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'm a pretty hard boiled crime fiction devotee, but I stopped listening to this only a bit into chapter two. I enjoy dark crime fiction. The characters held promise of good, deep development, but the details of a psychopathic sexual sadist's delight in his medieval torture chamber repelled me.
McDermid is terrific! The psychology doesn't get overbearing; it adds to the quality of the story. Characters are well defined. An all around good listen!
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
This was well-written. Being inside the killer's head was handled well and was interesting to read. Tony is a brilliant character who was portrayed really well in the TV series, but I love him even more in the book. I really didn't like the narrator.
I loved the strong character development, multiple plots interwoven and the building suspense of this whodunit. I have listened to 2 Val McDermid books, both Tony Hill & Carole Jordan characters. I'm going to go looking for another by Val McDermid.
I also read the other Val McDermit (2nd in the Tony Hill series) Blood on the Wire.
I liked the Carol Jordan character.
When Angelica came to Tony's house I knew something was up.
I'm hooked on Val McDermid books.
Oh when will this end? I tried, but after many hours just had to end my own torture of listening to this book. The killer is definitely a sicko, but the story just rambled on and on. I couldn't figure out who was who and dreaded trying to finish.
oh my god
Tony Hill of course. I love his mind and that he can't help but solve the problems and does so even to the detriment of his own life. I guess I like that passion and expertise. I always want Tony & Carol to find a way to be together though.
I cried. My mouth hung open a few times. I didn't want to stop listening and would keep it on while at work -- had to stop that because I would react aloud to things. Emotional story!
This is a very intense and graphic story. You have been warned.
The entire book is composed of graphically detailed modern day application of medieval torture instruments. It is a story of a sicko needing the most gruesome forms of torture in history to become sexually aroused. The author seems to have become consumed by the methods of the Inquisition and other heinous forms of desiccating a human. Yes, there is the search for the "gay murderer" by a sexually confused profiler; but it is less about the "mystery", and much, much, much more about the detailed descriptions of torture. Not a great substitute for character development and a good mystery. I am unlikely to wade through this author's work again.
Not a waste of time, but I won't listen again.
That's difficult to say because I guessed the murderer. I had just seen an " Inspector Morse" and it had a very similar twist.
What I simply couldn't buy was that a fairly stable female character could learn what she did about the main character and not have serious reservations about him.
Want books to keep me on the edge of my seat. I commute a lot and love being engaged in a mystery thriller.
The characters are really well developed
No over several days while driving
I read the paper version of another Val McDermid novel years ago, A Distant Echo, which was quite suspenseful and well-written. This novel, however, is full of awful serial-killer sadism which is quite unpleasant to listen to in an audiobook. I'm quite tired of the serial killer genre.
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