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When Robbie Bishop, star midfielder for the Bradfield Vics, is poisoned by a rare and deadly toxin, profiler Dr Tony Hill and trusted colleague DCI Carol Jordan have their work cut out for them. Then a bomb explodes in the football stadium, causing massive casualties - and another man dies from poisoning. Is there a link between the cases? What are the motives for these crimes? The clock is ticking and the death toll keeps rising....

©2007 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The queen of British crime. […] McDermid is a consummate plotter so there are pleasing twists and turns in this first-rate story." (Observer)
"The Queen of serial killers in this country keeps her end up....few can scoop Val on throat-clutching narrative....Marvellous." (Daily Mail)

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  • colin clews
  • 11-24-15

good story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'm making my way through all of the Hill and Jordan series and i enjoyed the story but the very poor accents put on my the narrator really annoyed me and i'm now not sure about the the rest of the series now

What didn’t you like about Saul Reichlin’s performance?

very poor regional accents

If this book were a film would you go see it?

yes

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  • Dr. J. Crawford
  • 01-24-17

Good but spoilt by narrator

An unlikely plot but quite entertaining. Like many of this series it is spoilt by the reader. He sounds prim and elderly and poor old Saul just doesn't do accents (with possible exception of a rather comic, constipated scouse).

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  • A. Macgregor
  • 05-26-16

Not one of my favourites

To be honest the relationship between the two protagonists is starting to get a bit on my wick by this point!

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  • Susan
  • 10-29-17

Another intricate case

Val McDermid again teases the reader with complex and intertwined murder cases against the ongoing background of Tony and Carol's relationship. A page turner narrated well by Saul Reichlin - although the mispronounced Alnwick did bring me up short!

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  • lara fajeyisan
  • 08-23-17

Brilliant

loved it, the suspense was so good. Val definitely did not disappoint. I'll listen again in a year..... Yeah it was that good

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  • Miss L ttophi
  • 02-25-17

tony series

got all the wire in blood dvds so when found thses was very pleased good read well lision makes you think always good

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  • Becca
  • 01-19-17

a great book, shame about narrator

Fantastic and well written book as always by Val McDermid. Unfortunately, the narration completely ruined it. The accents were terrible, he made two of the characters (one of which was a woman) sound like Frank Spencer! Welsh accents sounded Indian and the others were completely indistinguishable. First time I've ever regretted buying an audible book.

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  • Emily
  • 11-27-16

Pity about the accents

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Saul Reichlin has read other things (millenium trilogy)brilliantly, but his accents in this were laughably awful, which really detracted from a typically gripping story from Val McDermid

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  • Alastair Davies
  • 09-12-16

Another great book

Can not wait to download the next book. The performance and story just can't be beaten.