Characters and plot are complex and well handled. There is a reasonable amount of violence, and McDermid lends it a certain detached and cold-blooded edge that seems to intensify the events she describes. But despite the competent writing, the people and the story failed to resonate with me. These were just more cops, psychologists, and criminals doing what they do; I didn't feel that I had any investment in the outcome. Good, but not good enough to read more books in the series.
#3 Carol Jordan series. This is a great mystery! I loved all 3 of these!
From Publishers Weekly
British author McDermid brings back DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Dr. Tony Hill from The Mermaids Singing (1995) and The Wire in the Blood (1997) and thrusts them into a psychologically chilling and multifaceted thriller. Jordan goes undercover in Germany as part of a dangerous operation to capture Tadeusz Radecki, an international smuggler of drugs and illegal aliens. Meanwhile, her contact in Berlin, Criminal Intelligence Officer Petra Becker, is helping her Internet lover, Dutch Brigadier Marijke van Hasselt, on a grisly case whose victims, psychological researchers, are sexually tortured and murdered. Jordan suggests that Dr. Hill work with them in Berlin. The suspense builds as scenes alternate among the two English crime fighters, Becker, van Hasselt, Radecki and his henchman, Darko Krasic, and the anonymous serial killer, whose grisly tactics echo Nazi psychological experiments. McDermid gives depth and individuality to all seven characters and each city. With consummate skill and pacing, she braids together the complex story lines through surprising revelations, heartstopping suspense and cruel double-crosses. The two major plots don't mesh, but they crisscross, creating even more tension. McDermid's writing and her understanding of the criminal mind get better with each novel. With its European locales, depiction of Nazi mind experiments and hints at another Jordan/Hill novel, this may well be her breakout book. She certainly deserves it.
From Library Journal
In the third book of McDermid's popular series (after The Wire in the Blood and The Mermaids), Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan and psychologist Tony Hill return. Carol has agreed to go undercover in Berlin in a sting operation against the handsome and charming but ruthless trafficker in illegal immigrants, Tadeusz Radecki. Meanwhile, intelligence officer Petra Becker, the German liaison in Carol's undercover operation, has begun an online relationship with Marijke van Hasselt, a policewoman from the Netherlands. When Marijke mentions a grizzly murder that she is investigating in Leiden, Petra remembers reading of a similar murder in Germany. Carol persuades Tony to come to Berlin to help Petra and Marijke find the killer who is targeting experimental psychologists. This well-executed novel has it all: a complex, suspenseful plot, a full cast of interesting characters, and two budding romances. Tony's persistent angst becomes rather tiresome, but even he grows more tolerable as the novel progresses. Recommended for most mystery collections.
Another masterful thriller. Chief Inspector Carol Jordan is trying to overcome her feelings for criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill. They they are plunged into a risky undercover sting to track down a European drug trafficker and gain his confidence. But as she gets closer to her quarry, she stumbles across a darker evil--a serial killer whose psychosexual madness is born out of the darkest corners of history.
I can't remember where or which book turned me on to Val McDermid, but it wasn't any of her Tony Hill novels. "A Place of Execution" perhaps. Anyway, once I'd read that first McDermid, I started looking for others and discovered her Tony Hill series, which I read out of sequence, but it didn't matter. "The Last Temptation" is a good one; worth keeping
Kept me reading to the end!
Seriously creepy book. Kept me awake at night.
Chief Inspector Carol Jordan, Trying to covercome her feelings for criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill, plunges into a risky undercover sting track down a European drug trafficker and gain his confidence. But as she gets closer to her quarry, she stumbles across a darker evil a serial killer whose paychosexual madness is born out of the darkest corners of history.
Inquiet isolation, Tony Hill is laying to rest the scars of his past until he's recruited back into business on a case he can't ignore. A killer is stoiking uncomfortably close to home, and the next victim is a friend and colleague.
As the danger closes in and as Tony and Carol cross paths to navigate the terrain of a shattered human mind, they have no one left to trust but themselves and fear that there's no place left to run as a killer promises to fulfill his most twisted dreams.
This 3rd installment of Jodan/Hill series is an exciting thriller. It shows the intricate plotting and great character development of the author, Val McDermid. It's a bit of a nail-biter and very hard to put down and kept me reading long into the night. I'm now looking forward to reading the next book. I highly recomend this series as they are very entertaining reads.
Chief Inspector Carol Jordan, trying to overcome her feelings for
criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill, plunges into a risky undercover sting: track down a European drug trafficker and gain his confidence. But as she gets closer to her quarry, she stumbles across a darker evil--a serial killer whose psychosexual madness is born out of the darkest corners of history.