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V. L. McDermid
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3 Nov 2003

Hostage to Murder, the long-awaited sixth Lindsay Gordon mystery, is a lightning-paced story spliced with crackling action and an intense emotional dimension.

Spraining an ankle is rarely a stroke of luck, but for Lindsay Gordon, jobless in Glasgow, the injury is her introduction to young freelance journalist Rory McLaren and the opening of a new chapter in her life. Rory's invitation to work alongside her in her booth at the Cafe Virginia is irresistible. From there it is just a short step to political corruption and other juicy stories – all welcome distractions from Lindsay's problems at home, where her long-term lover Sophie has decided to heed the ticking of her biological clock and get pregnant. But when a local car-dealer's stepson is kidnapped, Lindsay and Rory are invited to trade journalism for detection. The trail leads them to St Petersburg and a dangerous snatch-back operation. It's a journey that brings a whole new dimension of risk into Lindsay's life. Back in Glasgow, it becomes clear that Lindsay and Rory have stumbled into a bigger, more violent piece of business than either of them could have guessed – and one which will test Lindsay to her absolute limits.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (3 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007173490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007173495
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,846 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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‘Tough, exciting, moody and unpredictable’ The Times

‘Neatly constructed and splendidly sarcastic’ Daily Telegraph

‘The writing is tough and colourful, the scene setting excellent’ Times Literary Supplement

‘There are wisecracks galore and the whole ends on a high note. This is terrific fun’ Independent

‘McDermid not only keeps you guessing but keeps you interested’ Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

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 is now a full-time writer and lives in South Manchester.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Read 31 Jan 2004
Val McDermid's Hostage to Murder is a really good read. The whole series has a life and vitality to it that is not easy to find. Each book is fresh and non-repetitive unlike many of the 'series' books that seem to be churned out robotically rather than by an author like Val McDermid who not only cares about her characters but also cares about her readers.
Lindsay Gordon is a great lead character and for me at least one of her most endearing characteristics is to act first and perhaps think about the consequences later + she doesn't always get it right. Hostage to Murder is fast paced to begin with and picks up speed page by page. The inclusion of a family member in a pivotal role is brilliant and adds to the realism that this excellent book gives to the reader. As a paperback original Hostage to Murder is a bargain. Actually with the amount you save versus a hardback you could buy at least another 2 of the series !! It would be money well spent.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great to have Lindsay back again 29 Dec 2003
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Although from the ending i get the distinct feeling that McDermid has written this as an end-of-the-line book for Lindsay Gordon, this one is as strong as the rest in the series, and anyone who likes the Lindsay Gordon books would be well advised to pick Hostage to Murder up. (If you're not an established fan already, though, you may do well to start at the beginning, with Report for Murder, otherwise this may well not quite be for you...)
It's not a typical murder-mystery book this time, more of a thriller. After returning from her life in America, shortly after getting a job as a freelancer Lindsay finds herself in the middle of a kidnapping - of a child by his estranged father. This leads to all sorts of shennanigins, including a dangerous snatch-back operation which will take Lindsay and her partner all the way to the frozen north, St Petersburg, which McDermid renders admirably.
This is a well-written, enjoyable book. It's not as "major" as her other works, such as A Place of Execution, Killing the Shadows, or her Tony Hill series, but it is still very very enjoyable. Lindsay is good company, and there are some great developments in her personal life with this book - if this is indeed the end, I shall be sad to see her go. (p.s. I am sure that the "insemination scene", as i cal it, will go down in history!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome return for Lindsay Gordon 14 Dec 2003
By A Customer
It's been several years since Val McDermid last wrote about the feisty Scottish journalist Lindsay Gordon, but it's been worth the wait. In the intervening years, McDermid has become a much more sophisticated story-teller, and it shows here. This isn't the traditional mystery style of the previous books -- it feels much more like a thriller, with real emotional dilemmas and a lot at stake. Lindsay is tested as never before, and the varied settings of the book -- Glasgow and St Petersburg -- are a fascinating backdrop. It's a lot lighter than her Tony Hill series, no gruesome torture or anything, but it's still a great read. Smart plotting, great writing and a lot of tension.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars last outing for Lindsay? i hope not 27 Jun 2006
This is the latest in the Lindsay Gordon series. Although Ms Mcdermid is mainly known for her Tony Hill series this one is actually the first she ever published.

Quite a few years have gone by since the previous Gordon mystery was published and in this one Lindsay and her partner Sophie are back in Glasgow so Sophie can enhance her career. Lindsay is unemployed until she bumps into an up and coming journo, Rory, who is willing to give her a job due to being a long time fan.

The two of them get caught up in a case involving a child kidnapped from his parents. While trying to save him Rory and Lindsay's friendship threatens to become something more fuelled by trouble between Sophie and Lindsay.

The book is a very fine read. The personal lives of the characters are interesting and well written touching on important subjects while the mystery aspect is as good as any other McDermid book.

Definitely worth a read....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It..... 20 Dec 2003
I enjoyed the other books by Val with the Lindsay Gordon character and i was excited to to finally be able to get another book with this character after a long wait.
In this book Lindsay seems more grown up and facing a mid life crisis. I think it focus's more on Lindsay's personal life than the other books and i enjoyed getting to know the character more, as well as getting gripped by the plot. Though I must admit the plot was second best to the personal decisions lindsay had to make in her love life. I really enjoyed this book and for the price you can't go far wrong.If you like to follow a character through her personal/love life this book is a must but if you by crime/thrillers for the plot alone and hope to figure who done maybe this isn't the right one for you. As for me It left me wanting more and i hope Val writes another Lindsay Gordon book soon and doesnt wait so long this time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 21 Nov 2003
By A Customer
This is the first book from Val McDermid I read after the Kate Brannigan series. The book is disappointing. The characters are flimsy and the part about Russia does not fit in the story. But Ms. McDermid made a trip to Russia so she probably wanted to use the information she acquired. The plot and dialogues make the story very suitable for serialisation in magazines like Womens Weekly or Women'Own.
Ms. McDermid can do better.
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Published 1 month ago by Garry Iles
3.0 out of 5 stars McDermid remains an author I like to read thanks to the characters you...
McDermid remains an author I like to read thanks to the characters you follow from one book to the next. The plot is sound and easy to follow. Nothing exciting though. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pat PM
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing
As usual the plot lines are clear and engaging. Couldn't put it down. I would recommend it wholeheartedly. Great Val Mcdermid.
Published 8 months ago by Ms S. D. Kelly
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing.
I found the storyline very thin and barely interesting. The characters were unbelieveable. This is the first of Val McDermid's books, apart from the Tony Hill series, that I have... Read more
Published 10 months ago by crimnut
2.0 out of 5 stars Low grade thriller
I was introduced to Val Mc Dermid last year through the highly entertaining "Fever in the bone". By contrast, this is a sub par companion. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Weshty
5.0 out of 5 stars Hostage to Murder
Great book kept me wondering what would happen next. I could hardly put it down it was so gripping superb
Published 12 months ago by MARY ScottLynn McLaren
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite exciting
Enjoyed this book and found it quite compelling once I had started, which is always a good sign. Lindsay Gordon now has a new life so I guess that will be the end of her dangerous... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lesley Gauld
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I have read a lot of Val McDermid's books and I think I was expecting something on the lines of 'Wire in the Blood' which was excellent. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jasper
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Finish
Hostage to Murder Sadly the last of the Lindsay Gordon mysteries and one that sees her relationship severely put to the test as well as physical dangers as she schemes to snatch... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kay
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