The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted. But as Hill confronts his own hidden demons, he must also come face-to-face with an evil so profound he may not have the courage - or the power - to stop it....
©1995 Val McDermid (P)1996 ISIS Publishing Ltd.
"Complex...powerful...psychologically terrifying...impossible to put down." (Publishers Weekly)
"Exciting, rapid-fire...a satisfying descent into the territory of a twisted mind." (Booklist )
"Compelling and shocking…." (Minette Walters)
I'll admit I didn't listen to much of this book - the sexual serial killer who is the narrator was just too creepy and ugly for me to listen to for very long. If this wasn't a part of a 3-for-2 special, I'd return it as un-listenable for me. I'd heard very good things about this author and was trying to test out one of her books, and perhaps it wouldn't have been so bad if I was reading it rather than listening to it - with the tone of voice and inflections that brought it to life. I might try out another of her novels, another time, but this was was too much for me.
I like to follow series. This is probably the most consistent in quality story to story. Thus far not a dud in the lot. I gave this one a 4 but for me they all come very close to 5 stars. I highly recommend this series for extended reading.
Torturing humans is bad, but when it came to dogs...even barking dogs...I couldn't listen any further.
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You just get caught up in the twists and turns of the plot and the characters
I read the book many years ago and now I get to liten to itwhen driving on a long comute. It has not lost the ability to draw me in and it was nice to be able to listen to the start of the series again.
Tony Hill is introduced in this book and then several others follow. I didn't know this at the time. I might read more later of this series but I wasn't blown away enough to crave the next installment.
Love all mysteries!
did not enjoy at all. story,plot,reader, hard to follow details. I am disappointed in this book.
I will not read anything by Val McDermid
Not have tortured the dog. Yes, i know this is a serial killer book, and I didn't even listen to all of it. It went too far with the dog torture - and I didn't even listen to that. It started, I returned the book..
Reading a book with animal torture - there should be limits even for a buck.
Don't read it. Don't buy it. Don't support this author. The animal torture could have been alluded to - bad but this.... No. Don't support him.
This was such a freaky sick book for people who have a sick sense of what good horror writing is.the main character enjoys describing in detail each and every homosexual killing.I read this book in two days that's how much I enjoyed this book
This book stands alone for me . I will definitely read ms Val again .I must confess I missed the reason for the title can anyone explain?
I believe that Graham Roberts did an excellent job with the different dialects I was originally from the south of England and I did not perfect a ear for the northern lilts.Now I live in the USA so it all sounds a very strong accent.I believe he did the killers voice the best.
It made me feel sick at some of the extreme torture especially to the police officer.i just saw the series on Tv and it did not have the same impact as the book on tape.
firstlty I think Ms McDermids writing is so different to the other writers she has so much imagination and her use of the English language is unique and totally her own.She is able to describe a death scene and you feel you are part of the team able to give the next answer to the Inspectors questions.Can you tell I like this author?
Listening to this makes me wonder about McDermid. This is the most graphic sexual violence I've ever heard and I couldn't finish the book.
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