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人魚之歌 (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #1)

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沒有人知道兇手是他,那四宗發生在布拉德菲爾德駭人聽聞的兇殺案。
屍體被棄置在同志出沒區的男性死者,生前均遭到不可思議的殘忍虐殺:四肢脫臼變形、性器官毀損,這個心理變態的連環殺手,讓全城人心惶惶,就連警方也束手無策。
後來,那個男人稱他為「巧手安迪」。

第四名獵物得手後,東尼·希爾出現了——這個警方請來的知名犯罪側寫分析專家,據說能從命案的證據和線索,描摹出兇手的背景、心態與作案動機。什麼都不知道的天真傢伙,居然也想試圖看透他的內心?但有趣的是,經過他的跟蹤與觀察,他可能比任何人都還了解東尼‧希爾的弱點!

這是一場前所未有的心理鬥智!東尼·希爾和他,誰能先讓對方掉入彼此佈下的陷阱?面對這個令他又欣賞又妒恨的男人,他可得好好思索,要準備什麼最適合的刑具,來好好「愛」他……
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by 春天出版國際文化 (first published 1995)
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Dora Hi Nicole, I haven't read the novel yet, but the title is taken from the ending of T. S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock": "I have…moreHi Nicole, I haven't read the novel yet, but the title is taken from the ending of T. S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock": "I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me." The speaker is a painfully shy man who fantasises about women, who scare him to bits. - Fits this novel?(less)
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Tracey
May 18, 2010 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves BBC "Wire in the Blood" series
Shelves: mystery, kook
This was fantastic. It had a little bit of this

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It was nice to see men being the victims for once. It was disturbing at times, and maybe that was why I loved it.
Moira Russell
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João Carlos

Val McDermid (n. 1955)

Alguns Spoilers

1 - Nunca tinha lido nenhum livro da escritora escocesa Val McDermid (n. 1955);
2 – “O Canto das Sereias” foi publicado originalmente em 1995;
3 – É um thriller com uma construção narrativa muito interessante, alternando os capítulos entre as principais personagens, conferindo a evolução da investigação criminal, com as descrições dos pensamentos e estados de espírito do assassino, a sua mentalidade e o seu planeamento, com recurso a uma excelente caracterizaçã
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Mohammed Arabey
Jan 25, 2017 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A very different read yet very familiar atmosphere. The profiling and investigations.
A full review in progress...

Thanks a million for the recommendation Lema A. Wahed's review
aPriL does feral sometimes
Well.

Many sensitive types should not read this novel.

First, there is lots of explicit torture. On the other hand, it's not gratuitous, in my opinion. However, it keeps on coming. As someone who reads a GREAT deal, of course I've come across historical and explicit descriptions of torture before. The Spanish Inquisition truly used incredibly awful devices of torture in real life, and the bad guy in this book, a serial killer of young men, builds such devices to use in his murders, having studie
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Jean
Mar 21, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mermaids Singing is Val McDermid’s first in a series of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan novels, and I must confess that I have mixed feelings about this one. It is certainly well written and is, without a doubt, a fascinating combination of police procedural and psychological thriller.

Men are being murdered in the fictional city of Bradfield, England, and their mutilated bodies are being dumped in the Temple Fields area where the gay bars are located. After the third body is found, Assistant Chi
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Sylvia
Jun 23, 2012 Sylvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
After reading Beneath the Bleeding I knew I had to consume as many of these books as possible, so I continued onto The Mermaids Singing and finished it around 4 o' clock in the morning, having been so engrossed I completely lost all sense of time.

McDermid has a strong grasp of human psychology and her characters are realistic, down-to-earth and with all the gritty, dirty bits that make up a human life. Each and every character seems to breathe from the page, whether they're in the book for two
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Gary
Jun 06, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have only read a couple of Val McDermid's books but have enjoyed them and intend to read more in the future.This is the 1st book in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series and is an excellent start. The characters are meaty and I can imagine they offer a lot of chances to develop further in future books. Quite gruesome in places as it describes a killer who is obsessed with ancient torture methods. I feel confident that this series will only get better.
Neide Parafitas
Sem dúvida um livro que mexeu comigo, tal era o horror descrito nas mais variadas situações em que o assassino colocava as suas vítimas!

Numa única frase... HORRIVELMENTE BRILHANTE!!

;)
Maria João Fernandes
"Como é óbvio, a descoberta de que se tem um talento natural para alguma coisa não significa necessariamente que devamos seguir cegamente esse caminho."

Val McDermid deve ter pensado o oposto desta citação do seu livro, seguindo assim o caminho do seu talento natural, a escrita. Mas terá ela esse talento? Já há muito tempo que tinha curiosidade em conhecer a autora, tão aclamada no género policial. Infelizmente, o seu primeiro livro da série de Tony Hill e Carol Jordan revelou-se uma desilusão tã
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Emma Sea
I probably should have appreciated this more than I did. The problem is it's 20+ years old, and I'm coming to it after a lifetime's exposure to crime dramas and novels. I'm not sure there's anything left for McDermid to say in this one that I haven't heard before. And again, this is a vintage thing, but when Carol calls the murderer, (view spoiler) ...more
Giulio
Jun 05, 2015 Giulio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, nick-s-gifts
I completely lost all sense of time and I had to stay up till late because I couldn’t sleep without finishing this book.

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Despite the fact that this was an uncomfortable and at times disquieting read, I really liked it.

Slightly politically incorrect, probably due to the fact that it has been published many years ago

‘Not all ga
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Antonella
Sep 16, 2016 Antonella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thriller vero, raccontato a due voci.
L'io narrante, quello scritto in corsivo, è ricco di particolari e decisamente per stomaci forti.
Il resto, in terza persona, narra la vicenda, le indagini, le azioni degli altri.
Personaggi ben delineati e caratterizzati, situazioni descritte con dovizia di particolari.
In me ha suscitato empatia: spesso - infatti - ho avuto la sensazione di muovermi al fianco dei personaggi o di essere dentro le loro teste a seguirne i pensieri, a viverne le sensazioni.
Ben co
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Viji  (Bookish endeavors)


Oh.! So this is how Tony Hill met Carol Jordan..! Having read the sequels in the series before reading the first ones,I was quite impressed by the chemistry the duo shared,and it seems a pleasant thing to read about their first meeting after a long while. There was a time when all I was interested in was psychological thrillers.. My days were divided between Patricia Cornwell and Keith Ablow and Val McDermid and Mo Hayder.. Day in and day out with serial killers.. Lots of coffee and chips.. Gett
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Mike Gabor
Jan 19, 2012 Mike Gabor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery
This is the book which introduced Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. Four men are brutaly slain. Ther tortured and mangled bodies are left in the gay community. At first the police are reluctant to label the muders as a serial killing however, as the bodies begin to pile up they are forced to call in profiler Tony Hill. He teams up with DI Carol Jordan and attempts to get to the bottom of these killings.

I enjoyed this book immensely however, be warned that the murders are quite violent and the author d
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Beth
Oh, yuck, this book.

I have quite a strong stomach. It's not that impressive or anything, but I'm not incredibly easily shocked. This book, however, was more than I could bear. I like books and TV that take a look at the darker side of life, but the torture scenes were unneccessary and extremely gratuitous (sp?). It seemed like McDermid wrote it to shock. The killer lacked nuances and did not interest me in the slightest; s/he may as well have had a mustache to twiddle. There was no depth to thei
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Lightreads
Sep 20, 2009 Lightreads rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lgbt, mystery
The books on which Wire in the Blood is based. British clinical psychologist teams up with copper to profile serial killers. All expected elements present and accounted for – hostile police brass, sexual "tension," personal issues.

Yawn. And that's pretty impressive, considering books featuring a maladjusted trouble-magnet who does criminal profiling are a huge weakness of mine. But I don't think my emotional needle so much as quivered, except for occasional flickers of annoyed disgust at the vi
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stormhawk
Sep 12, 2009 stormhawk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Every now and again you start reading a mystery that sneaks up on you and punches you in the gut, leaving you gasping for air. The Mermaids Singing is exactly that kind of a novel. Tony Hill, a psychologist specializing in serial killers gets called into three ongoing investigations that the police are resisting linking to one killer.

The result is an exciting read, one that keeps you awake, both because of the stark horror of the killer's desire, but also because you cannot put the book down. E
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Kelly
Feb 04, 2017 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weird and revolting. Loved it. Val McDermid is great. I will continue to read this series. Interested to see where it goes.
Jackie Harrison
Jan 01, 2017 Jackie Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow - I couldn't put this down but it's not for the feint hearted! I did wonder if having watched "Wire in the Blood" would spoil it for me, not because I can remember the stories (I can't) but if the characters were very different from the book. However, I needn't have worried as casting got the characters spot on.
John Wiltshire
Jun 24, 2016 John Wiltshire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-up-on
I've read this one before. I got quite far into the series, I seem to remember. It's on my Kindle. Light reading for travelling. I'll update when done...
Huh, I now remember why I gave up on this series. I must be in a minority here because I know these books are held up as masterpieces of the genre, but I don't like them. I don't like pornographic violence (torture porn). I love gore; horror; crime; deviant psychology; and all the other elements of great serial killing novels, but I don't like r
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Bill
Feb 05, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There were a couple of visitors to my site who had recommended this one. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

The serial killer sub-genre has certainly been watered down over the years, so I usually take a grain of salt before trying a new one, half-expecting the same old cliches. Almost always I can find some bit of dialogue or a lucky break in a case that makes me roll my eyes but I could find nothing like that in this tale.

This is an entirely believable story, with entirely believable characters
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Ana Lúcia
“O Canto das Sereias” de Val McDermid, foi publicado originalmente em 1995.
É um livro com uma construção narrativa muito interessante. Um livro tenso e emocionante, com detalhes requintados de um sadismo atroz.
“O Canto das Sereias” não é um livro confortável para ler.
É um bom livro policial, apesar de não ser excelente...
Jeanette
This one is over my gruesome quotient. You won't fall out of interest to what happens next, and the psychological analysis is not exactly "wrong"- but it is troublesome. This series is not for the faint of heart or cozy mystery readers.
Dee
Feb 21, 2017 Dee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2017
This was my first introduction to Val McDermid. I'd seen the name mentioned a few times and thought it was about time I acquainted myself with her books.

I'm not a squeamish person. I can happily (odd choice of word) read about murders and gore and blood and whatnot. Except when it involves animals. But the torture and the murders in this book made me very uncomfortable. I had to stop reading a few times. None of it is gratuitous but I did feel like maybe some of it was a bit over the top. I have
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Mike
Feb 05, 2017 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first McDermid story, and I found pleasure in the telling.
Tony is a psychologist enlisted by a British police force to help in the search for a supposed serial killer. Seems like this was written in the mid 90s, so there is a good dose of profiler material interspersed. His liaison with the police is Carol, and the subtle sparks start flying between the two.
Max Rudenko
After I've finished reading this novel I had some conflicting and contradictory feelings and thoughts. Having pondered over them for a while now, I'm ready to share the following thoughts.
Overall I liked this book. It is rather good police thriller, especially it being a first work in this series. However, there were some annoying problems. First of all, it's very unevenly paced. The story starts very slowly and drags for the first three quarters almost without any development but then wraps up
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Joanne Sheppard
The Mermaids Singing is my second foray into Val McDermid's work; my first was one of her standalone novels but The Mermaids Singing is the first in her Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series, on which ITV's Wire In The Blood is based. I've never seen Wire In The Blood, so came to this book with no real preconceptions about what to expect.

The novel is a gritty thriller about a serial killer torturing and murdering men before dumping their bodies in the gay district of a northern town. Institutional homop
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Matt
Apr 11, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Choosing to tackle a new series, I was drawn to Val McDermid and the premise behind it. Pairing a police detective and a criminal psychologist is by no means new, but the British angle was a fresh approach for me and one that seems to work well. McDermid takes the reader down the path of numerous sub-plots while presenting a fascinating main tale to capture the attention of all who dare to explore. When men are found murdered in predominantly gay hangouts, the police are baffled as to where they ...more
Katrina Davies
Mar 02, 2016 Katrina Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It didn't last as long as I'd expected. Surprisingly, Adam proved more fragile than the German Shepherd. Once he'd lapsed into unconsciousness following the dislocation of his limbs, he proved impossible to rouse. I waited for hours, but nothing seemed to bring him round; not pain, not cold water, not warmth. I was disappointed, I admit it. His pain had been a mere shadow of mine, his punishment not enough for the betrayal that occasioned it."

A dangerous and calculating killer has Bradfield pol
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She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the recipient of the CWA Cart
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Tony Hill & Carol Jordan (9 books)
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