Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find.
He's handsome and talented, rich and famous - a notorious charmer with the power to seduce... and the will to destroy. No one can fathom what he's about to do next - until one of Hill's students is murdered. Now, of all the killers Hill and Jordan have hunted, none has been so ruthless, so terrifyingly clever, and so brilliantly elusive as the killer who's hunting them.
©1997 Val McDermid (P)1998 ISIS Publishing Ltd.
"Fine, intelligent, gripping." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A superb psychological thriller." (Cosmopolitan)
"Shocking... stunningly exciting, horrifyingly good." (Ruth Rendell)
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but I prefer to get her in print, where I can skim/skip the violent detail. I don't think Wire in the Blood is anywhere close to as gritty as Mermaids Singing (and that goes for the three subsequent in the series that I "read" with text-to speech or Kindle as well) - but I'm still too squeamish to hear a good narrator get into the minds and hands of her killers. I think, however, the violence is not gratuitous: She's speaks to the violence done unto the vulnerable in our world, and how, as Alice Miller would say "All evil is reactive." I prefer that served up in a Soc text. but along the way she weaves such good stories, and her Tony Hill and Carol Jordan characters are anything but cookie-cutter cops. During each novel, I thought I'd read no more from her, but I found myself going back to the series for the story and characters. I'm getting adept with the fast-forward function, as much as skipping pieces of a book go against the grain for me.
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In the top 15%, If you consider when it was written, it would be a lot higher. It was the first Val Mcdermid book I ever read and has lead to a long and happy succession of others.
The twists and turns of the plot.
Does the characters very well, and kept the impetus of the story going.
I do find Dr. Hill's comment very worth a chuckle now and again, sort of a deadpan, grave humor, no pun intended.
I liked Beneath the Bleeding best
Good voice for such graphic material
Yes and BBC has made an excellent adaptation with Robson Green
For once the videos are easier on the mind than the books. First two books leave nothing to the imagination regarding gory details.
A popular TV personality is killing fans — revealed right at the start. The cops can't believe the beloved star could possibly do such a thing. Meanwhile, a group of smart cops are brought together to train with profiler Tony Hill and a serial arsonist is at work in detective Carol Jordan's jurisdiction. Everything ties together. An excellent example of the serial killer crime procedural, with subtle commentary on celebrity and gender politics. Bechdel test: pass.
The narrator is excellent.
This is an awesome series. I loved the BBC TV show named after this book and I love the books even more. They are really dark and the violence is a bit over the top but they leave you a bit breathless in your race to find out what's going to happen next.
Unfortunately, I just looked for the next book in the series only to find that the next TWO are unabridged.
Audible - please, please get these books reproduced in their entirety!
The narration was an outstanding feature of this story. MTB revels in the psychopathy that is Jacko Vance. He lingers over the details of Vance's crimes like Hannibal Lector reading his favorite story. Yet, he has very distinct and realistic characterizations of Carol and Tony. Intricate psychological police procedural brought to life - VMD's interpretation of Jacko's sociopathy is frighteningly real.
I liked Jacko Vance. He was such a complete illustration of a sociopath, reveling in his power and his duplicity. He had such complete confidence in himself and his ability to manipulate people. I also enjoy the evolution of the relationship between Tony and Carol. She is intelligent and ambitious, yet the author avoids the usual, tired traps of making her do stupid things because of her connection with Tony. They are able to focus on work, and take the reader through the intricacies of evidence vs theory, etc. with an attention to detail that doesn't bog the reader down, and keeps the story moving.
Because of the intricacy of the plots, it can be a bit rough going at the beginning of the story, but stick with it - These books are a wonderfully entertaining series.
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 5 and the remainder 4s but for me they all come very close to 5 stars. I highly recommend this series for extended reading.
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