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Cross and Burn (Tony Hill Book 8)

Cross and Burn (Tony Hill Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Val McDermid
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)

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Praise for "Cross and Burn" "McDermid is at the top of her form in this sizzling story. . . . You will not put this one down until the final sentence."--Margaret Cannon, "The Globe and Mail" "Pure reading joy! Welcome back, queen of crime Val McDermid."--Jane Crooks Britt, "The Florida Times-Union" ""Cross and Burn" is a gripping read on a number of levels. . . . Val is back in top form with this novel. Satisfying on many different levels."--"Deadly Pleasures" "Val McDermid's compulsively readable Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series finds a fresh hell to discover in her latest installment. . . . While McDermid is top of her class when it comes to writing intelligent, twisty, suspenseful thrillers, one of her strongest talents as a writer is her concern about relationships. . . . Completely absorbing. The way the characters are drawn so three dimensionally enriches every part of McDermid's novels. "Cross and Burn" is well worth the reading journey."--Robin Agnew, "Mystery Scene" "Hill and Jordan dominate as brilliantly as ever."--"The Times (Saturday Review)" (UK) "Connoisseurs of the crime novel will happily devour veteran thriller writer McDermid's masterful blend of crisp prose, complex characters, and relentless suspense."--Allison Block, "Booklist" (starred review) "Enthralling and engrossing, perfect in every way. . . . There is no good place to stop reading "Cross and Burn." The series . . . gets better and better. . . . Hill and Jordan, whether together or apart, are fascinating characters, and this latest installment of their lives is too good to miss--whether you've been along for the ride since the beginning or just jumped on the train."--Joe Hartlaub, ""Cross and Burn," the new Val McDermid novel, is the eighth title in her "Wire in the Blood" series featuring Tony Hill, the psychologically scarred forensic profiler, and DCI Carol Jordan. . . . What makes this series stand out is noth

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The unforgettable, gripping new Tony Hill and Carol Jordan novel

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1205 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802122043
  • Publisher: Sphere (10 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She divides her time between Northumberland and Cheshire

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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is a book of two halves: half is excellent as we follow the emotional fall-out of the past which has left Carol Jordan and Tony Hill both severely traumatised and alienated from each other and from the police force. In this part of the book, McDermid shows herself to be a sensitive, emotionally-intelligent writer with a fine streak of darkness running through her fictional world.

The other half is a run-of-the-mill psychopathic, misogynist serial-killer plot where, once again, we are shown a man who hates women and wants to re-make them into Stepford wives. The gratuitous sexual violence is sickening, and the plotting feels half-baked: it's obvious from the start who the perpetrator is because the clues are clumsily dropped and, apart from a single red-herring, there's no-one else it could be. The `investigation' is also all a bit pat, and leaves loose ends (the fingerprint on the phone?).

So this is like a very good book and a mediocre `me-too' one crushed together. I can't work out why McDermid falls back into the generic and derivative when she is clearly capable of so much better: a sop to her long-time fans? publisher pressure? who knows. But the contrast between the two halves demonstrate that she is a far better novelist than this book overall shows.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 April 2014
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As always Tony Hill discovers the truth like only he can!!!! Val McDermid at her very best. Cant wait for the next one
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3.0 out of 5 stars luke warm 18 Nov 2013
By dc66
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i could not wait to buy this book,but after reading it i felt rather let down.i found it to be rather boring to say the least.I could not wait to finish the book not because it was fab but to read another book,why i hear you say did you finish it.well the answer is easy,i did not won,t to waste £8.99 when buying the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winning Crime Thriller 1 Nov 2013
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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DCI Carol Jordan has given in her badge and been replaced with ambitious DCI Fielding. Her 'bagman', also a central character of the novel, is DS Paula MacIntyre from the Major Incident Team. Profile psychologist Tony Hill has become detached from detective work since the Jacko Vance killings of Carol's brother and his wife. Carol blames Tony who accepts his error of judgement. Grief and guilt have driven them apart. Val McDermid describes their individual feelings and predicaments beautifully, reflecting on aspects of their longstanding relationship. A serial killer is now on the loose. His victims bear a remarkable resemblance to Carol Jordan. His sadistic torture of his abducted women does not make for comfortable reading. After a friend of Paula's goes missing, Paula uses her initiative to investigate, crossing her new boss who is blinkered to recognising the obvious and following the suspicions of her colleagues that point to the likely killer who stands out early into the novel. Instead she takes a hard line backed up by forensic evidence that implicates the most unlikely suspect killer.

Earlier, Paula has called on Tony Hill for his help that has ramifications that draw Carol Jordan back into the mess that has occurred to try and unravel the misdirected murder inquiry. This is a thrilling page-turner of a novel. Paula McIntyre is easily warmed to as a character who is a committed professional also struggling with her personal life as opposed to DCI Fielding who is not one for admitting mistakes. The saga of Carol Jordan and Tony Hill may have taken a side step to the psychopathic murderer but their plight seemed better written and of more interest than the horrific crimes he committed. Where Val McDermid takes them from here is another matter. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as with most of this author's works.
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I really enjoyed this latest instalment in the Tony Hill series. The aftermath of the devastating events which rocked the lives of pretty much all the key members of Carol's murder squad at the end of the last book are well handled here, although you do have to suspend disbelief a little at Carol's unbending hostility towards Tony. Having said that, the interplay between the main characters is very good, as always, and McDermid's easy prose leads you effortlessly through what is quite a lengthy novel. As other reviewers have mentioned, the key plot is somewhat cliched and you almost feel it is taking second place to the personal trials and tribulations of the regular protagonists. As a result of this, you are really only going to get the best out of this book if you have read the ones that come before it.
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I was very disappointed with this latest 'Tony Hill' book. I feel that the author is running out of steam in this particular series. It seemed to have been written in a hurry rushing towards the inevitable end. I don't think that there was ever any doubt that Tony and Carol would come together again to carry on their peculiar platonic relationship. It will be interesting to see how the author finally ends this series - which must happen fairly soon I would think - regarding Tony and Carol. An impotent man and a woman approaching the end of her child-bearing years - how will this pan out? This will be the only reason I will read the next book in the series as the recent books do not match up to the early editions. What can match 'The Mermaids Singing? I think the answer is 'nothing'.
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