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Beneath the Bleeding by Val McDermid

Beneath the Bleeding (2007)

by Val McDermid

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Series: Tony Hill/Carol Jordan (5)

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DCI Carol Jordan is barely holding it together, as she comes back to work on the police force and becomes involved in the investigation of the mysterious death of Brandford's most famous footballer. In a parallel case, we also follow someone who is planning a bombing.
Tony, badly injured from an attack suffered at work, throws himself as much as he is able, back into work from his hospital bed. We also meet his truly ghastly mother, which gives an insight into Tony's childhood.
Carol doesn't feel he's up to his best and they go through a testing time in their professional and personal relationship. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
Way better than the previous title in the series, far more interesting plots - a series of poisonings and a bombing that isn't quite what it seems. And we get to meet Tony's mother, the bitch from hell. ( )
  mlfhlibrarian | Dec 4, 2015 |
Another outing for Tony Hill & Carol Jordan - gripping read entwining 2 investigations - the hunt for a serial poisoner and the other for what at first appears to be a terrorist but is not as it seems. ( )
  sianpr | Nov 1, 2015 |
great writing, interesting characters (there are a lot of them but they're all very distinctive), good plot. i really enjoyed this. i also liked how relevant it was, although i guess a lot of authors writing this type of thing do that. not quite "ripped from the headlines" but something along those lines.

i didn't buy the storyline that tony hill's theory on the murder(s) was crazy. seemed like the most plausible thing from the moment it occurred to him, and so all the pushback carol and her team gave him didn't ring true at all to me. that was a little annoying since it didn't fit with the rest of the book. there was also a little more referring back to previous books in the series (i am assuming that was what was going on) that - as a first time reader of this author and series - i didn't think added anything to this story and so should have (maybe just could have?) been taken out.

i very much liked that the publishers left this british. the spellings and the language and some of the slang wasn't americanized, and i appreciated that, even when i didn't know exactly what was meant.

i also really liked that she subtly played a lot with gender stereotypes. most of the doctors were women, a nurse was male, many of the higher up people were women. it was irrelevant to the story but it's nice for an author to put in that many smart and accomplished women, even when they are only there for a paragraph and don't necessarily even have a name. and speaking of stereotyping, i also really liked that everyone of course assumed that just because the bomber was muslim that this was a terrorist act, and that it was nothing of the sort. and that the people who made those assumptions happened to also be complete assholes was a nice touch, too.

and that some of the characters are incidentally gay, and it matters not at all, is well handled. i liked that.

i like her writing a lot. it was smart, pretty tight, and funny in spots. i've been wanting to read her for a while and i'll definitely be reading more of her in the future.

in retrospect, it really didn't make a lot of sense when you tracked back that aziz did that bombing just for love. he kept saying things like "it's the only way" or "his family would have to understand once it happened" and things like that, that make no sense in the context of wanting to be with the woman he loved. i'm glad it wasn't terrorism, but she didn't execute that as well as she needed to. but still, i liked this a lot and am interested in reading more by her. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Jun 16, 2015 |
What are the odds? I checked out seven books last week. Two of the mysteries had the same problem (human trafficking), and this book has the same poison used in one of the cozies.

On the other hand, Beneath the Bleeding is nothing like the cozy. Our heroine, DCI Carol Jordan, and our hero, psychologist and criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill, are faced with two murder mysteries. One of the mysteries involves poison and the other is a mass murder that sees DCI Jordan and her team shunted aside by some arrogant government men in black who have had all the manners trained out of them. One of them isn't a complete jerk, but I agreed with the author's assessment of what their heavy-handed methods were likely to induce in those unfortunate enough to encounter them. A conversation about the effect a British TV show called 'Spooks' might have on viewers regarding the actions of real life intelligence agents was quite interesting.

The book opens with the scene that leads to Dr. Hill being in the hospital. There he is dismayed to be visited by his mother, Vanessa, a cold businesswoman who has two reasons to be at his bedside, neither of which is to help him. Carol Jordan is a much more welcome visitor, but she's not buying Dr. Hill's theories, perhaps because she's so angry about the way the men in black are treating her and her team. Still, Tony manages to get around her lack of cooperation and she does save him from his mother more than once.

The misdirection going on is considerably more than adequate. I also appreciated what we got to see of the mass murderer's thoughts before he joined that despicable 'club'. I wonder if he would have done it had he known how overly optimistic he was about the effect his deed would have on his family.

Did I like this book? Another Dr. Hill mystery is already been requested from my library.

By the way, 'Sufficient unto the day,' something Tony Hill is thinking late in the book, is short for 'Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof', which is from the King James translation of the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, verse 34.

Also, I can't agree with the opening line of Beneath the Bleeding, because I read more than one article debunking it when I was a medical librarian. ( )
  JalenV | Apr 13, 2015 |
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McDermid captures the essence of literary crime fiction in Beneath the Bleeding. The mysterious, lingering demise of a healthy sports figure is but the beginning of a drama that includes a series of suspicious deaths, a possible terrorist act, the inner workings of Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan's Major Incidents Team and the profiling of Dr. Tony Hill, a psychologist. That there is a certain personal tension between Jordan and Hill only adds to the sophistication of the plot. In any case, the English love their football; when Robbie Bishop is felled and succumbs days later, scrutiny turns immediately to an early resolution in the face of heightened public interest.

Meanwhile, at Bradfield Moor Secure Hospital, a crafty inmate avoids his meds, veering into a religious-inspired rampage, chasing Dr. Hill with an axe. The result is a sidelined profiler who spends the majority of the Bishop case in serious pain, his work ethic driving Dr. Hill from a morphine fugue to active participation in a very unusual investigation. McDermid combines an outrageous series of crimes in a contemporary environment- a poisoning, suspicious activities and a random act of violence- the combination causing the now-predictable outcry of terrorism. As the Counter Terrorism Command rolls into action, taking over DCI Jordan's department, the nuances of the cases are lost in the fury.
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