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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,904 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Guerin Barry Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593970864
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Mapping the minds of murderers is what Dr. Tony Hill does better than anyone. So when a twisted killer starts targeting psychologists across Northern Europe, Hill is the obvious choice to track the executioner's mental and physical journey.

Except that Tony, still bearing the scars of past cases, doesn't want to do this anymore.

But the killer is about to strike uncomfortably close to home. The next victim is a friend and colleague. And Tony's former partner, Detective Carol Jordan, is directly in the murderer's path, working undercover in a world where human life means less than the smallest drug deal. She needs Tony's help as much as the beleaguered European police officials do.

Now the danger is closing in. Confronting the worst of modern crime and struggling to unravel roots that lie deep in the tormented past of Nazi atrocities and Stasi abuses, Tony and Carol are forced to battle for survival against overwhelming odds. In this morass of double-cross and double-dealing, they have no one to trust but each other. Deftly merging the dark terrain of forensic psychology with the brooding, crime-streaked world of post-Cold War Europe, McDermid's The Last Temptation is an unrivaled tour de force that takes Tony Hill further into the mind of a killer than he's ever dared to go before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • More than just a serial killer novel, [The Last Temptation is] a masterful examination of evil and the relics of Nazi and Stasi years in Germany. The Guardian (UK)
  • Val McDermid is one of the few crime authors who can be convincing when it comes to writing tough, yet retain a powerful emotional insight. Scotland on Sunday (UK)
  • A scary, disturbing, exciting, and atmospheric white-knuckle read. The London Times (UK)

  • This well-executed novel has it all: a complex, suspenseful plot, a full cast of interesting characters, and two budding romances. Library Journal
  • Exciting and compassionate. Salon.com
  • White-knuckle suspense, hot action, and graphic chills. Sure to be a hit with thriller fans. Booklist
  • Irresistible...McDermid skillfully controls her cast...This is a hugely ambitious novel, involving three police forces, [and] the settings in Berlin are vividly evoked. The Daily Express (UK)
  • “Relentless, electric and absorbing, this is a thriller not to miss. Los Angeles Times Book Review, A Best Book of 2002

  • [McDermid is] the best we've got. The New York Times Book Review
  • A tense thriller...a chain of events that brings a frenetic conclusion followed by a smart-well-concealed twist. Boston Globe
  • A psychologically chilling and multifaceted thriller...With consummate skill and pacing, [McDermid] braids together the complex story lines through surprising revelations, heart-stopping suspense and cruel double-crosses...creating even more tension. McDermid's writing and her understanding of the criminal mind get better with each novel. With its European locales, depiction of Nazi-mind experiments and hints at another Jordan/Hill novel, this may well be her breakout book. She certainly deserves it. Publishers Weekly
  • McDermid's Dr. Tony Hill is so tortured he makes Thomas Harris's troubled heroes seem like lighthearted game-show hosts. McDermid has become a whiz at generating breathless, crosscutting suspense. GQ

Listener Opinions

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

    " This is the first book from Tony Hill series by Val McDermid I've read. It was quite long book, but the characters are well defined and I wasn't confused who is who. The action was well conducted. Good crime book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Bird | 1/31/2014

    " Ultimately disapointing. I actually enjoyed most of this. It is a long book but it didn't drag (in fact the ending was rather rushed) and the multiple story lines kept it interesting. In fact it is actually 2 completely independent stories, which leads me to the first problem, why are there 2 stories? The 2nd story seems only to be there so that the profiler can be in Germany, a extremely complex mechanism for such a minor thing. It would have worked if, and here is my 2nd problem, this 2nd story was not totally abandoned at the end of the book with a ridiculous ending. With no actual evidence the profiler (with police support) confronted the suspect and they just killed him, just awful. My 3rd problem was the plot hinging observation of the undercover detective with the profiler, in a curtainless window at night, how contrived. It was a real shame as a lot of the book was very enjoyable and both stories had a lot of potential. I would not recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Temple | 1/12/2014

    " This novel had two stories going at the same time with a satisfactory ending for both,involving three police forces. Bravo for The Last Temptation for keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout. Excellent read. Worth every star I could give it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndee | 12/29/2013

    " Very exciting, edge of my seat, page turner. It actually helps that I saw the BBC series, because the characters are very accurately portrayed there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morgan | 12/27/2013

    " I give up. I'm almost at the very end and I just don't care. None of this is interesting. There are far too many people and too many plots going on. I'm going to read the next one and if it doesn't hold my interest then I'm done with this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Leggo | 12/20/2013

    " Wonderful story bring the two character together in a European situation. Read it on a deck at Point Lookout Nth Stradbroke Is while on holiday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 12/2/2013

    " Not my favorite of her books, but even a mediocre Val McDermid book is a worthwhile and engaging read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Petersen | 9/18/2013

    " I love these characters. And I want to love McDermid, but her books are always too violent for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn (in SC) C234D | 9/13/2013

    " Another intense story in this series. I do like these characters, and the writing just grabs you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scot | 8/26/2013

    " Very good as usual with Val McDermind. Not one that was filmed for 'Wire In The Blood' and and therefore a good stand alone thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/8/2013

    " Val McDermid strikes again, with another absorbing, intelligent thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Bauer | 1/15/2013

    " First Val McDermid book I have read. Good writer. Interesting plot. Somewhat implausible ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Stergar | 1/11/2013

    " Very good serial killer thriller. Read it almost all in one sitting. This was a little number I picked up randomly at the bookstore and very glad I did. The mind of the serial killer was incredibly accurate and I appreciated all of the different points-of-view. Not very predictable either! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 10/2/2012

    " Tony and Carol are now in Europe. Although they're working on very different--and equally interesting--cases, their lives and activities are intertwined. This novel is much less bloodly than its predecessors, but it is perhaps more chilling and suspenseful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 11/29/2011

    " I think this is the 13th or 14th Val McDermid book I have read. However, this by far is the most twisted and grotesque book, but the best. This book, with its' murders, is not for the squeemish! Just a warning! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 7/26/2011

    " Highly awesome to listen to. Two storylines going at the same time, sometimes intertwining with the characters overlapping. Excellent and can't wait til more show up on my wishlist with SimplyAudio "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.R. Moler | 6/7/2011

    " I didn't like this one quite as well as some of the others. I think the much lower level of intraction between Carol and Tony combined with the Non-UK setting left me less drawn by the plot. "

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

    " I liked this book better than the previous two. One reason is it is the first plot I was not familiar with because of the TV show. Also I liked the it focused more on the relationship of the main characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 3/20/2011

    " Definitely not my favorite Val McDermid ... pretty good story, but a little farfetched. I'll definitely keep reading her, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/10/2011

    " Two story-lines running in parallel. Much violence & cruelty. Lacked plausibility at times. I didn't enjoy this one as much as other volumes in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 12/29/2010

    " I didn't like the placement of Carol Jordan in Berlin but as with all McDermid's Tony Hill series, I found it hard to put down. Overall I love her kind of psychological thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 9/12/2010

    " Not my favorite of her books, but even a mediocre Val McDermid book is a worthwhile and engaging read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharonb | 7/30/2010

    " more like a spy/action novel. I really like the main characters-so hope they dont get knocked off in the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/8/2010

    " One McDermid's best Hill and Jordan stories. The characters continue to grow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 6/22/2010

    " I think this is the 13th or 14th Val McDermid book I have read. However, this by far is the most twisted and grotesque book, but the best. This book, with its' murders, is not for the squeemish! Just a warning! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 6/10/2010

    " slow starting but still holds an interest in what's going to happen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn (in SC) C234D | 5/25/2010

    " Another intense story in this series. I do like these characters, and the writing just grabs you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndee | 5/15/2010

    " Very exciting, edge of my seat, page turner. It actually helps that I saw the BBC series, because the characters are very accurately portrayed there. "

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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

Guerin Barry is a stage, screen, and television actor, as well as a musical performer. He has lent his vocal talents to The Empire Strikes Back, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Days of Our Lives, animated films, and talking toys.