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The torment of others [compact disc] : a novel
Val McDermid
Adult Fiction MCDERMI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

British author McDermid, whose The Wire in the Blood has become the best of actor Robson Greer's omnipresent TV outings, has published most recently a gripping stand-alone, The Distant Echo (2003). Now she continues her engrossing series about criminal psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and his police colleague, DCI Carol Jordan (who made their debut in 1996's The Mermaids Singing), in a beautifully constructed, impeccably written story about an apparent copycat killer. McDermid takes this not exactly virginal supposition and literally turns it on its head. Two years earlier, strong forensic evidence put serial killer Derek Tyler behind bars in a mental hospital. Now Hill is sure that against all logic Tyler has committed a new murder in the same way as his old ones. The more he and Jordan dig, the more impossible the connection appears. But Hill refuses to swallow the obvious that someone is imitating Tyler's modus operandi-and McDermid's swelling legions of enthusiasts will share his bafflement. A finalist for the CWA's 2004 Gold Dagger Award, this fresh, imaginative psychological thriller should help win the author many new fans in the U.S. Agent, Jane Gregory (U.K.). Author tour. (June 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this novel, McDermid pits detective chief inspector Carol Jordan and Dr. Tony Hill against an apparent copycat serial killer. As a clinical psychologist and criminal profiler, Tony says that this type of copycat crime is impossible, but this would mean the Bradfield police have locked up the wrong man. The award-winning author continues to keep this series (e.g., The Mermaids Singing) interesting through developing the relationships among the characters and providing nonstop action and edge-of-the-seat suspense. Gerard Doyle's narration is superb. McDermid proves that British authors are familiar with the violent world of serial crimes and can certainly write gripping and entertaining psychological thrillers. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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