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Beneath the Bleeding (2007)

by Val McDermid

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This is the fifth book from the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan serie. It's a very gripping British crime mystery. Tony Hill who is a profiler, has been attacked and seriously wounded by an inmate of the mental institution. After the surgery he has to stay in the hospital and he felt rather bored of his immobility.
In the meantime different mysteries are taking place. On the one hand famous rich people are dieing of being poisoned and on the other hand a bomb detonated in the local football stadium. Carol Jordan and her team have got their hands full and a special team has taken them away the bombing case. Carol and her team won't give away the case so easily and therefore have to investigate it secretly. In the meantime Tony tries to help from the hospital bed and is very often doing his own thing because Carol won't believe in his guts feeling. But without Tony's doggedness Carol couldn't have solved all mysteries.
It was a fast-paced reading and it let me guess until the very last page. ( )
  Ameise1 | Feb 1, 2014 |
Great, great book. Two mysteries solved by Hill and Jordan. Poisonings and bomb explosion at soccer stadium. ( )
  velopunk | Jan 2, 2014 |
I loved this. It was like reading a very good, and long version of a CSI episode. A famous footballer falls dead in the hospital and it turns out to be poison. This leads the detectives and the profiler of the local UK police force on a merry chase as more dead bodies show up. I'll have to read more of these now. ( )
  stuart10er | Nov 5, 2013 |
Very readable even though the plot is implausible. ( )
  livrecache | Jul 20, 2012 |
Cracking plot, with many twists and turns which keeps you guessing. ( )
  edwardsgt | May 2, 2012 |
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Beneath the bleeding hands we feel

The sharp compassion of the healer's art

From Four Quartets: 'East Coker'

T S Eliot
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This one is for the members of the wedding, who helped to create the best of memories.
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The phases of the moon have an inexplicable but incontrovertible effect on the mentally ill.
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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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Detective and mystery stories. The terrifying new psychological thriller featuring Tony Hill, criminal profiler and hero of TV's Wire in the Blood.

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