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Report for Murder [Hardcover]

Val McDermid
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Jan 1990

First in the popular series featuring Lindsay Gordon, a self-proclaimed ‘cynical socialist lesbian feminist journalist' with a penchant for hanging around police interrogation rooms under suspicion of some crime or other.

Freelance journalist Lindsay Gordon is strapped for cash. Why else would she agree to cover a fund-raising gala at a girls' public school? But when the star attraction is found garrotted with her own cello string minutes before she is due on stage, Lindsay finds herself investigating a vicious murder.

Who would have wanted Lorna Smith Cooper dead? Who had the key to the locked room in which her body was found? And who could have slipped out of the hall at just the right time to commit this calculated and cold-blooded crime?

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (Jan 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312038887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312038885
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,189,035 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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‘Move over V.I. Warshawski’ Options

‘McDermid has created a complex and prickly detective. The relationship intertwines a realistic romance with a solid detective story.' Washington Times

‘[She is] fresh and funny with a sparkling sense of time and place’ Literary Review

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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 divides her time between Cheshire and Northumberland.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I can't believe some people thought this wasn't Val at her best - why? Tony and Carol are satisfyingly and convincingly at loggerheads here, and Tony's confinement to a hospital add tension to the plot because he can't move (it's a bit like Hitchcock's 'Rear Window' - the sense of paralysis adds to the suspense). Great double-stranded plot, as readable as all Val's books. I didn't find Tony's icy mother entirely credible as a character, but still - few people can write thrillers as well as Val McD, and this one had a less guessable ending than 'The Torment of Others', in which I guessed early on who the psycho-killer was. Brilliant moment too, in this one, where one line of dialogue changes everything - can't say any more without giving away something crucial. Read it - it's fab!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Above the Average 12 Aug 2007
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Val McDermid has written some wonderful crime fiction tales in her time but she is probably best known for the series involving psychological profiler Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, based in the fictional Yorkshire city of Bradfield. Expectations are bound to be high for this, the fifth in the 'Hill-Jordan' collection of novels so far, following hot on the heels of the fifth in the associated Wire in the Blood TV dramatisations. In effect there are two stories running in parallel with each other, one the hunt for a serial killer and the other the search for a mass murderer, each person displaying very different methods but sharing an obsession for careful planning and forward thinking.

Knowing that the author herself recently went through considerable pain and discomfort as a result of major knee surgery, I cannot help but regard her decision to place Tony Hill in a hospital bed recovering from - guess what - major knee surgery for very nearly the entirety of this story's time span as something of an indulgence on her part, possibly a gesture of thanks to those who treated and cared for her, I don't know, but I got the impression that this strand of the plot was slightly at odds with everything else that was going on. It did however enable the author to introduce Tony Hill's mother in a thread that promised interesting developments but ultimately faded into insignificance. On the other hand it did offer an insight into the complicated personality of Dr Hill, and in that respect the mission was successful. Of course, anyone who has seen the Wire in the Blood series on TV will visualise actor Robson Green as Tony Hill in this book, personally I did not find this a distraction at all as the actor plays the part very convincingly.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but missing something. 5 Aug 2007
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I looked forward to reading this book having read all four previous books in the Carol/Tony series. It is an excellent top quality crime thriller yet it somehow felt that it was missing something compared to the previous books.

The story centres around an unexplained murder. Another serious crime takes place midway through the book, however the suspense is somewhat spoiled because the blurb on the cover tells you what this crime is and therefore you know it is going to happen and not be foiled. The story is paced well but is not quite as suspenseful as some of McDermid's previous books, perhaps because it doesn't have quite the same sense of immediate danger that 'The Last Temptation' and 'The Torment Of Others' had.

Throughout most of the book Tony is in hospital following an assualt at work. It was interesting to see how Tony coped with this but I was expecting something more to come out of the events at the very beginning of the book and the storyline featuring Tony's mother. As it stands it felt like the very first part of the book was simply a plot device to get Tony into hospital since there is very little reflection/repercussions from this event.

Carol's team from 'The Torment of Others' are back and it's great to see their characters being developed and the occasional reference to events from previous books. Carol has a slightly worrying habit which I thought would come to be important but again nothing happened about it.

Overall it was a good book with a satisfying ending. With any other author I would have given it five stars, however it's just not quite on a par with McDermid's superb earlier novels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as usual but a bit different 25 Aug 2007
Val McDermind's crime output is very varied coving simple (though not simplistic) who-done-its to very gory thrillers. Some reviews seem to suggest that this book is below par compared to the other Wire in the Blood books, but I found it just as engrosing and satisfying as ever - I think some of the dissatisfaction expressed is because this is far less gory than the other Wire in the Blood books and more in the vein of Val's other books.

This stoy lifts off where the Torment of Others leaves off and I had to run quickly over the plot of that book to be sure of all the references the characters make. Again people have commented that the characters, in particular Tony and Carol, are not progressing particularly quickly - however moving things along any faster would not be true to the cautious, damaged and workaholic characters of this pair.

One note of caution, the cover blurb contans a spoler that I would have been happier to avoid.
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