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 he no longer wants to delve into the minds of serial killers. Soon, however, the case comes too close to home: the next victim is a friend of his.
Hill's former partner, DCI Carol Jordan, is herself in Germany, working undercover in a world where human life is cheaper than a drugs deal. She needs his help as much as the hunters of the killer. So Tony and Carol are joined in a battle against the odds. In the morass of double-cross and double-dealing, they have no-one to trust but each other.
©2002 Val McDermid; (P)2002 Isis Publishing Ltd
Story is super. Great Val McDermid
Yes. Pace. Action.
Voice was too soft - hard to hear at times.
"Not for me"
I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the writing, but I struggled to reach the end. The actual story/plot is good, but the writing seems lazy in some places and the narrator managed to drain all the pace, personality and atmosphere from what felt like every scene. Accents were all over the place (Dutch for Dutch was good, but East End of London and Liverpuddlian for German - at least be consistent). The narrated dialogue was so slow in some places, it was as if the characters were talking to someone who had difficulty in understanding (if you speak s l o w l y, they will understand) and often, this was when the scene should have been quite fast-paced.
I perservered, but this may be one that is better off read as a paperback. I was looking forward to listening to the rest (Wire in the Blood was excellent and well narrated) but I'm not going to bother now, which is a shame.
As a fan of the TV series "Wire in the Blood" I thought that I would give one of the audio boooks a go. Not too bad and I did listen all the way through, but I must admit I prefer to watch it
I listened to The Wire in the Blood (the book before this one) and loved it and bought this one without listening to the sample.
The narration was simply awful. The dialogue was read in a very wooden manner, which made the book seem really cheesily written. The accents and the general tempo and inflection in which it was read were really distracting.
I can't recommend this, but only because of the narration.
Suspenseful, intriguing, incisive.
Anything narrated by Stephen fry as it is a joy to listen to!
The book is fabulous, but Sylvesters performance is a joy to listen to. There are so many boring narrators out there which make good books so dire, annoying, or just plain dull, but this is the exception. She has just the right intonation to carry off this genre, aswell as understandable accents with no stereotypical additions for Herr Fritz! She injects passion, malice, and compassion into the characters at just the right level without ever sounding patronizing or false. Some may find her pace a little slower than usual for this genre, but I found it added to the suspense, and just made for a more enjoyable listen. She is definitely someone I would want to listen to again. None of the above could be said for the narrator of " the torment of others" which is told at the speed and emotional intensity of a gattling gun.
the best executed pieces of storytelling I've heard heard for a long time. But why does the chapter being read not correspond to the chapter on the Info screen? Quite often I was told I was on say CH13, but when I looked at the display it would tell me I'm on CH25 or similar. This was very annoying and I have noticed it before with other audio books. Hence the 4 stars.
Grate story well written kept me on the edge of my iPod.
Tony hill fascinating character
"Tony Hill in Europe!"
I enjoyed this story but not as much as the previous books in the series as it took Tony and Carole into a European setting which didn't work as well. There are two intertwining quite violent and graphic story lines. I find this narrator's voice quite flat and annoying at times when she attempts the various accents so was disappointed to see she narrates the next book in the series too!
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