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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,905 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Graham Roberts Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781611205336
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The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he’s encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him.

Hill’s own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer’s motives—but it has also made him the perfect victim. As Hill confronts his own hidden demons, he must also come face-to-face with an evil so profound he may not have the courage or the power to stop it.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 2/18/2014

    " I loved this book even more than the series, Blood in the Wire. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelli | 2/17/2014

    " I would give this 3.5 stars. Very good murder/mystery/thriller.....not for the squeamish. Serial killer who uses ancient torture devices on young men. While the subject matter was at times disturbing, the characters really drew me in and I was interested and a bit surprised. I finally quit trying to figure it out and just went with the story. I needed a fast-paced read after some slow burners this summer. I will definitely check out the next in the series....as I enjoyed the setting and characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 2/14/2014

    " This was a good book. I liked the interaction between Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. The story was a good mystery and I will read the next installment in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anji | 2/11/2014

    " Any of the Tony Hill novels I find hugely fascinating,love the character and all his complexities. Problem I have is that I cannot help but visualise the cast of the TV series when I read these,but that isn't such a bad thing.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 2/3/2014

    " I approached this book a little nervously for several reasons. The first Val McDermid book I tried - Conferences are Murder - felt dry and stilted. It hadn't put me off completely but I'd been surprised, as everyone seemed to rate this author so highly. Secondly, I had watched the Wire in the Blood series and really enjoyed it but I'm always wary of trying the book after the TV/movie version. I loved the characters in the TV series and wasn't disappointed by the book. It is most certainly graphic - harder to read than to watch - and I don't remember the TV series stilting on the violence. The book intersperses the serial murder case and the burgeoning relationship between Carol Jordan and Tony Hill with excerpts from the murderer's diary. I don't always have the strongest stomach for this level of violence but the author got so far under the skin of this character that it felt oddly appropriate. I had to abandon American Psycho because I just couldn't take the mindless violence, but these scenes, although mind-blowing in their gore and cruelty at times, always felt in keeping with the grittiness of the story. Nothing felt out of place and, violence aside, it was easy reading because the storytelling was so effortless. Not for the faint hearted though - this is hard-boiled crime writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 1/25/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Interesting characters. I think I'm officially a Val McDermid fan...next! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/23/2014

    " Loved this book - couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/15/2014

    " Holy violence batman. The first Dr Tony Hill novel - the man who is attempting to bring profiling to England's police forces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee Skingle | 1/10/2014

    " If you like mysteries, this is good, but not for weak stomachs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adriana | 12/30/2013

    " I couldn't put this book down. I don't know if its because I'm a huge fan of the TV Show or because this is a very interesting book with relatable characters... maybe both. if you happen to like serial killer books pick this up, you wont be dissapointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Innes | 12/27/2013

    " A little dated now in that the police don't seem to have mobile phones yet, but a great story which kept me guessing to the end. Rather gory and not for the faint hearted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helena | 12/18/2013

    " I love this series which has led to the highly successful tv sweries . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 12/17/2013

    " Fantastic and nail-biting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avrilbrown | 6/22/2013

    " A quick read, well-written although not so keen on the graphic violence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/21/2013

    " A very eerie thriller from one of Britain's top suspense writers. This is part of the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series by the author which was made into an excellent television series on BBC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erich Sysak | 12/24/2012

    " "Good, complex plot with many interesting characters. Detailed, rich prose. Dr. Tony is a bit strange, the whole phone call thing. And I didn't feel like the detection process led to solving the crime quite as much as hoped. But overall, a great crime novel worth reading." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger Thornhill | 10/13/2012

    " Very good plot well written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 7/24/2012

    " I'm not so sure about Tony Hill, but I love the character of Carol Jordan. Tony Hill is too connected to the killer, I guess thats the point. Poor Carol, she needs to place her affections elsewhere but I doubt she will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginnz | 7/14/2012

    " The first Dr Hill and Carol Jordan book. A real treat to go back and fill in the missing hole. A well crafted story that was quite graphic and hard to read at times. The last 100 pages flew past, even though long before the "twist" was revealed it was clear that Tony was a target. Awesome book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gary | 6/29/2012

    " Grisly, but otherwise uninteresting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 5/13/2012

    " Good read. The first Tony Jordan book. I prefer the later books in the series, as the characters develop. Rather glad Tony is impotent. We find out about it in this book. I don't want the leads to do anything but go after serial killers. "

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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.