Tony Hill is asked by the Home Office to form a national task force of trained psychological profilers, a hit squad capable of moving in on particularly complex cases. He gives his new team the details of 30 missing teenagers and asks them to discover whether there is a sinister link between any of the cases.
Only one officer, Shaz Bowman, comes up with a concrete theory. She is ridiculed by the rest of her group...until a killer murders and mutilates one of their number.
©1997 Val McDermid; (P)1998 Isis Publishing Ltd
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
A book from the 90's when 'serial killers' were a popular suspense topic. Even though we have a good idea who the baddie may be, McDermid writes her story so well that the reader remains engaged, interested and curious. While this is a part of a series, you do not need to read/ listen to them all.
'Wire in the Blood' became the title of a TV series based on McDermid's novels.
In the days of hard copy reading, this story would have had me reading all night till I had finished. Having Michael Tudor Barnes doing the telling so well was a great bonus.
For the squeamish, this does have some nasty bits, and rather than being just gory detail, the inclusion does add to the story.
The 3 stars for story is from the distance of 2012 looking back, The writing style though as distinct from story would be a 4 or 5 star rating. Mc Dermid writes consistently well.
"Gripped by it!"
Fast paced and gripping this book about a nasty serial killer may not be for everybody but the plotting is excellent, the main characters believeable and McDermid certainly adds depth and appears to care about her characters such that we are drawn in by the key characters Tony Ill and Carol Jordan. A cracking story brilliantly narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes. If you like thrillers/crime fiction and are interested in psychological profiling and character development then you can't get much better than this.
"I love the series"
I started reading this series after seeing on t.v. As a fan of British Female detective stories (I also love Lynda LaPlante, Mo Hayder and others) this was right up my street. If that's your thing too, try it.
It does bug me that someone who doesn't like the fact they can't 'skip forward' rated this one star. If you don't like gritty serial killers mysteries - don't buy this book. Otherwise don't let that review put you off.
You know how it is when you desperately want a new author to add to your library, well Val McDermid was mentioned in conversation, so I thought I'd give him a go.
When I started to listen I realised I'd seen wire in the blood on tele, and had enjoyed it so that got me into it very quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed it, It was really well read and the plot was well put together. Plus I love it when all the ends are neatly tied up.
I could relate to all the characters, they were all believable. I can honestly say I'll be back for more
"Good story elevated by superb narration"
Young women mutilated and abused? Nothing new there but Val McDermid's excellent writing and some unexpected twists makes this a riveting listen. The character development is great as with all McDermid's books. The end is a little frustrating for crime devotees but I can't recommend this highly enough. If MTB had narrated the rest of the series they would already be in my basket!
"Excellent story and narration"
Thouroughly enjoyed the story which gripped me from the beginning only complimented by the narration. Well worth a listen
"Good crime drama and well read"
Unlike many other crime thrillers this book is not about "who done it" but rather how he is caught (the killer is revealed very early on) and focuses on psychology and forensics. I found that Michael Tudor Barnes did a great job reading it and managed to bring the characters to life and its a shame he didn't narrate all of the books in the series.
Very good story, tightly paced. Enjoyable twists and turns. The Jacko Vance character is quite something.
"Jacko Vance ? Jimmy Savile?"
This book was published in 1997 but seems topical 15 years later.
The psychopath, Jacko Vance, was a prominent TV personality considered a national treasure because of the vast sums he raised for (mostly) medical charities partly by running marathons, and the time he gave to hospital visiting and helping the porters etc.
Jacko chose underage adolescent girls as sex objects. In this story they were lured away so that most were simply classed as runaways by the police.Their dead bodies (necrophilia featured) were dismembrered and disposed of while Jacko helped the porters at the hospital incinerator.
Suspicions were not taken seriously because Jacko was generally considered almost saintly.
I do not want to spoil the story for new readers/listeners by giving too much away, but have to wonder whether Val McDermid had heard rumours about Savile and altered sufficient details to make her work non-libellous.
This is a gripping gritty thriller anyway, but I recommend it now for spotting similarities to current revellations.
I am left wondering about portering and hospital incinerators.
"Wire in the Blood"
I have read one Val McDermid book before and enjoyed it, but have just realised that reading (where you can skip) and listening are very different. I couldn't finish this book as the violence was too much for me.
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