Fever of the Bone (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series #6)
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Fever of the Bone (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series #6)

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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

 

Scottish writer Val McDermid is one of the most respected authors at the scene of the crime, and Fever of the Bone offers a bravura display of her exceptional storytelling

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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

 

Scottish writer Val McDermid is one of the most respected authors at the scene of the crime, and Fever of the Bone offers a bravura display of her exceptional storytelling talents. Criminal profiler Tony Hill and his ally Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan are back in this terrifying psychological thriller, tracking down a brutal killer who’s targeting a group of young people through a social networking site. A winner of the Gold Dagger Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and an Edgar® Award nominee—a New York Times Notable author whose writing Entertainment Weekly calls, “smooth, confident, deeply satisfying,”—Val McDermid is a crime fiction force of nature. And Fever of the Bone is among her best.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A new chief constable, James Blake, arrives at Bradfield CID in McDermid's excellent sixth Tony Hill novel (after Beneath the Bleeding). Since Blake takes a skeptical view of both Tony's contributions as a medical consultant and the team's commitment to cold cases, Det. Chief Insp. Carol Jordan has to tread carefully. Soon deemed too expensive by Blake, Tony turns to nearby Worcester for work, where a grisly case involves the brutal murder and sexual mutilation of teenagers lured to their deaths by a killer who befriends them on a social networking Web site. Connections soon arise between Tony's case and Carol's new murder inquiry in Bradfield, which McDermid develops with her usual systematic ease until all the pieces of the disturbing puzzle fall into place. The increasingly complex and indefinable relationship between Tony and Carol provides a strong emotional undercurrent. McDermid demonstrates once again that she's as adept with matters of the heart as she is with murder. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews

Under pressure from every side, DCI Carol Jordan, who heads Bradfield CID's major incident team, and profiler Dr. Tony Hill are forced to work out a new series of relationships with each other.

James Blake, Bradfield's new Chief Constable, seems so impressed by the successes of the major-incident team that he's determined to disperse it among his whole force to make its members' expertise more cost-effective. His No. 1 imperative to Carol: replace high-priced consultant Tony Hill with some bright boy from the police academy. It's a bad decision, of course, not only because Bradfield is a breeding ground for serial killers (Beneath the Bleeding, 2009, etc.) but because dim, overconfident rookie DS Tim Parker can't offer any more than the vaguest generalities about who chatted with 14-year-olds Daniel Morrison and Seth Viner online and lured them out of their homes, or why he killed and castrated them in record time, without lingering over his crimes long enough to provide the obligatory sexual thrills. Ironically, it's Tony who provides the crucial intelligence needed to solve the case. Hired as a consultant by the West Mercia CID, he's been investigating the murder of 14-year-old Jennifer Maidment—a murder, he gradually realizes, that's the work of the same person Carol and her crew are seeking.

As usual in McDermid, there's so much going on—including an ancient, unsolved triple homicide and Tony's stumbling attempts to come to terms with the late father who never acknowledged him—that fans of the British procedural will find their cup running over.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061986482
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Series:
Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series, #6
Pages:
500
Sales rank:
424,062
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

VAL McDERMID is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty crime novels. She has won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; her novels have been selected as New York Times Notable Books and have been Edgar Award finalists. She was the 2010 recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Crime Writing. More than 10 million copies of her books have been sold around the world. She lives in the north of England. Visit her website at www.valmcdermid.com.

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Fever of the Bone (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series #6) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
"It all comes down to blood in the end. Some wrongs you can get past....But certain kinds of betrayal need to be answered. And sometimes only blood will do." Those are just a few of the chilling words we read in Val McDermid's introduction to what this reader considers to be her best work to date. With FEVER OF THE BONE, the sixth Tony Hill novel, we meet a new chief constable, James Blake, who is evidently little impressed with Hill's contributions. Of course, this leaves Carol Jordan right in the middle. However, the middle might be the safest place to be as Carol and Tony are faced with their most demonic adversary yet. The first victim is young Jennifer Maidmont, so viciously attacked that her body was described as "sexually obliterated." There was no reason in the world for this vile act. Jennifer was a well cared for girl, pretty, sensible. Only later is it found that the killer is apparently choosing his victims at random after befriending them on the latest and most popular social networking site for teens. Not satisfied with one victim the psychopath continues his sick spree of murder and mutilation. Leave it to McDermid to carefully weave events together until a pattern emerges - compelling reading! There is, of course, as before the emotional relationship between Carol and tony to further hold readers spellbound. Val McDermid is a seasoned award winning author at the top of her game. Enjoy as she leaves us waiting for the seventh in this estimable series. - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Bradfield, England someone is using the social networking website RigMarole to meet teens in person before killing them; two victims so far. The hot case police make little progress with their investigation. However, Cold Case team leader DCI Carol Jordan and her unit find clues. She asks her new boss to allow her to use profiling expert Tony Hill, but James Burke says he is too expensive so they use an in house profiler. Tony recently inherited the large estate of his late father, who had abandoned him as a baby. He travels to Worcester to sort through what he was bequest. The Worcester police department hires him to profile a murderer who killed a teenager. Carol cannot discuss her case with Tony, but soon they realize that in all probability the same predator murdered the teens in Bradfield and Worcester. Although the police procedural elements are superb, the strength of the latest Hill-Jordan thriller is in the personal lives of the parents of the victims and the profiler. The parents struggle with their loss as they are good people coping with a tragedy that they thought they could prevent by warning their children not to socially in person meet strangers who seem friendly online. Tony tries to understand the father he has spent a lifetime hating and encouraged by his mother to do so; fans will hope he moves on to the next level with Carol. With a strong Internet social network whodunit and personal subplots, Fever of the Bone is a winner. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started this afternoon, and couldn't stop until I finished. Val McDermid is masterful at weaving several story lines and showing that police are human, too. I have also watched the series, Wire in the Blood, love Tony's character.
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miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
What can possibly be said about Val McDermid's Tony Hill series of stories that has not already been said? Brilliant, enthralling, captivating and beyond high quality and value. Another wonderful story not to be missed.
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Yankees_1_Fan More than 1 year ago
Have never read a bad novel by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best reads of a long time. I love this Tony and Carol series. The read is a quick pace with quirks that keep you on your toes. The books all tied together so the sexual tension between Carol and Tony continues...waiting to see what the next book has to offer. The wit of the team working together is awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You'll enjoy this if you have a taste for the macabre.
ritaink13 More than 1 year ago
...but Val McDermid is one of the very best writers. I have read most of her work and what I haven't read is waiting on my shelf.
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