The Torment of OthersTony Hill and Carol Jordan Series
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Val McDermid is the winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award 2010, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.
If you have not read Val McDermid you may have caught the ITV series of The Wire in the Blood, starring Dr Tony Hill. This features him too in another complex, baffling psychological thriller which is far better than the TV. It’s unexpected twists, its growing suspense, its intelligence and dark compulsion can never truly be captured on the small screen. You’ve got to read it.
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The Torment of Others by Val McDermid
For some, there is nothing so sweet, so thrilling, as the torment of others …
A dead girl lies on a blood-soaked mattress, her limbs spread in a parody of ecstasy. The scene matches a series of murders which ended when irrefutable forensic evidence secured the conviction of one Derek Tyler. But Tyler's been locked up in a mental institution for two years, barely speaking a word - except to say that 'the Voice' told him to do it.
Top criminal psychologist Dr Tony Hill is prepared to think the unthinkable - this is not a copycat murder but something much stranger. While DCI Carol Jordan and her team mount a desperate and dangerous undercover police operation to trap the murderer, Hill heads towards a terrifying face-off with one of the most perverse killers he has ever encountered...
‘One of McDermid's finest, which is saying a lot' Marcel Berlins, The Times
'Val McDermid is an intelligent, supremely talented novelist and with this latest tale, she is writing at the height of her power’ Allan Laing, Glasgow Herald
'Complex, combative and nuanced' Barry Forshaw, Express
'Val McDermid, as ever, is adept at engendering irresistible suspense' Patricia Craig, Times Literary Supplement
‘There are some terrific twists: just as the reader feels something has been securely settled, that we can identify a perpetrator to our satisfaction, McDermid gives a new jerk to the storyline and the chase is on again' Jane Jakeman, Scotland on Sunday
‘No one compares to McDermid when it comes to the deviant side of human nature’ Maxim Jakubowski, Guardian
‘This is McDermid on top form - pass the valium’ Daily Mail
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Publication date7th March 2005
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