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)
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.
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.
I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers. seeing things from the killers point of view. this is a brutal and sometimes rather uncomfortable listen, but a great story. Excellently performed.
I love Carol & Tony.
this was my 2nd time through the book and even though I knew what was coming I still felt the anticipation of what would happen next.
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.
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