Up until now the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one's different - this one's on the loose. Four men have been found mutilated and tortured. As fear grips the city, the police turn to clinical psychologist Tony Hill for a profile of the killer. But soon Tony becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills, where he has to use every ounce of his professional nerve to survive.
©1995 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"Terrifying but stylish and compassionate! Truly, horribly good." (Mail on Sunday)
"Gripping, intelligent stuff." (The Times)
I love the TV Series "Wire In The Blood" starring Robson Green based on Val's books in this series. Neither versions disappoint ...far from it but this book is a masterpiece read brilliantly by a great narrator. Highly recommended.
I really enjoyed this book having read (listened) many many crime thrillers before not expecting anything extraordinary. I was pleasantly surprised - the story hooked me right from the start, the characters were well developed and the "who's done it" was complemented with a great explanation why. I will definitely download more books in these series.
This cracking story was completely ruined by the narrator. His reading of narrative is wooden, his accents are completely unconvincing, and his reading of dialogue us absolutely terrible - particularly female characters. I have hundreds of audiobooks and this is the only one I have abandoned due to the narration.
"Fab story ruined by narrator."
Love this author and indeed the whole Tony Hill series. It's such a shame that this is ruined by the narrator.
Wrong narrator, not a lot of feeling in his voice or range come to that. Ruined it for me I'm afraid.
This is the first in a major series so no need to go back just yet. Maybe in a few years.
The evolving relationship of the main characters and the senior police issues were handled quite well.
The main characters in this book are in the 20-50 age range yet everyone sounded like they were in their 70's. I found it hard to picture the characters as I should as the voices did not portray this very well the differentiation was minimal at times.
It is a bit too long for that but the last few hours did fly by.
This is a good story with good characters, I wasn't a huge fan of the ending though.
"Awful, awful narration..."
I really tried with this but the narration was so bad it was almost insulting. He manages to make all the characters sound like simpletons and the breathy, childlike characterisation of the lead female character (a police detective) is beyond dreadful. I perservered as long as possible to overcome the narration but less than half way through I had to admit defeat...
"Good ( if a little too gory) book but terrible narration"
Enjoyed this book, although I found the explicit sex scenes and graphic descriptions of torture a bit distasteful. The plot is good and the tension built dramatically , and pleasingly, throughout the book. The thing that spoiled this book for me, however, was the narrator. He didn't seem to have a grip of any regional accent, his Geordie accent sounded Welsh, and his Scottish accent was frankly appalling! His awful attempts ruined the story for me, and I found listening quite painful at times.
I enjoyed the story very much but found some of the narrator's accents a bit odd!
"Story ok, pity about the narrator."
The story was quite good if somewhat dated and very un PC.
The narrator was terrible. The baddy should be a young man yet sounds about 70. The breathy voice he used for the female lead was just awful to the point of annoying.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book but found the narrator's accents a little irritating. However, this didn't spoil it for me. Val McDermid is such a great writer.
Have read this excellent book. Audible version poor and only listened to beginning
The story as read
Narration too slow and pedantic. Terrible - spoils it - returning
"Gory but good"
I have read this series in an odd order so thought I should read the first book in the series! I enjoyed it as it sets out how they all came to work together. I usually enjoy Saul Reichlin's narration but his Gordie accent in this one is shocking!
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