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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,687 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Gerard Doyl 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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Val McDermid is a world-class crime writer whose books have sold millions worldwide. Now she’s back with a chilling, high-velocity thriller featuring her immensely popular creations, clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan.

Tony Hill has had a good run. He and detective Carol Jordan have put away scores of dangerous criminals at a rate that colleagues envy. But there is one serial killer who has shaped and defined their careers, and whose evil surpasses all others: Jacko Vance, ex-celebrity and sociopath. Jacko’s brilliance and utter lack of remorse haven’t left Tony’s mind for a moment in the ten years since the criminal’s imprisonment. Now Jacko has escaped from prison and, even more twisted and cunning than before, is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony and Carol for his years of confinement.

Tony and Carol don’t know when or where Jacko will strike. All they know is that he will cause them to feel fear like they’ve never known.

A chilling, utterly gripping tour de force, The Retribution is the ideal introduction or reintroduction to the world of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. It is an unforgettable read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Val McDermid’s twenty-fifth novel is stunningly good, but it comes with a health warning. Not in the sense of too many detailed descriptions of violence or post mortem examinations, but in what she does in entering the mind of a wholly evil, exceptionally inventive serial killer of teenage girls…Vance is a character in the exaggerated mold of the likes of Hannibal Lector and Lisbeth Salander, and his tussle with Hill and Jordan achieves grotesque, frightening proportions.”

    Times (London)

  • “A gripping and well-written crime thriller. If you’ve been following McDermid’s Hill/Jordon series, this new addition won’t disappoint you. And if, like me, you’re new to Val McDermid’s work, The Retribution is a good introduction.”

    Philadelphia Enquirer

  • “One of McDermid’s strongest efforts.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For those who like script-like prose with shock after shock…McDermid is perfect.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Annie | 2/20/2014

    " I'm not really a thriller reader, and Val McDermid's writing is always pretty graphic in its detail of the victims which is usually a turn-off for me. But the whole Wire in the Blood series has absolutely enthralled me, primarily because of the lead characters of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, and I have to say that I thought this one was the best yet. There are two story lines - a serial prostitute killer in Bradfield and the planned revenge of Jacko Vance on all who brought him to justice. Both, especially the latter, are gripping. But the real strength of this book is in the characterisation - not just Tony and Carol, or Jacko Vance, but all the supporting cast of police and family all of whom are fully rounded and wholly real. The sense of dread throughout the book is palpable - it makes you ache - and the additional exploration of Tony and Carol's backgrounds and relationship only add to it. I've mentioned before the rarity of finding a book that you just can't bear to put down and carry everywhere in the hope of fitting in just another few minutes reading - this is one of those books. A wonderful piece of writing, and Val McDermid deserves every accolade heaped upon her - and what an ending! My thanks to netgalley for the opportunity to read this one on my Kindle ahead of publication. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/16/2014

    " As a follower of the "Wire in the Blood" BBC series this was a good sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate Sometomato | 2/13/2014

    " A real page-turner! I could not put it down and didn't get much else done all day. The ending is a little sad and unsatisfying as far as the main protagonists are concerned, but maybe that leaves room for more development in the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ruth | 2/5/2014

    " Tony Hill, Carol Jordan and her team investigate a serial killer of sex workers while trying to capture escaped prisoner Jacko Vance - a serial killer of teenage girls they jailed years ago. He's out for revenge. "

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