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The Last Temptation (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 3) by [McDermid, Val]
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Val McDermid just gets better and better. The Last Temptation is intelligent about undercover police work and psychological profiling as well as moving on the human cost to the people who have to do society's dirty work.

We are back with profiler Tony Hills and super-competent cop Carol, who we met in The Mermaids Singing and The Wire in the Blood. The couple's past experiences have created a bond between them as well as a certain inability to bear the sight of each other. They are brought back into co-operation by the needs of the job in its European dimension. Tony is persuaded to help track a European killer who drowns and mutilates psychologists, while Carol is working undercover to trap a drug trafficker whose dead lover spookily resembles her.

As always, McDermid writes brilliant criminals. She adds that deadening of sympathy which makes horror possible. Both aristocratic gangster Tadeusz and vengeful psychotic Mann have their reasons for being who they are, doing what they do. McDermid makes us care that her detectives succeed and survive just that little bit more than we care for her villains to escape. She writes excellent thrillers simply because she has a journalist's eye for both sides of each case. --Roz Kaveney

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Val McDermid just gets better and better. The Last Temptation is intelligent about undercover police work and psychological profiling as well as moving on the human cost to the people who have to do society's dirty work.

We are back with profiler Tony Hills and super-competent cop Carol, who we met in The Mermaids Singing and The Wire in the Blood. The couple's past experiences have created a bond between them as well as a certain inability to bear the sight of each other. They are brought back into co-operation by the needs of the job in its European dimension. Tony is persuaded to help track a European killer who drowns and mutilates psychologists, while Carol is working undercover to trap a drug trafficker whose dead lover spookily resembles her.

As always, McDermid writes brilliant criminals. She adds that deadening of sympathy which makes horror possible. Both aristocratic gangster Tadeusz and vengeful psychotic Mann have their reasons for being who they are, doing what they do. McDermid makes us care that her detectives succeed and survive just that little bit more than we care for her villains to escape. She writes excellent thrillers simply because she has a journalist's eye for both sides of each case. --Roz Kaveney


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1579 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (22 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9D3S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 154 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
We are all Europeans now, but that does not stop cross boundary suspicion among police forces when a serial killer is using the waterways of Germany and the Netherlands to target his victims. At the same time Carol Jordan is cajoled into going underground to trap a particularly nasty trafficker in drugs and illegal immegrants, with the carrot of a top European job if she succeeds.
How these two disperate stories are woven together is the genius of Val McDermid, her writing getting stronger by the book. This is the third Tony Hill/Carol Jordan book and, with the Wire in the Blood soon to be on our TV screens, she is soon to be catapulted into Rankine status.
What McDermid brings is a truly gruesome modus operendi, matched by a credible pyschological reason for the disturbed mind behind it. She creates not monsters, but damaged characters who are all the more scary for it.
Tony Hill and Carol Jordan use professional detachment to avoid intimacy; their struggle against their emotions rumbles like a volcano beneath the major plot lines. The closer they get together the more they put themselves at risk. The risk is not just that they might have to reveal vulnerable aspects to one another, but that this "weakness" will be exploited by some very nasty characters indeed.
Powerful, dark and gripping, The Last Temptation is not for the nervous. It will make you think and it will lose you sleep.
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By Aspen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Aug. 2015
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The Last Temptation is the third in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series featuring the psychological profiler and a police chief. I've read it out of sequence, but it's a great standalone. In this outing, Jordan is looking for new challenges and follows an opportunity to work undercover in Europe. Hill is a university lecturer, missing the action as a profiler. Needless to say, the two are brought together in this fast paced psychological thriller where the serial killer's victims are psychologists.

It's a why rather than who dunnit. The motivation becomes clear early on. The tension lies in wondering who, in a large cast of characters, will join all the correct dots to make the connections. There's great suspense and pace as the action moves backwards and forwards between the main players. It's almost a book of two parts. One half centres on Carol Jordan; can she adapt as an undercover cop and fool a hardened villain into accepting her as a business partner? In parallel, the serial killer is upping the stakes as the body count rises.

There's some intricate plotting to keep the stories moving forward and it's not easy to see how it will all hang together. But as usual, Val McDermid's skill in keeping a number of balls in the air at the same time moves with ever increasing pace to a traumatic finale. No one is untouched by events in the final section.

Well written, kept me turning the pages well into the night and I enjoyed it.
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Format: Hardcover
This is yet another superb thriller from Val McDermid.
Her writing is simply stunning, and she evokes the waterways of central Europe brilliantly.
Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are back, thankfully. I have always thought of them as being her two most important lead characters. Kate Brannigan and Lindsay Gordon don't have a patch on them.
Anyway, they are back, and simply simmering with that sexual tension and unvoiced loved for one another. However, neither will commit due to their belief that they aren't good enough, reliable enough, whatever, for the other.
However, aside from the fact that this book had a cracking plot and a cast of great characters, it has flaws.
Val spends too long with Carol Jordan undercover than her serial killer. I'll admit, Carol Jordan going undercover to catch the villainous Tadeusz Radecki was very interesting, but it wasn't as interesting as the other half of the plot concerning murderered psychologists. She doesn't go into enough detail with that side of the plot, and it feels secondary, where it really shouldn't. She should have had that one as the central plot, asit was even more interesting than the other, and really the reason why i read the book. I like serial killer stuff, and would have preferred if this were more of a serial killer novel. Although admittedly it is a great thriller either way. But the serial killer side of it is underdeveloped and seems 2 dimensional at stages.
That is practically my only niggle with it.
I was afraid when i read the synopsis saying "a serial killer is murdering psychologists" that it would be too much like Killing the Shadows ("a serial killer is picking off bestselling writers") But Val MCDermid manages to side step that considerable landmine, and has crafted a chilling and interesting thriller which should please all her fans.
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By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2002
Format: Hardcover
I can assure one of the previous reviewsers that Val MCDermid is definitely not an over-hyped novelist. Some of her previous books have been absolutely stunners. Absolute stunners. (I am thinking in particular of The Mermaids Singing, the Wire in the Blood, A Place of Execution, and the sublime Killing the Shadows.) However, this one does not compare as well as some of the others.
Firstly, the undercover side was all well and good, but it dominated the plot far too much. and as a result what was actually a really decent premise of a serial killer plot was left as a secondary plot and remained slightly underdevloped. I simply did not care to read a novel dominated by Carol going under cover. It wasn't that it wasn't interesting, it was just that i would really have preferred (as i think another reviewer has said) much more concentration on the serial killer aspect. I would rather have had the entire book about the serial killer, as it had superb possibility and potential, but she failed to bring it out. Actually, i am very disappointed. I was expecting a lot more. A tense serial killer thriller, when instead i got a novel about someone going undercover to catch an underdeveloped and not at all menacing villain. It's a great shame. had she concentrated a lot more on the other aspect of the plot, then this book may well have turned out as one of her best. And even though i am extremely disappointed, i can still say that a disappointing Val McDermid book is still much better than anything else currently on the market. Hence the four stars.
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