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)
An excellent look at the minds of the characters and that knowledge (not a gun) is the key to the mystery's solution, but I'll have to listen, again since I missed how/where the title came from.
Hearing Roberts read gives McDermid's characters more form in my imagination.
I love mysteries and this one was outstanding. A great beginning to the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series to which I am looking forward to reading more of the books.
The plot wasn't a complete surprise to me because I had watched the television series based on these books, Wire in the Blood starring Robson Greene. I purchased the book based on fond memories of the quality of the TV series. I only wish that I had read the book first.
No. Excellent narration. His use of regional accents is a nice touch.
Yes... and I did complete it in one very long day!
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.
The subject matter. I must not have been paying attention to the snippet or premise. Very graphic sadism has no interest to me.
I doubt it.
He did the voices well and was convincingly creepy.
I'd watched the series based on McDermid's work, and thought that a reading of it would also be interesting; I was right. There's so much more to Hill and Jordan than is shown in the series, Dr. Hill's relationship with woman on the telephone for one, and Jordan's complex internal romantic sense conflicts with her desire to be a good copper for another.
One thing that I'm sure was an accident, was the performance. Very occasionally, I'd hear the rustle of pages behind Roberts' voice; I'm not sure about other narrators, but I felt as though this sound, domestic and ordinary, complimented the experience. I'd never considered when listening to audiobooks that I was being read to by another person, but that little sound somehow immediately connected me more to story. I considered, for the first, that the reader was reading and thinking about the story just as I was. More a shared experience than a lone one.
I know that's rather off-topic, but it really separated this book from all the others I'd listened to on the site.
Overall great read, the insights into every character were stunning and vividly real as though you were meeting these people yourself.
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