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The seventh book in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.

There is one serial killer who has shaped and defined police profiler Tony Hill's life. One serial killer whose evil surpasses all others. One serial killer who has the power to chill him to the bone: Jacko Vance.

And now Jacko is back in Tony's life. Even more twisted and cunning than ever before, he is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony - and DCI Carol Jordan - for the years he has spent in prison.

Tony doesn't know when Jacko will strike, or where. All he knows is that Jacko will cause him to feel fear like he has never known before - and devastate his life in ways he cannot imagine...

©2011 Val McDermid (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Brilliant...sensational...unforgettable." (Guardian)

"The queen of crime is still at the top of her game." (Independent)

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SAUL REICHLIN RULES!

A great yarn once again but the narrator made it for me. I could listen to him read a directory!

A great buy.

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Wonderful return to Carol & Tony ...

Really enjoyed this return to the continuing saga of Tony & Carol, with a few ghastly murders and human destruction thrown in for good measure!

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Loved this book and cannot wait for more

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Reads with great voices and does not rush his story telling

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Hey sorry

About to begin book 8 , the 7 before were so good too,sorry for late review I was just to busy listening to the next books already

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  • derek sullvan
  • 05-07-2018

Extremely disappointing

There were a number of occasions when I wanted to send this book back. I have read many of her books and watched all of the series regarding Tony Hill. This is the first book I’ve been disappointed with. The two parallel plots were unconnected and therefore the second plot involving the working girl killer was pointless. It didn’t have a successful ending either. Just came to a grinding halt.

The author spends an inordinate amount of time going into the psychological backgrounds of too many lesser characters. The hunt for Vance didn’t really have any impetus. It wasn’t dynamic. It didn’t have you page turning. Of course I wanted Vance to get his just desserts which was the only reason I got to the end. I don’t think he did get his true punishment. That would have been Carole arresting him and seeing him go down. For Tony’s mother to see Vance off was a poor ending.

Regards the narration. All the different characters had the same voice. There was no feeling of a new character or a female character. Ive read a number of Michael Connely books and the narrator manages to distinguish between male and female characters without talking in a high pitch voice. He does it with texture of voice. This narrator was all harsh voices.

I also got pretty tired of the sexuality angle being in so many characters within the book. I am not being anti here, I just think it was overkill and was the authors own personna being portrayed too often.

I couldn’t wait to finish the book but I was a really dull ending.

First book from 7 I’ve sent back.

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  • Judith
  • 08-11-2011

Excellent listen

A couldn't stop listening title! I was listening to it constantly to the annoyance of my children! It was gripping, well written and narrated. I have never listened to or read any others in this series although I had watched the TV series and only bought it because it was on offer. It turned out to be a much better choice than my chosen title

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  • Mrs. V. J. Port
  • 01-10-2011

Mesmerising

As usual, Val McDermid piles on the agony and manages to keep you guessing. The sudden ending stopped me in my tracks. It is a very sombre book overall, and leaves one hoping for a little more compassion for poor old Tony next time around! I have to say that I think the narrator, although good at the narrative parts, fell down when it came to the voices of the characters. Carol in particular sounded like a gruff, asthmatic middle aged man.

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  • M. Clay
  • 02-09-2020

Grisly and vile

As in many in this series McDermid goes far into the realms of vile murderous acts. This story should carry a warning.

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  • Carrie
  • 12-01-2012

excellent

I have read all of Val McDermids books - they are all brilliant but this one is her best yet - I was gripped from start to finish - well recommend this one - my only regret was when I finished it.

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  • Michelle
  • 14-10-2011

Gripping Thriller

Val McDermid does not let her fans down in the latest Carol Jordan and Tony Hill thriller. It is well written, gripping and I couldn't stop listening. The narrator does a good job and has a great voice for the relentlessly grim nature of this book. Not sure if his character voices are completely convincing but I did get used to that. I do have a few issues that have stopped me giving this 5 stars- found the two different storylines slightly disjointed and wasn't happy with the development of Carol and Tony's relationship. Despite this, a highly recommended listen

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  • Elinor Dashwood
  • 22-06-2012

Narrator kills the book

I'm about 2/3rds through this one but I'm giving up because I can't stand listening to the narrator. I have heard him before, narrating South African author Deon Meyer's books and although I found it torture, I could at least understand the rationale behind using him to narrate a South African book.
But why on earth use someone with such a heavy SA accent to narrate a book set in England?
His female voices, in particular, are horrible.

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  • Jill
  • 21-09-2011

Gripping!

It was great to take another mindtrip into the tortuous brain of Jacko Vance as the team struggle to stop him on his rampage. Fast-paced, lots of twists and turns, everything that I would expect from a Tony Hill book by this author. True, no happy endings (yet), but I continue to hope! It had me listening at every opportunity!

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  • Mrs Valda R Chapman
  • 06-07-2020

Mundane at Best

from beginning to end I didn't know whether to ask for my money back or just plough on and get it over and done with. In the end I was lazy and stuck with it. The storyline was not only far fetched but quite silly to boot. The plot was weak and the narrator was the wrong choice for the book. I could go on but I'm going to stop there as I hate being negative, it feels wrong, unfortunately so did the book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-06-2013

As good as expected

I like Val's work anyway, but this is an exciting story with some twists and turns along the way leading to the nail biting end. You know in your head that the heroes will survive but you get so involved that your heart fears they won't.

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  • Effie
  • 16-06-2012

Fantastic

The best yet....please churn another Tony Hill book soon, Val. I am hooked! Saul Reichlin is the best narrator...better than Vari Sylvester (sorry Vari)

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