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The Wire in the Blood (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 2)
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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.
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on 1 October 2017
I read The Mermaid book one of the series, and immediately read the second Wire in The Blood. These books are addictive, compulsory reading, to the point where all normal days activities are cast aside in favour of reading.
Good strong characters, gripping storyline, well written. I'm almost afraid to read the next in the series.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 27 October 2016
Engrossing and suspenseful - this is the novel VM has said was inspired by a meeting with a media celebrity whom she found unsettling. It certainly made her muse about the nature of celebrity and the licence it might afford the unscrupulous/psychopathic. Great read - better than the episode in the TV series of the same name.
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on 13 May 2017
Finally getting round to McDermid's Hill and Jordan books and well worth the wait. Great characters throughout. Perhaps a bit too tense in places! I was slightly disappointed by the relatively easy ending, but by that timke I'd had enough tension for one book.
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on 8 May 2017
This a gripping well written crime thriller by a top crime writer. The characters are realistic and believable. It took me a long time to get round to reading Val McDermid's novels. I am now reading my eigth one and I can't put them down.
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on 19 October 2013
I loved the story. It is a real thriller. I watched the TV series but I loved to read the book. There are some of Tony Hill personality that I discovered with the book. Some sleepless nights as I could not stop to read. I was disappointed with the end but then I realized that the story continues with the book "The Retribution".
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on 15 September 2017
I'VE BOUGHT THE WHOLE SERIES. SOOO LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THEM ALL.
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on 13 August 2017
Shocking and compelling in equal measure. Couldn't put it down. I like the way the author seems to effortlessly switch from "whodunnits " to "whydunnits " in the Jordan/Hill series. Liked " the Mermaids singing" but thought this was better and altogether more challenging. Superb.
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on 15 September 2017
Very much what you would expect from Val. Exciting script, beautifully written. She is a high-quality story-teller....and having seen most of the TV series with the wonderful Robson Greene, as you read, you close your eyes......and you're there.
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on 20 July 2017
Brilliant, a must read for Tony Hill fans.
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