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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (27 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751551279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751551273
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The unforgettable, gripping new Tony Hill and Carol Jordan novel

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By davidT on 27 Aug. 2014
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This is a review of the audio version. I say that, because although the story was gripping, the narration was quite disconcerting. I couldn't tell if a character was supposed to be Scottish, Geordie or South African. A good try, but not quite there I'm afraid, so a star is lost just for the medium.
As regards the story - terrific almost all the way through, with great detailed character descriptions of the new people involved.
Just...I had sympathy for Paula's new DCI. You get clothing from a murder victim with an identifiable bloodstain, plus a mobile phone from a further victim carrying a fingerprint from the same person, and of course you haul them in, even if he's Tony Hill, consultant psychologist. Except that Tony Hill's girls (and they are all girls) cry 'No,that can't be true'and solve the case off their own bat, leaving egg on the DCI's face. Success or failure, I can't imagine any of them would have much of a future in any UK police force.
Apart from that - gruesome, but that's what we expect from Val McDermid. Chilling as well, which takes a lot more art - the details which emerge as to the culprit's upbringing and his father's marital arrangements leave you wondering about what happened to other characters apart from the main ones. As I said, it is a gripping story, but I felt that from the point where suspicion fell on the real culprit to the end, all the usual denouements involved in the tracing/following/capture were compressed into too small a space, as if the author felt taht enough pages had been written, so she should bring it to a close.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Pathak on 29 July 2014
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
Northern England has become a very scary place in several bestselling British crime writers' contemporary novels based on true events. David Peace's quartet which began with Nineteen Seventy Four (Red Riding Quartet, Book One) tells of police corruption set against a backdrop of the Yorkshire Ripper murders that occurred between 1975 and 1980. Scottish crime writer Val McDermid explores the she knows well... in her series of novels loosely grouped together as A WIRE IN THE BLOOD featuring hardboiled DCI Carol Jordan and eccentric psychological profiler Tony Hill. She bases her most infamous villain Jacko Vance on real-life Sir James Wilson Vincent Saville, an English television personality and charity fundraiser. A year after his death, Jimmy Saville was exposed as one of Britain's most prolific pedophiles and molester of underage girls; McDermid had interviewed Saville in 1977.

CROSS AND BURN is the eighth installment of the excellent Carol Jordan/Tony Hill series. At the end of the last disappointing installment The Retribution, this electrifying detective duo had severed both their personal and professional relationship. They are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives destroyed by Vance who had wreaked havoc after escaping from prison. Carol Jordan has resigned from the crack squad at Bradfield's Major Incident Team that she led and is gutting the restored barn where her brother Michael was slaughtered. Tony Hill is living on a houseboat after Vance burns the estate he inherited from his father that he had hoped to share with Carol.
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