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The easy solution is not always the most obvious or
on 21 October 2017
The Wire in the Blood
This is Val McDermid’s second book featuring the characters Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. Hill is a Clinical Psychologist and Jordan is a Police Officer. They had previously featured in the book The Mermaids Singing when they had hunted a serial killer.
Since then Jordan has been promoted to Detective Chief Inspector in the coastal town of Seafield in East Yorkshire. Hill continues to work for the Home Office setting up a team of National Profilers who are currently based in West Yorkshire. His team members have been selected and they are currently undergoing training.
One of their exercises involved looking at materials highlighting reported runaways over the years. One of the training group starts to identify a pattern from the runaways materials but is unable to generate much enthusiasm from the other team members as to her findings. She decides to continue her investigation on her own.
Jordan and her new team are investigating a series of fires in Seafield. She believes they may be the work of one individual but this theory is not shared by members of her team. She turns to Tony for assistance.
McDermid accurately depicts the psychological damage individuals can experience in their life. She illustrates the potential consequences to people because of the reaction or inaction of others. She highlights clearly that the consequences of our actions may have significance far and beyond any originally anticipated. Finally she outlines the dynamics within an organisation when leading members have to deal with methods and practices they have previously not considered. The easy solution is not always the most obvious or, indeed, correct.
An excellent book.