Cross and Burn Hardback
by Val McDermid
Part of the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series
Someone is brutally killing women. Women who bear a striking resemblance to former DCI Carol Jordan.
The connection is too strong to ignore and soon psychological profiler Tony Hill finds himself dangerously close to the investigation, just as the killer is closing in on his next target. This is a killer like no other, hell-bent on inflicting the most severe and grotesque punishment on his prey.
As the case becomes ever-more complex and boundaries begin to blur, Tony and Carol must work together once more to try and save the victims, and themselves. Breathless, gripping and thrilling -- the Queen of the Psychological Thriller is back with her most spine-chilling novel to date.
The perfect introduction to the unforgettable world of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 10/10/2013
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781408704561
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Review by adpaton
Carol Jordan has left the police force and vanished off the radar, her unit has been closed and the team dispersed and Tony Hill is living on his narrow boat in the centre old Bradfield, trying to make sense of life without Carol. Obviously things have changed radically in this, the eight in the series.DS Paula McIntyre, a former colleague of Carol's, is now working for the ambitious but hardly likable DI Alex Fielding [a character McDermid actually 'borrowed' from the TV series The Wire in the Blood]: she uses Tony to bounce ideas off, although he is no longer employed as a profiler, and the two of them investigate the kidnapping, mutilation and murder of local blondes, who look a little like Carol. By an unlikely coincidence, Tony's blood is found on the clothes of one of the victims and despite his long history of crime-fighting, Fielding hurries to arrest him. Paula tracks down Carol, who still resents Tony for not preventing the murder of her brother and his partner, and persuades her to help. A measure of Carol's change is that she now has a dog while previously she was a committed cat person. Naturally Carol gest grabbed by the kidnapper - McDermid has never spared this poor women anything, and she's been raped, wounded and had her family massacred in the course of the series - but not for long: Tony is released, the real murderer gets his just desserts, and there is a thaw in the relationship with carol accepting for the first time that there might be a space for Tony in her future. It's a good book - McDermid writes no other sort - but the gay element was pushed a little, although not as much as in the previous story - and one felt there were some issues left unresolved.