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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 Doyle Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464028991
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse Kimmel-Freeman | 1/24/2014

    " This is a great suspense book. You can put yourself into the minds of the characters. It's a little difficult to always relate to the British terms, but that can be expected when reading a book that's primary audience and writer are not from your own. Good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 1/21/2014

    " 3 1/2 stars. I've read all of the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan books. I've been expecting to see Jacko Vance since his Wire in the Blood days. I knew we hadnt seen the last of him, but was surprised it took so long for him to appear again. I finally understand why Tony has been in love with Carol Jordan, because she is just like his mother. She is now much different from prior books and she is now just a mean and cruel drunk. I'm getting a little tired of all of Tony's groveling for Carol. Their relationship is now like a sickness that I want them both to be cured of. Whereas before it was intriguing and interesting and fun to read about. Now hopefully they will both just go there separate ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 1/21/2014

    " As always, McDermid delivers a good vacation read. I was a bit disappointed in the ending - while I could see it coming, I hoped for a different presentation - but overall I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Dowling | 1/19/2014

    " Wow! Return of Jacko Vance (my favorite perp of the series) but a bit disappointed in the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 12/23/2013

    " This is the sixth in the Tony Hill series by the amazing Val McDermid. Awesome writing, characters that earn their way into your hearts, and a plot and pace that keeps building. This is what mystery writing is supposed to be. Thank you, Val McDermid! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elle Kennedy | 11/1/2013

    " Wasn't crazy about the ending, but everything that led up to it was awesome :) Love Tony and Carol, and now I'm dying for the next book because V.M. left me with a cliffhanger... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vici | 10/10/2013

    " Brilliant twist with this I'm hoping that this isn't the end for carol n tony "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 5/6/2013

    " This is a new series for me but one that I will read more of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mari | 2/19/2013

    " Overall, the book was good. I love this series and I enjoy the books almost as much as the tv show Wire in the Blood. The whodunit cases were pretty good. I still love Tony and Carol together both working cases and the 5 minutes they have not working cases. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alasse | 2/14/2013

    " Found the ending quite abrupt and unsatisfying - hope there's a sequel in the works with some resolution! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Primula Brandybuck | 12/18/2012

    " Would have received more stars if Jacko was simply out of the book and McDermid simply concentrated on the other story thread; Jacko's storyline was a bit dull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 5/3/2012

    " Another Amazing book from a wonderful author. Following Dr Tony Hill, Carol Jordan & her team on yet another thrilling case. A must read for all Val McDermid fans & if you havn't read one of her books before you definitely should. "

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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

Gerard Doyle, award-winning narrator, was born of Irish parents and raised and educated in England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator, he has been awarded dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2006 for The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty.