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Fever of the Bone (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series #6) [NOOK Book]

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He is psychologist and criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill’s worst nightmare—a killer driven by the most perverted hungers and unmoved by youth and innocence, a killer with a long shopping list of victims who leaves no trail. The murder-mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own, but Hill quickly realizes that it’s just the beginning of a chilling campaign targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people—victims that the monster has been grooming...

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

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Overview

He is psychologist and criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill’s worst nightmare—a killer driven by the most perverted hungers and unmoved by youth and innocence, a killer with a long shopping list of victims who leaves no trail. The murder-mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own, but Hill quickly realizes that it’s just the beginning of a chilling campaign targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people—victims that the monster has been grooming through a social networking site.

It is a case that is reawakening ghosts of Tony Hill’s past. And the longer it takes to uncover a motive and a maniac, the more innocent youth will die.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062010445
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Series: Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series , #6
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 70,543
  • File size: 496 KB

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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  • Posted July 16, 2010

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    the strength of the latest Hill-Jordan thriller is in the personal lives of the parents of the victims and the profiler.

    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

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

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    McDERMID IS AT THE TOP OF HER GAME

    "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

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

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    What can possibly be said about Val McDermid's Tony Hill series

    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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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Must read series!

    Have never read a bad novel by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Fever of Bone

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Reading this was fun.

    You'll enjoy this if you have a taste for the macabre.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    I don't know how she does it...

    ...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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