11/21/2011

    " This was not the best crime thriller, it was going ok until the last part where it became very unbelievable. I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 5/4/2011

    " Ok a bit far fetched at times and not her best but a page turner in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 3/24/2011

    " I read this on the Nook because Stieg Larsson mentioned the author in one of his books. I've never read a book with so many grammatical errors in it. There must have been a poor proof reader or poor translator here. I liked it but felt it was slow going at times. It had moderate interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Weebly | 2/27/2011

    " This book was a bit more gruesome than ones I normally read, about a serial killer killing authors of serial killer books, and mainly about a Psychologist whose expertise is about crime linkage (but is also married to an author).

    Good book with an unexpected twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/13/2011

    " Better than some of hers I read, but a rather self indulgent plot--someone is killing mystery writers in the same manner as characters in their books. Good characterizations and a plot that keeps you guessing. Although here the tie up with another crime is a bit off the wall and a stretch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 11/27/2010

    " A really good thriller if you can take gruesome. Good plot, keeps you guessing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/2/2010

    " I just discovered this author and I'm really enjoying her murder mystery novels - the characters are well-developed and the plots are clever and have good (but not outrageous) twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 8/3/2010

    " This was not the best crime thriller, it was going ok until the last part where it became very unbelievable. I wouldn't recommend it. "

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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

Emilia Fox has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. She is an acclaimed and award-winning actress, most notably played the title role in the play Katherine Howard at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and Clara Copperfield in a television movie production of David Copperfield. In 2004 she began playing pathologist Nikki Alexander on the television series Silent Witness. In 2006 she garnered much praise for her role in the independent comedy-drama Cashback.