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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,042 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781593977115
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Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan return for the first time since The Last Temptation in A Golden Dagger nominee for 2004 Best Novel of the Year

Devastated after the vicious assault she suffered in The Last Temptation, Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan has returned to Bradfield to resume her career. But she is surprised to discover that clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill has followed her there to take up a post in a high security mental hospital. When she is assigned a case involving the grotesque murder of a prostitute, she turns to him for help.


The killing resembles in every detail a series of murders that took place a couple of years before—for which Derek Tyler was tried, convicted and sentenced. Another murder soon follows. The police mount a full investigation and this terrifying scenario presents itself: is it possible the killer is someone on the inside of the investigation?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Those who thought McDermid had exceeded herself with the brilliant and provocative The Distant Echo are going to be stunned by its sequel.... This is one series where you wait eagerly for the next installment. Globe and Mail

  • One of McDermid's finest. The Times (London)
  • It is hard to know what to praise first here: the impeccable plotting or the sharp social relevance of the narrative (a McDermid specialty). Most of all, though, it's the relationship between her two central characters that makes The Torment of Others work so well. Daily Express
  • McDermid is unusual in her ability to keep the suspense high while constructing social mysteries that are far-ranging in their implications…McDermid brings to her mysteries an unusual capacity for compassion, both for victims and for the detectives whose lives are shattered tracking down the killers. Booklist, starred review
  • Beautifully constructed, impeccably written...This fresh, imaginative psychological thriller should help win the author many new fans in the U.S. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/20/2014

    " Why is mediocre writing somehow considered standard in the thriller/police procedural genre? McDermid is the perfect example of a writer with a really excellent series--cleverly plotted, with complex main characters and even well-fleshed out secondary ones. But the prose is so plodding and cliche-ridden that it detracts from the fast-paced narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 2/14/2014

    " Suspenseful police procedural/thriller set in England. Characters Carol Jordan, Tony Hill and others. Good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Holloway | 2/9/2014

    " The best thriller I've read in may many months. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/29/2014

    " The fourth in the series and I am still liking them. A very convoluted serial killer mystery with the main killer being in the shadows directing the actual killers. Very much a thinking man's mystery. The main characters are still doing their two steps towards each other then a step back but the relationship is evolving in a fairly realistic manner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Chambers | 1/22/2014

    " Excellent, my kind of book a bit scary but I loved it all the way through and had great difficulty putting it down, I think I've read this in record time, but I have to say I have been reading until the early hours. I've read others with Dr. Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordon, if she won't get it together with him I'll have him,lol.. "

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

    " My first Val McDermid and read in record time. A page-turner of the first order. "

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

    " As usual a good twisted read from this great author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 1/15/2014

    " good plot twists, but too gory for my tastes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Day | 1/11/2014

    " Great book - this is one author that I always enjoy. The characters and plot are inventive. I also enjoy the Scottish setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Batho | 12/24/2013

    " With more twists than a Chubby Checker song. Loved it! I have yet to read a substandard book by Val. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary G. | 12/19/2013

    " This was one of the very best Hill/Jordon stories. It truly had a compellng mystery and more development of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 12/9/2013

    " Another wonderful, although at times graphically sickening, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan novel. Some powerful moments that put you inside the squad room. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 11/13/2013

    " Read this one a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I like Val McDermid's writing. Her characters are richly drawn and her plots engagingly complex and quite satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Worth | 7/10/2013

    " Was a good book, enough to keep you from wanting to put it down. Val has a great way of writing and remains true to the genre, unlike some of the others who have "popularised" or become to "arty". Some parts are a little far fetched, but all in all a recommended read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morgan | 2/4/2013

    " Once again.. it started strong and then floundered. Too much going on, not enough to care about. Also, the whole Tony/Carol relationship bores me to the point of stupidity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charmaine Clancy | 5/4/2012

    " I heart Tony Hill :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 3/11/2012

    " I've been working my way through all the Tony Hill books. Love them all. Very well written and absorbing!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 3/2/2012

    " Absolutely could not put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 7/3/2011

    " I thought this book was outstanding. Didn't want to put it down. Wonderful characters and plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 4/30/2011

    " I really enjoy the profiler in this series. He is a misfit and knows it, but it makes him so good at the thing he does.
    I like the way Val writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nimue | 2/15/2011

    " a perfect book to keep you glued to reading .. page after page is brilliantly penned ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/13/2011

    " Not too bad, but not too memorable either. I keep seeing the Tony Hill of the TV series, which kind of gets in the way. This one is about someone murdering prostitutes (what a shocking twist!) who’s being controlled by someone else to do it. OK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 12/27/2010

    " Same thoughts as other books by Mcdermid-- great read, but too graphic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jorge | 11/1/2010

    " Never really got attached to the main characters, found them a little bland. Also found the story a little slow, but it picks up speed and recovers near the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/14/2010

    " This was one of the very best Hill/Jordon stories. It truly had a compellng mystery and more development of the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MzDivaDawn | 8/18/2010

    " This was my second time trying this book, but I just couldn't even finish it. It's not nearly as good as the tv series it was based on - "Wire in the Blood." Those were EXCELLENT shows, so I can't get into the books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 8/6/2010

    " Great, couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 angie | 7/18/2010

    " excellent mystery from scottish writer mcdermid - have read other good ones by her as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 6/5/2010

    " Interesting to read one of these after watching the British television series based on his books. They really did a great job portraying this story on screen. These are scary but good stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/5/2010

    " This was a somewhat disturbing but very good read. Recommended to those who like graphic crime novels. "

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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 thirty-one 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.