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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; First printing of this edition edition (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751546054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751546057
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,020 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2011
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Hill-Jordan #7, or in a way Wire in the Blood: The Sequel. The original The Wire in the Blood, back in 1997, was top-notch in its time but this latest one is rather ordinary compared to what's out there these days.

There are two stories going on here. The main one revolves around the prison escape of life-termer Jacko Vance and his immediate lust for retribution against those who locked him up some twelve or more years ago - profiler Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan of course. Bookending this plot is another that could possibly have been padded out to become a fully-fledged novel on its own, involving a number of murders of prostitutes by a serial killer. There is no link between the two, other than the fact that Carol Jordan's team of detectives has to deal with both. Jacko Vance and his murderous exploits occupy the bulk of the page space, with Jordan deeply involved not only as a cop but on a shockingly personal level as well. Tony Hill has his fingers in both camps, and as is often the case gets inside the minds of both killers remarkably quickly and predicts what will happen before it actually does. Well, almost - he makes a few mistakes, but no-one's perfect, eh?

Having watched the TV series Rizzoli & Isles a few days ago, I was reminded how similar Tess Gerritsen's 'The Apprentice' is to Val McDermid's latest - a killer from a previous novel escapes from prison and returns to his killing ways, with the same leading character as before the object of his provocation.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2011
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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 By Boof VINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2011
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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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