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Fever of the Bone (Tony Hill Book 6)

Fever of the Bone (Tony Hill Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Val McDermid
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So gripping that it puts your life on hold (The Times)

She is the real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers; no-one can plot or tell a story like she can. The hairs on my neck literally stood up (Jenni Murray, Daily Express)

McDermid remains unrivalled at yoking chilling scenarios to a pulsing narrative; and Hill's torment is palpable in this scary, dark thriller. Brilliant (Observer)

Everything a great detective novel should be: pacy, gripping, clever and stylish and, most of all, a fantastic read (Sunday Express)

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Tony Hill and Carol Jordan make a nail-biting return

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (3 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,564 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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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding crime fiction 6 Sep 2009
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
I haven't read a Val McDermid book before but was most impressed by this. While there is clearly a cast of characters here that have been built up through a series of other adventures, this doesn't prevent the reader from soon picking up the personalities and the relationships lying between them.

At first sight, there's nothing unusual about the cold cases being investigated by DCI Carol Jordan and her elite investigation unit - only difficulties and impediments put in her way be a new Chief Constable who wants to shake things up a bit in the Bradfield police force. Soon however their talents are called upon in the case of a serial killer case who after much preparation and grooming of young teenagers on an Internet Social Networking site, has just started to draw his victims in and execute them, his motives a complete mystery. With profiler Tony Hill out-of-bounds under the new regime and having some personal issues of his own to deal with, Carol Jordan and her team need to be a bit more creative than usual.

The serial killer element may not initially appear to be particularly original, nor the manner in which the police procedural elements of the investigation are clearly laid out, but McDermid's writing makes this compelling reading, taking the time to lay-out the personalities of the victims, their parents and their lives, and making the damage done so much more intense than that of anonymous discovered mutilated bodies. The police procedural aspects are brilliantly drawn, showing the political pressures as well as the barriers in place that prevent effective cooperation between police forces of different regions (the author in the process nailing regional characteristics well). All this just adds to the intensity of the drama.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hill-Jordan Formula:One to savour 20 Sep 2009
Fourteen years after the first, this is the sixth in the highly successful series fronted by clinical psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Tony Hill alongside his friend DCI Carol Jordan, and accordingly it is the sixth to take its title from an extract of a T.S. Eliot poem, thereby having little more than an ambiguous relevance to the story itself. In summary, a serial killer in the fictitious Yorkshire city of Bradfield is being pursued, one who targets teenagers after grooming them on-line. Broadly speaking it is a tale that sticks fairly rigidly to procedural police teamwork but by-passes the traditional forensic elements, so as usual there is a minimum of slicing and dicing in the morgue a la Gerritsen, Reichs or Cornwell moulds. Instead the development of the characters in Carol Jordan's hand-picked team of detectives plays a key role, together with their long-term consultant and trusted colleague Dr Hill.

As a story and plot, Fever of the Bone feels like a combination of a throwback to proven methods from earlier and successful Hill-Jordan novels combined with some conspicuous details that suggest that the author has made a conscious attempt to rejuvenate the brand with some teen-prose and text-speak that should make the finished product feel more up-to-date. Anyone new to McDermid won't notice this of course, but for the many fans with bulging McDermid bookcases who will be loyally buying this latest offering, a 'whatever' here and an 'innit' there might seem just slightly out of kilter to what has gone before, and while teenagers do use such vocabulary of course, the author herself seems to have wandered - knowingly and deliberately - into a territory that has the potential to draw ridicule from those that are familiar with her previous twenty-two novels.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She just keeps getting better 1 Oct 2009
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Since previous reviews go in to so much detail, i will be brief and to the point.
Having read everything that Val Mcdermid has written i am surprised by only one thing.The author just gets better and better. Quite amazing as she has written twenty-six books to date.

This book is a page turner. Superbly written and even though we are familiar with the characters we just want to get more and more of them. Val brings in a new profiler as the big wigs want to cut down on expenses. A complete waste of time. Tony is is the best so let's stick with him !

So in conclusion, if this is your first foray into Val's books you won't be disappointed. If,like me you are just a loyal fan, then i say that Fever of the Bone is up there with the best of her novels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return to form 16 Jan 2010
By Sarah A. Brown VINE VOICE
I thought Val McDermid's last Hill/Jordan book, `Beneath the Bleeding', was comparatively disappointing. One Amazon reviewer noted that it seemed to have been written on autopilot and I think that was a fair observation - it was an entertaining read but completely lacked the dark, brooding intensity of the first novels in the series. `Fever of the Bone' represents a welcome return to form. The atmosphere isn't as murky and tortuous as the earlier Tony Hill books perhaps but it's certainly an unusually rich, thoughtful and absorbing detective story. It doesn't have the power of `The Mermaids Singing' but it's really well paced and plotted and the characters are deftly drawn. Although the murders are gruesome and upsetting it's a bit less nasty than some of the earlier novels - it's in some ways a more straightforward police procedural than these, closer to, say, Stephen Booth or Peter Robinson in tone. Setting aside the fact that four teenagers are brutally murdered, there's actually some warmth and humour in `Fever of the Bone' - McDermid is being a bit kinder to her regular characters than she sometimes has been in the past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read.
Another of Val McDermid's excellent crime thrillers, following the exploits of Dr Tony Hill, criminal profiler, and DCI Carol Jordan, as they keep on with their partnership,... Read more
Published 1 day ago by jack russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good product.
Published 8 days ago by N A
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down!
I was given this book by my mother in law as I throughly enjoy a good crime novel. I had never heard of Val McDermid before so I was looking forward to a new author and a good book... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chloe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Great Author, could not put down once started, great book but not for the faint hearted, Tony Hill is a brilliant character
Published 2 months ago by Zagaboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and addictive
I read this after Wire in the Blood and loved both books equally. A very easy read that I couldn't put down and the interaction between the characters is wonderful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mandi
3.0 out of 5 stars better plot than Torment of the others
I start to think that Tony/Carol's storyline is getting bit exhausted. The author doesnt want to kill of anyone them, nor she wills to jform them finally into a couple as both... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ruthiel
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I bought this as a gift for my grandmother who had recently commented on how much she liked another book by the same author. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sophie
4.0 out of 5 stars a welcome return for Tony Hill
McDermid creates such believable characters that you slip into a new book in this series almost seamlessly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Katherine Pathak
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Didn't want to stop reading! Great TV casting too, perfect when reading, to picture the actors chosen for the series.
Published 3 months ago by Lindzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I cannot put these books down -read two in one week - who needs housework? Can't wait for the next publication - well done Val McDermid.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Beevor
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