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‘No-one can plot or tell a story like she can. The hairs on my neck literally stood up’ Daily Express
‘So gripping it puts your life on hold’ The Times

‘You should have been a detective. If there’s one thing the last year has proved, it’s how good you are at finding things out. Things that are buried so deep nobody even thinks twice about them. The sort of things that turn people’s lives inside out once they’re exposed.’


Meet Tony Hill’s most twisted adversary – a killer with a shopping list of victims, a killer unmoved by youth and innocence, a killer driven by the most perverted of desires.

The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it’s not long before Tony realises it’s just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign that’s targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people.

Struggling with the newly awakened ghosts of his own past and desperate for distraction in his work, Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most testing investigation yet . . .

A shocking, nail-biting Tony Hill and Carol Jordan thriller from the number one bestseller.

If you enjoyed Fever of the Bone, don’t miss the first in a new series from the Queen of Crime. 1979 is out now, introducing the unforgettable Allie Burns.

Praise for Val McDermid:

‘It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go’ Daily Mail

As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get’ Sunday Express

‘One of today’s most accomplished crime writers’ Literary Review

‘McDermid remains unrivalled’ Observer

‘The queen of crime is still at the top of her game’ Independent

This is the sixth book in the bestselling Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.

Reviews

As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get.
Sunday Express
McDermid's books are getting better and better...an absorbing novel of character.
Literary Review
One of our finest crime writers.
The Times
Another cracker in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series from the most imaginative creator of serial killers we have.
Daily Mail
So gripping that it puts your life on hold.
The Times
Everything a great detective novel should be: pacy, gripping, clever and stylish and, most of all, a fantastic read.
Sunday Express
McDermid remains unrivalled at yoking chilling scenarios to a pulsing narrative; and Hill's torment is palpable in this scary, dark thriller. Brilliant
Observer
Gripping, well-written, nail-biting stuff
Waterstone’s Books Quarterly
A moving novel, not just a gripping one.
Financial Times
She is the real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers; no-one can plot or tell a story like she can. The hairs on my neck literally stood up.
Jenni Murray, Daily Express
McDermid's mastery of this genre is evident, particularly in her dialogue, in which there is rarely a false note.
TLS
...reminds us just how finely plotted and intelligently written McDermid's novels are. More please - and soon.
Irish Times

Tony Hill and Carol Jordan