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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 August 2015
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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on 3 March 2017
Once again Tony Hill and Carol Jordan find themselves up to their necks (and beyond) in trouble, this time though they get themselves into separately as Tony has been playing teacher at St Andrews while Carol has continued on her detective career. Each is following their own cases, Tony on a serial killer with ties to the suffering caused by the Nazis and Carol on bringing down a drug lord and human trafficker, when they meet in Berlin where their paths and investigations cross. This is fast-paced and gripping with plenty of human insight and vulnerability from both sides that muddles the clear cut view of good and bad as the characters and the reader try and figure who is who. Life gets very complicated for Tony and Carol in this thrilling page turner.
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on 4 March 2017
Excellent writing and meticulously researched story as usual from Val McDermid, this story takes the lead characters Carol Jordan and Tony Hill across the water to Germany for an investigation set on the navigable waterways of Europe. There are two stories running side by side as Carol goes after an organised crime network involved in gun running, drug smuggling and people trafficking (and we learn how the 'open borders' of Federal Europe ideologues helps these industries) while Tony gets involved in helping track down a psychopathic killer, a storyline through which we are reminded that the crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis go far beyond the holocaust.
A fast paced novel that will keep most readers engaged to the last page.
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on 1 May 2017
Item as described. Prompt delivery Excellent packaging. I recommend this Seller
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on 22 May 2014
superb story set in three countries. Although a bit slow to start it soon picked up the pace and I was reading every chance I got, even if it was only a page or two. I've just bought Mermaids Singing and can't wait to start it
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on 1 June 2017
The very best of crime writing with brilliant and three dimensional caricaturing fast paced input down able read in a night
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on 11 October 2015
Brilliant book. Great character development. Some parts a bit gruesome - but love the interaction between Dr Hill and DI Jordan. Have already bought the next in the series.. Can't put it down.
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on 11 May 2017
Great read
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on 31 March 2017
I bought this book as I really enjoyed the Wire in the Blood series. This book has captivated and kept me enthralled all the way through. If you like reading crime and suspense novels you will love Val McDermid.
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on 29 May 2017
Usual gripping stories. Classic McDermid. Loved it
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