Mapping the minds of murderers is what Dr. Tony Hill does better than anyone. So when a twisted killer starts targeting psychologists across Northern Europe, he's the obvious choice to track the executioner's mental and physical journey.
Except that Tony doesn't want to do this anymore.
But the case is about to come uncomfortably close to home. The next victim is a friend of his. And his former partner, DCI Carol Jordan, is herself in Germany, working undercover in a world where human life is cheaper than a drug deal. She needs his help as much as the beleaguered European police forces do.
Confronting the worst of contemporary crime and struggling to unravel roots that lie deep in the tormented past of Nazi atrocities and Statsi abuses, Tony and Carol are forced to battle for their survival against overwhelming odds.
Deftly merging the dark world of forensic psychology and the crime-streaked word of post-Cold War Europe, McDermid has created a truly original crime thriller for our time.
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I am a big fan of Val McDermid's Dr. Tony Hill / Carol Jordan series, and have enjoyed listening to several of the books on my iPod. That's part of why I'm so very disappointed by this effort. The narrator is absolutely terrible. His affect is all wrong, and he can't handle any of the accents necessary for this particular work (not just the standard range of British voices, but also various Europeans -- the reader really makes a hash of it, and sounds like someone doing bad comedy more than anything else). Because the reader is so bad, it's almost a mercy that this book is abridged, because otherwise it would have gone on for way too long. With a talented reader, however, this book should be available in its unabridged version; it's a great story. Michael Tudor Barnes, the reader for Val McDermid's _The Wire In the Blood_, did such a fantastic job -- I wish he'd been selected for this one, too.