Stunning new psychological thriller featuring Tony Hill, hero of The Wire in the Blood, from one of Britain's bestselling novelists: 'Val McDermid has become our leading pathologist of everyday evil! The subtle orchestration of terror is masterful' Guardian Clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan face the toughest challenge of their careers when they are confronted with an 'impossible' series of murders. Back in Bradfield after her traumatic experiences in Berlin, Carol is surprised to find Tony has followed her there to take up a post in the local secure mental hospital. When a prostitute is murdered in a particularly grotesque and stomach-churning way, she turns to him for help. Bizarrely, this killing matches in every detail a series of murders that took place a couple of years previously. A series of murders for which Derek Tyler was tried, convicted and sentenced. There has never been any doubt about his guilt. But now the ghost of his crimes has risen again. A second prostitute murder soon follows and the team are struggling. While Tony tries to crack Tyler, the police decide to mount an undercover operation that goes horribly wrong. The decoy is taken, presumably by the killer. As the tension mounts, a mixture of psychological insight and dogged detective work leads inexorably to a terrifying climax where Tony faces one of the most perverse killers he has ever encountered.
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Extraordinary Acclaim for Val McDermid:
"Cunningly plotted... McDermid administers the venom drop by drop... Individually the characters are sensitively drawn. Collectively, they present the inscrutable face of closed-off communities so terrified of change they would kill for peace."
-The New York Times Book Review on The Distant Echo
"If you still haven't absorbed the fact that Val McDermid is writing at the top of anyone's game, here's another chance to join the celebration. Her clean, crisp writing, especially about crime science, might just remind you of the early books of P.D. James."
"Ambitious... bone-chilling... McDermid has always been attuned to the ways in which the mystery novel can function as a work of social criticism."
-The Washington Post
Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She divides her time between Northumberland and Cheshire.
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