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'Brilliant . . . sensational . . . unforgettable' Guardian
'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent
There is one serial killer who has shaped and defined police profiler Tony Hill's life. One serial killer whose evil surpasses all others. One serial killer who has the power to chill him to the bone: Jacko Vance.
And now Jacko is back in Tony's life. Even more twisted and cunning than ever before, he is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony - and DCI Carol Jordan - for the years he has spent in prison.
Tony doesn't know when Jacko will strike, or where. All he knows is that Jacko will cause him to feel fear like he has never known before - and devastate his life in ways he cannot imagine...
A gripping new thriller in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, from the number one bestseller.
Praise for Val McDermid:
'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail
'So gripping it puts your life on hold' The Times
'As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get' Sunday Express
'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review
'McDermid remains unrivalled' Observer
This is the seventh book in the bestselling Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.
The return of serial killer Jacko Vance drives McDermid's superb seventh novel featuring Dr. Tony Hill and Det. Chief Insp. Carol Jordan of the Bradfield police (after 2010's Fever of the Bone). Vance, the charming TV talk show host responsible for murdering 17 teenage girls in 1997's The Wire in the Blood, manages to escape from prison just as Carol and her team are on the brink of disbanding at the behest of a new chief superintendent. Carol is also leading the murder investigation of several sex workers, each tattooed with the word mine, but it's the hunt for Jacko that consumes her and Tony, knowing that he'll likely direct his pentup anger at the people who helped put him away. Soon Carol's team is working both cases and both killers are upping the ante (and the body count). The emotional wedge that the sadistic Jacko is able to drive between Tony and Carol makes this one of McDermid's strongest efforts. 5-city author tour.
Had it not been for the disappointing ending, I would have given this book 5 stars. The main plot was gripping, to the point where, at one stage, I was hesitant to turn the page for fear of who was next on Jacko Vance's list. The sub plot was a welcome distraction, and served only to further my admiration of Dr Hill's character. Carol Jordan was at her acidic best, and although the storyline did provide the opportunity to finally hear some touching comments from her team, the ending definitely did not justify the focus and inner-strength demonstrated by her character in previous novels. I understand this was a story of truly mixed emotions, but for the first time with any of her novels, this left me with the impression that Val McDermid couldn't quite find the right words to bring this story to a satisfying conclusion. I would highly recommend it though, as long as you've read Mermaid's Singing beforehand. You might like the end?
Horses for courses
Pacy and demanding to be finished BUT as a first time reader of this writer felt that I was forever being given a summary of the outcome of previous novels in the series. I wanted the story to be stand alone really without being treated as a joiner to a well established club of aficionados. Won't be returning to thus series but can see the attractions to folk without a literary family - as a profiler might conclude 😊🔫
Enjoyed this book, could not put it down.