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The Retribution: 7 (Tony Hill) [Paperback]

Val McDermid
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16 Feb 2012 Tony Hill (Book 7)

There is one serial killer who has shaped and defined police profiler Tony Hill's life. One serial killer whose evil surpasses all others. One serial killer who has the power to chill him to the bone: Jacko Vance.

And now Jacko is back in Tony's life. Even more twisted and cunning than ever before, he is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony - and DCI Carol Jordan - for the years he has spent in prison.

Tony doesn't know when Jacko will strike, or where. All he knows is that Jacko will cause him to feel fear like he has never known before - and devastate his life in ways he cannot imagine...

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751546054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751546057
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,162 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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It's perhaps fitting that for McDermid's 25th novel she's revisited her most thrillingly murderous creation, Jacko Vance (Daily Mirror)

Val McDermid's 25th novel is stunningly good, but it comes with a health warning. It is truly disturbing (The Times)

McDermid never pulls her punches in her graphic descriptions of the evils men (and women) inflict on each other...tension filled from start to finish (Irish Independent)

Her writing is taut, her plotting pacy... McDermid is particularly good at analysing human damage and its effects (Scotsman)

To write one brilliant book is hard. To write 25 is a miracle. That is what Val McDermid has achieved over the course of her career and it's why she is a much-loved legend in the literary world...the pace here is flawless and the various storylines are expertly interwoven...a superb crime novel (Sunday Express)

Brilliant ... sensational ...unforgettable (Guardian)

It's a tribute to McDermid's skill as a storyteller that she deliberately creates a trio of central characters who are essentially incapable of conventional empathy yet still manages to sustain reader sympathy right through to the coldly brutal finale (Irish Times)

McDermid has pulled out all the stops, delivering a fast-moving tale (Herald)

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The unforgettable, gripping new Tony Hill and Carol Jordan novel

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Revenge 29 Oct 2011
Retribution-1. Something justly deserved; recompense.
2. Something given or demanded in repayment, especially punishment.

Jacko Vance, a serial killer of seventeen teenage girls, and a police officer, has escaped from prison where he was sentenced to life. He was once a British Television Presenter and an almost Olympian athlete. He may be the most diabolical and ruthless killer that Val McDermid has introduced to her many readers. Jacko was introduced in the second book by DCI Carol Jordan, leader of the MIT, or 'minorities integration team'. She is stationed in northeast England in the city of Bradfield. She also introduced us to Tony Hill, a psychological profiler, who has appeared along with DCI Jordan in the past six books, Val McDermid is one of the more inventive and exciting mystery thriller writers from the UK. Her name excites visions of her readers sitting for long periods of time, red sleepless eyes, and extended periods of tachycardia.

We begin with Jacko Vance and his years in prison planning his escape. He has assistance from the outside, millions of dollars placed in off shore accounts, and people who believe he is innocent. He also has inside help from other prisoners who will do anything for money. His plans are so efficient, timely and well thought out that I found myself fascinated and entranced with his character. He tells his story from his personna, and we get to examine his thought process. He is a charmer and is able to convince almost any woman what he wants them to believe about him. Tony Hill knows him all too well, he and DCI Jordan were the essential law enforcement officers to put him in prison. Now he has escaped and they may be at the top of his list for Retribution.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Running out of steam? 17 Oct 2011
I first discovered Val McDermid's Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series about 7 or 8 years ago and I have been a dedicated fan ever since. The Retribution is not only the latest in the series of seven books but it also reintroduces one of the serial killers from a much earlier book The Wire in the Blood - the evil and twisted Jacko Vance. To be honest, I could barely remember a thing about that book so it wouldn't make any difference to reading this book out of sequence if you haven't read McDermid's earlier ones yet.

Jacko Vance is clever - brillianlty clever and charming to boot. He has spent the last 16 year behind bars for the murder of a teenage girl (although he murdered many, many more but the prosecution couldn't prove it). In The Retribution, Vance escapes from jail (no spoiler - it's in the blurb) and is hell bent on payback to those who landed him in prison in the first place, including both Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. At the same time, another serial killer is on the lose in Bradfield killing prostitutes and Detective Carol Jordan's team set out to track him down.

The fact that both these stories are running in tandem with each other means that not enough time was devoted to either. The prostitute killer felt almost like an afterthought and his ultimate capture was bordering on eye-rolling. The sotry of Jacko Vance's escape and revenge would have been more than enough to keep us on the edge of our seats and, at times, I was. Waiting to see who would feed Carol Jordan's cat (it will make sense when you have read it, I promise) had my pulse racing overtime and trying to figure out who was next on his hit-list was great stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Series almost "jumps the shark", but... 3 Nov 2011
I first encountered Tony Hill and Carol Jordan in "The Mermaids Singing" as an abridged audiobook. The characters were quite groundbreaking for their time, in that they had very human flaws but still tried to do the right thing and bring the killer to justice. Since then I have read each installment in the series as it came out and have enjoyed them all.

"The Retribution" revisits Jacko Vance, the killer from "The Wire in the Blood"; this idea promises great things with his escape from prison and quest for revenge against the people that put him there, and the Bradfield police's efforts to catch him. The reality falls rather short and almost gives the impression that the series has run its course.

But not quite. There is much to like about "The Retribution". Ms McDermid serves up a believable cast of characters who we have come to care about over the course of the series, and the first third to half of the book is first-rate as it deals with the transition of the Bradfield team as Carol prepares to join another force as well as Vance's escape and a new, parallel serial killer investigation.

Unfortunately, after this point the story begins to get lost as Ms McDermid heaps suffering on to her characters and they begin to behave in ways that are cliched and also contrary to their nature as developed in the prior novels. The second part of the story seems to wander around uncertainly before heading for an ending that seemed rather rushed and again out of character for those involved. To give any more detail than this would spoil the story for those wishing to read it.

I did enjoy "The Retribution" but was left feeling less than satisfied.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Val McDermid at her best!
As always, a cracking thriller. The return of Jacko Vance is horrifying and keeps your stomach turning to the very last page. Well worth reading!!
Published 10 days ago by An avid reader, Somerset
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it
I have read all the Carol & Tony series and have enjoyed them all, this was no exception. I will say I didn't think the secondary story was very strong but the chase for capture... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ms M
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Same as Fever in the Bone - couldn't put it down until finished. Can't wait for the next one, when will that be?.
Published 12 days ago by Barbara Beevor
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live Tony Hill
Brilliant, didn't want to put it down. Seriously addictive reading that will keep you turning regulates into the wee small hours
Published 27 days ago by Moira
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping end to a better than average police procedural thriller
How a reader will feel about this book will, I think, depend on whether they are willing to suspend belief about the escape of its central evil character, the serial killer, Jacko... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dr R
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love val mcdermids books, can't fault them, and this didn't disappoint, good story, keeps you guessing right the way thru
Published 1 month ago by Bobbybj
3.0 out of 5 stars Going down
I have always been a big fan of McDermid, and really enjoyed reading her books. But, this novel felt as if the author was just going through the motions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed and look forward to the next!
I love the continuing story of Tony Hill, Carol Jordan and their colleagues. Sometimes the accuracy of police procedures is doubtful but this is fiction so I concede this is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jann McAndrew
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant idea for a crime thriller
Just when you thought Tony and Carol were going to have a 'typical' serial killer on their hands this book puts a neat twist on the idea of revenge. Read more
Published 3 months ago by matt-h
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
fabulous writer and great story. I was engrossed from the first page until the last. The twists and turns Ms McDermid create make for excellent stories descriptive and enjoyable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. M. F. V. Mcknight
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