Cross and Burn (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series #8)

Cross and Burn (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series #8)

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by Val McDermid

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“McDermid is as smooth a practitioner of crime fiction as anyone out there. . . . She’s the best we’ve got.”—New York Times Book Review

Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid’s work speaks for itself: her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, won numerous accolades, and attracted a devoted…  See more details below


“McDermid is as smooth a practitioner of crime fiction as anyone out there. . . . She’s the best we’ve got.”—New York Times Book Review

Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid’s work speaks for itself: her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, won numerous accolades, and attracted a devoted following of readers around the globe. Her latest, Cross and Burn, picks up where The Retribution left off: following the best crime-fighting team in the UK—clinical psychologist Tony Hill and police detective Carol Jordan—who when we last saw them were barely speaking, and whose relationship will now be challenged even further.

Guilt and grief have driven a wedge between long time crime-fighting partners psychologist Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan. But just because they're not talking doesn't mean the killing stops.

Someone is killing women. Women who bear an unsettling resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only possible answer. Cornered by events, Tony and Carol are forced to fight for themselves and each other as never before.

An edge-of-your-seat page-turner from one of the best crime writers we have, Cross and Burn is a chilling, unforgettable read.

“Smooth. Confident. Deeply satisfying. What else can you say about McDermid’s writing? . . . The Jordan-Hill relationship remains the star of the show. . . . It’s a match made in heaven amid hell on earth.”—Entertainment Weekly on The Torment of Others

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/02/2013
McDermid’s fiendishly clever eighth novel featuring forensic psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan (after The Retribution) finds the two partners on the outs. Jordan has resigned from the Bradfield, England, police force and taken up a labor-intensive DIY job. Hill is still struggling with the events that have driven Jordan from his life. Meanwhile, Det. Sgt. Paula McIntyre, who formerly served with Jordan, catches two cases—one involving a missing person, the other a vicious murder—that together engulf her both personally and professionally. A psychopath is intent on kidnapping and training the perfect wife—and beating to death and disfiguring his “mistakes.” When McIntyre’s decision to seek help from Hill takes a drastic, unexpected turn, she’s forced to turn to the reclusive Jordan instead. The villain may be a mere foil, but the ingenious way in which he tests the mettle of Hill and Jordan is not to be missed by fans of the unusual sleuthing duo. Agent: Jane Gregory, Gregory & Company. (Oct.)
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Praise for Cross and Burn:

“McDermid is at the top of her form in this sizzling story. . . . You will not put this one down until the final sentence.”—Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

“Pure reading joy! Welcome back, queen of crime Val McDermid.”—Jane Crooks Britt, The Florida Times-Union

Cross and Burn is a gripping read on a number of levels. . . . Val is back in top form with this novel. Satisfying on many different levels.”—Deadly Pleasures

“Val McDermid’s compulsively readable Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series finds a fresh hell to discover in her latest installment. . . . While McDermid is top of her class when it comes to writing intelligent, twisty, suspenseful thrillers, one of her strongest talents as a writer is her concern about relationships. . . . Completely absorbing. The way the characters are drawn so three dimensionally enriches every part of McDermid’s novels. Cross and Burn is well worth the reading journey.”—Robin Agnew, Mystery Scene

“Hill and Jordan dominate as brilliantly as ever.”—The Times (Saturday Review) (UK)

“Connoisseurs of the crime novel will happily devour veteran thriller writer McDermid’s masterful blend of crisp prose, complex characters, and relentless suspense.”—Allison Block, Booklist (starred review)

“Enthralling and engrossing, perfect in every way. . . . There is no good place to stop reading Cross and Burn. The series . . . gets better and better. . . . Hill and Jordan, whether together or apart, are fascinating characters, and this latest installment of their lives is too good to miss—whether you’ve been along for the ride since the beginning or just jumped on the train.”—Joe Hartlaub,

Cross and Burn, the new Val McDermid novel, is the eighth title in her Wire in the Blood series featuring Tony Hill, the psychologically scarred forensic profiler, and DCI Carol Jordan. . . . What makes this series stand out is not so much the novels’ plots, good though they are, as their powerful characterization, together with the authority and conviction underpinning the settings. In this case, McDermid makes us believe in Bradfield and care about a host of characters—and, in particular, about the tangled relationship of Jordan and Hill.”—Andrew Taylor, The Spectator (UK)

“Fiendishly clever . . . The ingenious way in which [the villain] tests the mettle of Hill and Jordan is not to be missed by fans of the unusual sleuthing duo.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Fans of criminal psychologist Tony Hill and cop Carol Jordan will be delighted to see them pressed back into action. . . . As ever, McDermid’s gift for taking ordinary, everyday events and giving them a sinister twist, plus her keen observations of human nature, make for a truly gripping tale.”—Northamptonshire Telegraph (UK)

“McDermid earns her customary high marks for planting clues, mastering procedural detail and maintaining suspense as the net closes. As usual, however, the endlessly fraught relationships among the continuing characters are the real draw.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fans will admire Val for continuing to break borders and uncovering such intense and taboo issues. . . . McDermid unfolds a great study on human nature and the twisted individuals living on the fringes of society. . . . A tight assemblage of accidents just waiting to explode. . . snowballs into a chaotic and tense finale leaving little doubt about McDermid’s expertise.”—Michael Leonard, Curled Up with a Good Book (Blog)

Library Journal
Cartier Diamond Dagger Award winner McDermid's ever-reliable police detective Carol Jordan and clinical psychologist Tony Hill are barely speaking after terrible events in their last outing, The Retribution. But a string of murders, whose victims look like Jordan, might bring them back together. Lots of library marketing.
Kirkus Reviews
The abrupt departure of DCI Carol Jordan leaves the Bradfield Metropolitan Police ill-equipped to deal with a killer whose targets bear a truly unsettling similarity to one another. Unwanted by the police and shocked by the failure of consulting psychological profiler Dr. Tony Hill to prevent the murders of her brother, Michael, and his lover, Lucy (The Retribution, 2012), Carol has retired to the solitude of the country to rehab Michael's barn. In her absence, someone has kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered Bartis Health representative Nadia Wilkowa and now evidently is to follow suit with pharmacist Bev McAndrew, whose husband is stationed in the Mideast and whose son Torin, 14, has been left very much on his own. The breakup of Carol's Major Incident Team has ended Tony's consultancy with the Bradfield CID and banished Carol's friend DS Paula McIntyre to the Skenfrith Street station, where DCI Alex Fielding rules with a hand more authoritarian but altogether less inspired than Carol's. Paula reaches out first to Tony, then to Carol in an attempt to mend fences and incidentally enlist their help. And help is badly needed to answer two pressing questions: Why does the kidnapper favor women who look so much like Carol? And, given the way the forensic evidence is pointing, could the kidnapper conceivably be Tony, acting out his estrangement from Carol by attacking surrogates for her? McDermid earns her customary high marks for planting clues, mastering procedural detail and maintaining suspense as the net closes. As usual, however, the endlessly fraught relationships among the continuing characters are the real draw.

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Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series , #8
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Val McDermid is the best-selling author of twenty-six previous novels, which have been translated into over forty languages and have sold over ten million copies worldwide.

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Cross and Burn 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
This is my first Val McDermid book.   This was also the 8th book in this series(Tony/Carol) and I was able to pick it up and not even realize I missed the first 7, but I will be going back and checking out the first ones.  Although the story seemed to revolve around the Tony/Carol storyline, it really was the story of Paula.    Paula struggles to find her way after DCI Carol Jordan retires therefore pushing her to take a job in a new department.  It also is the story of Tony’s life without Carol and Carol’s life without Tony.  The case that Paula is working on enthralled me.  I could not put this book down and when I was forced to I kept thinking about it.  As the story comes together I could not help but think how seamlessly it all works out.   The hiccups and twists make the story so entertaining.  Making the reader wonder continuously who the killer could be, will Carol and Tony come back together, and can Paula make this new job work for her?  I have to recommend this to my fellow mystery readers.   As a matter of fact I recommend that you join me in going back and reading the first books in this series if you have not already done so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waited along time for Tony and Carol's return and it was well worth the wait. A must read!!!
Daniel_Martin More than 1 year ago
I've read about 10 books by Val McDermid. Many have been about how the two main characters in this book work together to solve crimes. However, in this one they are estranged and the plot often plays second fiddle to their relationship problems. As a result I didn't find this one as compelling as her other books, which I have all liked. I first discovered this Scottish author in Place of Execution, which I think is her best work.
BAinMD More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy these books, especially as there are unexpected twists and turns in the relationships between all the characters. Definitely recommend!
JBronder 1 days ago
Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are back. After their last case that left Carol with the death of her brother and sister in law, Carol has retired. She blames Tony for their deaths and he does too. Then a mother is reported missing and a woman is found murdered that looks like Carol and Tony finds himself being blamed. Paula McIntyre finds herself at a loss and calls Carol in to help her find the proof that Tony is the killer. Carol just knows that Tony wouldn’t be involved and although she doesn’t want to have anything to do with him she steps in to find the real killer. It’s clear that Tony and Carol’s relationship has fallen apart. Both of them are distant and lonely and want to be together yet they don’t. But with this new killer and Tony being blamed as the killer, Carol can’t just sit back and do nothing. This book is more about them trying to work around their split. I admit that I have not read any other books in this series. But I recommend that you read the other books so you can understand more about Carol and Tony’s relationship. As for the mystery, I was a little disappointed. I didn’t see a lot of police discovery for the clues. It was more the killer explaining why he did what he did. It kind of ruins the challenge of reading the story and trying to guess what is going on. I also hate to say this but the first part of the book bored me more with the drama between Tony and Carol. There was a turning point and then things pick up but I was about ready to put the book down. I think if you had read the rest of this series you would probably like this book more than me. But as a stand-alone story I was not really into it. I received Cross and Burn for free from the publisher, a long time ago, in exchange for an honest review.
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
I thought it would be time to finally read this book since I have been granted the latest Tony Hill & Carol Jordan book (Splinter the Silence) and it was great to return to where we left Tony and Carol in the last book. Well great is probably the wrong world since the catastrophically ending of the last book with deaths and Carol and Tony's relationship in tatters. In this book is Carol trying to move on after a personal loss, she isn't working and she refuses to have anything to do with Tony. Tony meanwhile is struggling to go on with his life without Carol in it. But when Tony is suspected as a serial killer is it Carol that have to come to his rescue, she is still angry with him, but she knows he is innocent and out there is the real killer… Cross and Burn is a really good suspenseful thriller and I was really happy to read about Tony Hill again since he is one of my favorite characters. I do hate to read about main characters being accused of something they haven't done and I must admit that I wasn't looking forward to reading about that. But I knew that would bring Carol back into Tony's life so I prevailed and was rewarded with a very good ending. One of my favorite parts of the book is Carol turning to one person she doesn't like, but she knows will help her getting Tony of the hook. Now I'm looking forward to reading the next book!
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Twink More than 1 year ago
Val McDermid's latest book is the eighth entry in her Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series. Cross and Burn picks up a few months after the ending of The Retribution. (my review) The series is set in England. Tony Hill is a clinical psychologist who assists the Bradfield Police Department with profiling. He's good at his job...."he understood them because he had come within a hair's breadth of being them." Carol Jordan is a Detective Chief Inspector with Bradfield. They've made a spectacular team professionally. And they're slowly building a personal relationship as well. Or were.....their last case ended with catastrophic results. Carol has left the force and retreated from everything. Tony is functioning, but barely. And their unit has been disbanded. But, when someone starts targeting women who look like Carol, they must put differences aside to stop a killer. McDermid grabbed me from the opening pages. It is the killer who has the first chapter.... 'He woke every morning with a prickle of excitement. Would today be the day? Would he finally meet her, his perfect wife? He knew who she was, of course. He'd been watching her for a couple of weeks now, growing used to her habits, getting to know who her friends were, learning her little ways. How she pushed her hair behind her ears when she settled into the driver's seat of her car. How she turned all the lights on as soon as she came home to her lonely flat. How she never ever seemed to check in her rear-view mirror." Creepy! McDermid cuts back and forth between the investigation and the killer's point of view. His chapters are deliciously chilling. McDermid is a master of the police procedural. The plots in McDermid's books are devious, dark and gritty. But for this reader, it is the characters that draw me back time and time again. I truly had no idea where McDermid could take this series after the ending of the last book. In Cross and Burn it is DC Paula McIntyre who takes the lead role. I enjoyed seeing another recurring character fleshed out. But Tony and Carol's storyline is the one that intrigues me the most. It's real and raw - I sometimes feel like an interloper, inadvertently intruding on someone's private conversations and grief. The title comes from a quote by David Russell...."The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn." The last few pages put a close to this case, but leaves the door wide open for the next installment - one I'll eagerly be awaiting. Although you can read any of this series as a stand alone, I heartily recommend starting at the beginning - it's a must for crime lovers. A television series - Wire in the Blood - is also based on these characters.
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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
I must begin this review by stating how perfect I found the title. It is a quote from David Russell: “The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.” And there many bridges here where both verbs apply. The most startling of these for the reader is the bridge connecting the series protagonists, DCI Carol Jordan and Dr. Tony Hill, forensic psychologist and offender profiler who frequently consulted in that capacity with the police and the MIT. Carol, formerly DCI of the Major Incident Team, had handed in her resignation; her old team has been completely disbanded; and her relationship with Tony, which had reached the point that they had been planning to share the house he had unexpectedly inherited, has ended. Following the horrific events in the last series entry, “The Retribution,” wherein Carol’s brother and his significant other were brutally murdered, the rift between Jordan and Hill is so severe that there has been no communication at all between them for nearly 3 months, with each feeling insurmountable guilt, Carol’s all the worse because she holds Tony even more at fault than she herself; Tony’s own feelings are similar. Following those events as well are other drastic changes: Carol had handed in her resignation; her old team has been completely disbanded; and Tony is now working solely in a secure mental hospital and living on a houseboat. Everything has been affected by budget cuts; the Forensic Science Service has been privatized, with criminal investigations being outsourced; and Tony’s services are felt to be no longer needed: “there’s no budget for anything you can’t reach out and touch any more.” Newly promoted DS Paula McIntyre of the Bradfield Metropolitan Police (formerly a member of the MIT under Jordan,) is called in to a murder scene. She and DCI Alex Fielding, now her boss, soon come to believe that it is the work of a serial killer, when another body is found with the same MO; it appears that he stalks and then kidnaps the women before brutally abusing and murdering them. Periodically there are chapters from the chilling perspective of the perpetrator as he sizes up his next potential victims. All of whom, by the way, strongly resemble Carol Jordan. But half-way through the novel, the author provides a jaw-dropper (literally) of a twist, beyond which point I cannot go. Except to say that Val McDermid just keeps getting better and better (which I know I’ve said in the past of this author’s books, and it remains true). Highly recommended.