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(USA) by Atlantic Monthly Press, 1 Dec 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8021-2408-1 (HB)
(UK) by Little Brown, 27 Oct 2015. ISBN 978-1-4087-0689-3 (HB)
(CAN) by Harper Collins, 1 Dec 2015. ISBN 978-0-7515-6142-5 (HB)
The good news is that Val McDermid’s Tony Hill and
Carol Jordan are back.The even better
news is that this book is perhaps the best yet in this terrific series (and
that’s saying a lot!).Carol has two love/hate relationships, in the two most
important aspects of her life: the professional, and the personal.As to the former: Carol was for years an ace
detective and the boss of an elite murder squad, which she gave up when she
handed in her resignation.“The career
she’d defined herself by was over.At
moments like this, she had to remind herself that had been her own choice.She could have been Detective Chief Inspector
Jordan yet.But she had chosen to be
plain Carol Jordan.”Until now, that is,
when she is offered the chance to run and to “run a free-standing Major
Incident Team, hand-picking her officers, and handling murders, serious sexual
assaults and the like over six distinct forces
the personal aspect of her life, her relationship with Dr. Tony Hill, the
socially awkward but brilliant criminal profiler who had worked as consultant
with Carol and her squad for a long time, is more like a
not-quite-love/not-quite-hate relationship, she has gotten the ok to have him
on her new squad.And when push comes to
shove, Tony is the one she calls upon when things in her life take an ugly,
alcohol-fueled turn.(On his part, he is
said by one of the other characters to be “trapped in her
like a captive moon.”)But before her
MIT space has even been
Carol and her team, including Tony, start to look into what appears to be a
spate of cyber-bullying suicides, each of women in their mid-thirties who were
very outspoken on women’s issues.
has an office in Bradfield Moor secure mental hospital.“All his working life, he’d been held up as
the expert in empathy, the one who knew how to stand inside other people’s skin
and report back on what they felt and why they felt it.”And his expertise has never been more
important than with this investigation, as he and Carol both feel they have a
serial killer on their hands.(The
reader gets to see exactly how Tony goes about putting together a criminal
profile, and it is fascinating indeed.)
investigation, and the evolution of Carol and Tony’s relationship, are brilliantly
done.The writing, as always, is
excellent, and the novel a page-turner.Not a slim book, I nevertheless tore through it in two days.It is, obviously, highly recommended.
Val McDermidgrew up in Kirkcaldy on the East Coast of
Scotland.Val was accepted at 17 to read
English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford,one of the youngest undergraduates they’d
ever taken on, and the first from a Scottish state school. She worked for
fourteen years on national newspapers in Glasgow
ending up as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid
Her first book Report for Murderwas published by The Women’s Press in 1987.
She finally gave up the day job in April, 1991, and has been making her living
by writing ever since. She still reviews regularly for various national
newspapers, and also writes occasional journalism and broadcast regularly on
BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland.
Val divides her year between writing and promoting her work
at home and abroad, and when she is not travelling, she divides her time
between South Manchester and Edinburgh
where she lives with her partner and her son.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.