Cross and Burn [NOOK Book]

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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 following of readers around the globe. Her latest, Cross and Burn, picks up where The Retribution left off: following the best ...
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Overview


“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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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 The Vanishing Point

The Vanishing Point . . . is marked by [McDermid’s] trademark stunners, including a climax that packs a vicious punch. And readers are again left to marvel at her ingenuity.”—Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch

“McDermid knows crime, but more importantly, she knows the dark side of men and women and the havoc they can wreak on each other’s lives. . . . The Vanishing Point is a stand-alone and does it ever. . . . [The] opening is shocking, edge-of-your-seat unnerving and violent on different levels. The reader is immediately drawn in by Harker’s overwhelming panic and fear. It’s taut, smart, vivid writing.”—Victoria Brownworth, Lambda Literary

“Her 26th novel opens with a nerve-shredding set piece that will send a chill down many a parent’s spine. . . . . McDermid vividly conveys the rising terror and panic of the situation. . . . . McDermid keeps tension high with red herrings and plot twists. The sheer brio of her writing produces that increasingly rare thing, a genuine page-turner that doesn’t insult its readers’ intelligence.”—Shirley Whiteside, The Independent on Sunday (UK)

Praise for The Retribution

“It’s no big deal for an author to return to a beloved sleuth—but a beloved serial killer? . . . Hill and Jordan are two very bright detectives, but you still want to toss them under the bus when Jacko, who is every bit as charming as he thinks he is, flashes his come-hither smile.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Everyone else’s serial killers seem pale imitations. . . . Val McDermid . . . has the ruthless psychological scalpel that forms part of the equipment of all good novelists, whatever their genre. And, fortunately for us, she knows just how to use it.”—The Guardian

“Gripping and well-written.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802192929
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Series: Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series, #8
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 45,004
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Just wow

    Waited along time for Tony and Carol's return and it was well worth the wait. A must read!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2013

    This is my first Val McDermid book.   This was also the 8th book

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    A good read but not her best

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    Yet another great Carol Jordan and Tony Hill adventure

    I always enjoy these books, especially as there are unexpected twists and turns in the relationships between all the characters. Definitely recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

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    I must begin this review by stating how perfect I found the titl

    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.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

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    Val McDermid's latest book is the eighth entry in her Tony Hill

    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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