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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Gold Dagger Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Val McDermid pens mysteries heralded on both sides of the Atlantic. In Beneath the Bleeding, Dr. Tony Hill must make sense of the perplexing death of a soccer star—but the footballer’s demise is only a prelude to greater violence.

©2009 Val McDermid (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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“McDermid is as smooth a practitioner of crime fiction as anyone out there.” (New York Times Book Review)

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  • Mark
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 06-27-14

Not as gruesome as some in series

Another wonderful entry in McDermid's series about psychological profiler Tony Hill, who is hospitalized throughout much of the book after being hit with an ax by a patient, and detective chief inspector Carol Jordan, who is faced with the case of a star soccer player being poisoned and evidence suggesting there might be a terrorism angle. This one isn't as gruesome as some of the other books because it's not about a sexual sociopath. But if the plot sounds boring — and it does to me — it's interesting in its look at terrorism security, poisonous plants and soccer fandom. It does discuss the endings of the first and fourth books but not so explicitly that it would ruin reading them after this, but the characters will resonate more if you start earlier. Bechdel test: A+.

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Great listen for fans of the Series.

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I'm a fan of the TV series and found the audio books to be even better in that they were allowed to go into more detail. The characters were many faceted and not always predictable. Beneath the Bleeding in particular struck a chord with me and I listened to it several times.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great 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 4 but for me they all come very close to 5 stars. I highly recommend this series for extended reading. I like Doyle's narration generally but in this one book he was not at his best--he does well in the others in this series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Val McDermid + Gerard Doyle = A great combination

Val McDermid's Carol Jordan/Tony Hill series is first-rate, like her other writings.

Gerard Doyle's narration is superb.

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The series has had better.

I think this was a lesser entry in the Carol & Tony saga, but the reader certainly didn't help. Midway through, I began to wonder if these books were just better when read instead of heard, but I don't think it was entirely that. The story itself was a bit clunky, and I realized there was more tell than show than I remembered from previous volumes. The dialogue was lacking and the mysteries felt half-hearted. It's as if the story part of the book got lost in its own politics. There were also a number of threads and asides that never went anywhere, which was distracting. Overall, I'd say this was a middling effort for this author, but I'm hoping for a return to form with the next book. It wasn't horrible. I just expected better.

Now, as for the reader - I have to say that my enjoyment of the book was very much so impacted by the reader. His pacing was odd. It felt like, at times, he just rushed from paragraph to paragraph with no break, which made the material seem disjointed. He also had that odd cadence where his inflection peaked in the middle of the sentence, making each one sound as if it was climbing a hill. He'd start in a normal tone, jump up a little higher (in the way one does when the sentence becomes a question by inflection only), then wind back down to normal. Something about the way he read some of the characters, Carol in particular, made them come off as quite whiny. At the same time, he was also very flat. I'll give him this - he did a pretty decent job with some of the accents.

In sum, there are better books in this series. If you've never read any of them, certainly do not start with this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Rock Hill, Seychelles
  • 06-10-10

Very Good

I thought the narrator did a very good job and made the book even more enjoyable.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Nearly stopped listening halfway through

Halfway through this audiobook, I almost quit listening. I found it boring and slow-paced. I knew this was a series, but didn't think it would matter much that I wasn't familiar with these characters. I figured I'd get into it, but never did. I thought these characters were too one-dimensional. Maybe if I had started the series from the beginning that I'd think differently, but after this book, I'll move on from this author. Storyline: boring; Characters: one-dimensional and weak; Narrator: annoying

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • christy
  • Plano, TX, United States
  • 03-15-16

one storyline was enough

The character development is nice, but with 2 big storylines....too many characters. The narrator was good, but did not vary vlmuch between characters. Was that Carol or Paula? Unless the author notes it, you may miss it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not up to McDermid's Standards

Too contrived and inauthnic sub-plot. Cause and effect incongruent. Author's incredible foresight of events could have been ripped out of todays headlines. She's a great storyteller.

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  • Jane
  • Wallingford, CT, United States
  • 01-04-13

Great read

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Plot had a lot of secrets revealed

What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

He formed the characters in a seamless manner

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

There are more than one way to slice a terrorist.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful