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The Wire in the Blood (1997)

by Val McDermid

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I haven't read the first book in the series, so wasn't familiar with the main characters or the background. It was a enjoyable book though, although I did feel like they team had things a little bit too easy and clues etc fell into their laps a little unbelievably!

I'll certainly read more of this series, perhaps catching up on the first book before I get too far ahead... ( )
  Fluffyblue | Oct 19, 2013 |
The Wire In The Blood is the second novel in the Dr Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series by author Val McDermid. The pair have been separated since their last case. Dr Tony Hill is now busy setting up his new National Profiling Taskforce while Carol Jordan has been promoted to DCI and moved to the town of Seaford and is busy investigating what she believes is a serial arsonist. Tony Hill, meanwhile, sets his new recruits an exercise of trying to find common links between seemingly random missing persons cases. One of their number believes she finds a link and pursues the cause on her own.

This book was not as good as the first one.Read the full review here ( )
  thecrimescene | Sep 30, 2013 |
Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. Authorities are convinced they're runaways with just the bad luck of the draw to connect them. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find...

He's handsome and talented, rich and famous--a notorious charmer with the power to seduce...and the will to destroy. No one can believe what he's capable of. No one can imagine what he's already done. And no one can fathom what he's about to do next. Until one of Hill's students is murdered--the first move in a sick and violent game for three players. Now, of all the killers Hill and Jordan have hunted, none has been so ruthless, so terrifyingly clever, and so brilliantly elusive as the killer who's hunting them... ( )
  powertriangle | Mar 22, 2013 |
A perfectly readable ainddeed quite gripping police procedural - though technically about Home Office profilers rather than police per se. It has a gallery of believable characters, and - though there is no mystery, the identity of the killer is revealed at the beginning - it does keep you wanting to know what will happen next.

Given that it is all revealed early on, there is no harm in my writing that the villain is a show business personality with certain parellels to Jimmy Saville. I read the book just before the Saville revelations and I thought this a bit odd even then before the stories came out.

One now wonders if McDermid - one time tabloid eporter - was not producing some kind of roman-a-clef

(Of course non-one has yet said that Saville killed anybody.).
  GeorgeBowling | Jan 1, 2013 |
A gripping and fast moving murder mystery, that managed to be gripping even when you knew who the killer was from very early on. Well constructed and interesting to read, plenty of police intrigue, lots of driving around in the dark, glamorous and famous people and lots of bodies. Another good read from Val McDermid. ( )
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The trilling wire in the blood
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312983654, Mass Market Paperback)

Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. Authorities are convinced they're runaways with just the bad luck of the draw to connect them. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find...

He's handsome and talented, rich and famous--a notorious charmer with the power to seduce...and the will to destroy. No one can believe what he's capable of. No one can imagine what he's already done. And no one can fathom what he's about to do next. Until one of Hill's students is murdered--the first move in a sick and violent game for three players. Now, of all the killers Hill and Jordan have hunted, none has been so ruthless, so terrifyingly clever, and so brilliantly elusive as the killer who's hunting them...
 
Val McDermid's Wire in the Blood is "A superb psychological thriller" (Cosmopolitan).

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:22:16 -0400)

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Criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan look for a pattern in the disappearances of teenage girls across the country. Authorities are convinced the girls are runaways. Hill and Jordan have spent years exploring the psyches of madmen--but they know sane men kill, too. When one of Hill's students is murdered, it's the first move in a sick and violent game for three players. Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. Authorities are convinced they're runaways with just the bad luck of the draw to connect them. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find... He's handsome and talented, rich and famous--a notorious charmer with the power to seduce...and the will to destroy. No one can believe what he's capable of. No one can imagine what he's already done. And no one can fathom what he's about to do next. Until one of Hill's students is murdered--the first move in a sick and violent game for three players. Now, of all the killers Hill and Jordan have hunted, none has been so ruthless, so terrifyingly clever, and so brilliantly elusive as the killer who's hunting them.… (more)

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