Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan return in the award-winning series that is the basis for the hit show on BBC America.
In a small grim room, the body of a woman is discovered, panic and pain etched in her face. The scene matches in every detail a series of murders two years ago-murders that ended when irrefutable forensic evidence secured the conviction of a deeply disturbed young man named Derek Tyler.
But there's no way Tyler could have killed the latest victim. He's been locked up in a mental institution since his trial, barely speaking a word. So is there a copycat?
All his years of experience tell top criminal psychologist Dr. Tony Hill that there isn't-but that would make the murders literally impossible. While Hill tries to crack Tyler, DCI Carol Jordan and her team must mount a desperate undercover operation to trap the murderer-a decision that will have terrible consequences.
As the tension mounts, a mixture of psychological insight and dogged detective work leads inexorably to a terrifying climax where Tony faces one of the most perverse killers he has ever encountered.
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Extraordinary Acclaim for Val McDermid:
"Cunningly plotted... McDermid administers the venom drop by drop... Individually the characters are sensitively drawn. Collectively, they present the inscrutable face of closed-off communities so terrified of change they would kill for peace."
-The New York Times Book Review on The Distant Echo
"If you still haven't absorbed the fact that Val McDermid is writing at the top of anyone's game, here's another chance to join the celebration. Her clean, crisp writing, especially about crime science, might just remind you of the early books of P.D. James."
"Ambitious... bone-chilling... McDermid has always been attuned to the ways in which the mystery novel can function as a work of social criticism."
-The Washington Post
VAL MCDERMID grew up in a Scottish mining community and read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer and lives in South Manchester.In 1995, she won the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year. Her novel, A Place of Execution, won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize,was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in England.
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Buchbeschreibung Harpercollins UK Jun 2014, 2014. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Reissue. 576 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780007344758