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Het Profiel (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #2)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  7,215 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Tony Hill, hoofd van de Nationale Taakeenheid Profilering, geeft zijn team opdracht te onderzoeken of er een verband is tussen de verdwijningen van dertig tieners. Allemaal lijken ze van huis te zijn weggelopen. Alleen Shaz Bowman komt met een concrete theorie. Maar die theorie is zo absurd dat niemand haar gelooft...
Paperback, 399 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Sijthoff (first published 1997)
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Neide Parafitas
Este livro é bom... mas nada que se pareça com "O Canto das Sereias"!

Saber quem era o assassino desde o início do livro não ajudou! Contudo, recomendo aos amantes dos policiais que, se não considerarem este aspecto relevante, irão com certeza adorar! :)
Jean Coldwell
The title of Val McDermid’s The Wire in the Blood is taken from TS Eliot’s “East Coker” section of his collection of poems, “Four Quartets: “The trilling wire in the blood/sings below inveterate scars/ appeasing long-forgotten wars.” The poem, written during World War II, reflects Eliot’s religious faith and his belief that hope would overcome despair and darkness. Val McDermid considered the phrase to be a metaphor for the thrill of adrenaline surging through the bloodstream. (https://uk.answer ...more
Tara Moss
‘The best profilers have probably got more in common with serial killers than with the rest of the human race. Because killers have to be good profilers, too. A killer profiles his victims. He has to learn how to look at a shopping precinct full of people and pick out the one person who will work as a victim for him. He picks the wrong person and it’s good night, Vienna. So he can’t afford to make mistakes any more than we can…’

Top profiler and clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill is now heading
Fast-paced with a complex plot and good characters. The first book in the series (The Mermaids Singing) was more of a straightforward police procedural with good characters; the single investigation drove the plot and occasionally gave space to explore the characters. But by this book, the number of characters expand, are put into new jobs/situations, and are kept moving through multiple investigations. The investigations are not the central driver for the plot, but rather come in as plot device ...more
This is another series of crime novels I've decided to explore after enjoying watching a few episodes of a TV adaptation. Having watched some of series 5 and all of series 6, mainly because I was interested by Robson Greene's involvement, i resolved to find the books. I picked up this and one of the later ones cheaply at a book stall and launched into Wire even though it was not the first in the series(It does however, lend it's name to the TV series).

I'll just start with a WARNING based on my e
This is the first book written by Val McDermid which I have read. And the first thing that struck me was the quality of the language. It is rich without hampering the flow of the story, it is fluid and holds the plot together very well. The Wire in the Blood is the story of the hunt for a serial killer, but the lead man here, Dr. Tony Hill, is not the regular detective. He is in fact the head for the new National Profiling Task Force that the police have setup, and a psychologist of immense repu ...more
Before anyone takes offense, the rating is purely MY feeling on the experience of reading "The Wire in the Blood", not the quality of the book itself. Val McDermid is an exceptional writer, every plot point mapped, every character vibrant and complex, and this was a HUGE struggle to get through.

Part of the reason for the rating is unfair to the author: I enjoyed the TV series based on McDermid's books, and reading the book itself wasn't the same. It's not supposed to be the same, but I loved the
Fred Clough
Val McDermid is an accomplished and celebrated writer of whodunnits; but this is a detective novel with a difference. We learn whodiddit - who is the serial killer of young girls - in the opening pages. But it happens to be a hugely popular and much loved TV personality - a former Olympic sportsman who (following a serious injury) dedicates himself, outside his busy professional TV schedule, to volunteer work caring for the disabled (much like the Jimmy Saville we all knew and loved - until the ...more
Aleksandar Obradović
Uz dužno poštovanje svima, ali pravog i napetog trilera nema bez Britanaca. :) Odlično!
I came to these books because I've watched and enjoyed, if that's the word, the TV series based on them and thought I'd read the originals. I found this one riveting, in a stomach-churning way (don't read it over breakfast). I don't know how accurate the author's depiction of serial-killer profiling is, but it fascinated me, as did the description of its long-term effects on profiler Tony Hill (who feels he is only "passing as human").
McDermid returns with another explosive thriller, returning with more horrific details and another sadistic killer bent on complete control. As DCI Jordan accepts a promotion in a new part of the country, she is faced with a new team with whom she must prove her worth, all while a slew of arsons haunt the township. Filling shoes in a predominantly male circle, Jordan struggles while trying to see if these fires are part of a larger serial arsonist's plan. When fires begin to claim more than prop ...more
This is a fascinating book. I started reading because of the British tv series, which was also so very good. Tense, nicely written, great character development. Highly recommended. Also I recommend the tv series.
aPriL does feral sometimes
Dr. Tony Hill is feeling good, at least, better than his normal self-flagellating habits usually permit him. For once his problem of impotence has receded into the background, he has become accustomed to the nightmares resulting from his previous case, and he has resolved to handle the relationship with Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan with a respectful wall between them (breaking down the emotional barrier will also lead to breaking Hill's ability to function -why, I don't know as the aut ...more
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Better than the first as just as gruesome. Not for those faint of heart - and one cant help wondering what goes on inside an author's mind when stories like these come out, but I love it. As with the first characters are so well developed. There's the main characters of course, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, and I for me the story didn't quite take off until the two of them got together again, which took some chapters, but once they did it was all a horribly delightful read. But as far as character ...more
I should first admit that I cannot watch gruesome or disturbing movies because the visual images stay with me forever. In general though, I don't have a problem reading disturbing books, if troubled I can just quickly browse or skip the gruesome parts. I listened to the audio version of this book and the narration was excellent. In fact, it was so good that I had to skip the really horrible bits with the serial killer (who I wanted to kill!)

There are several great reviews of this book already s
Lisa Hall
I saw the British series television make of this before reading it. Robson Greene plays the part of Dr. Tony Hill in those. I love them. I love what he does with that character. The book version hasn't decreased that in the least, and might have even elevated my appreciation of his talent as an actor.

That said, the movie version does not follow the book exactly - and for once I love that too. The book, as it should be, is much more in depth, letting us deeper into the detectives who work so hard
I picked this up because I was looking for an unchallenging (at least in terms of difficulty/complexity of language & plot -- the subject matter itself is pretty grim!) read, and having seen some of the TV series based on these books, I thought I'd give it a go.

It's a bit unfortunate that the TV series has almost the same name (Wire in the Blood) as this book (the second installment in the book series), because I suspect I'd have liked this book better if I'd read the first two in order. (I
So... a TV-star invites teenage girls to meet him 'in secret'. They're not supposed to tell anyone. And guess what... They don't? I didn't believe a word of it. Teenage girls don't keep a secret like that. From the beginning of the book this disturbed me. And then I realized, it's not just that, there are more aspects of the story I find disappointing and unbelievable.

Jacko Vance is a wonderful villain you just love to hate, but why does he need the sham marriage? It seemed completely obsolete.
I absolutely love the way Val McDermid writes, and I love Tony Hill & Carol Jackson. This is the second of her books that I've read and I'm definitely a fan! The build up of tension in this story keep you reading, as you desperately want to know the outcome.

I've always enjoyed the books that drop you into the mind of the killer, and McDermid is great at doing just that.

Definite recommendation :)
Ayah Assem


Young girls are disappearing around the country, and there is nothing to connect them to one another, let alone the killer whose charming manner hides a warped and sick mind.

Nobody gets inside the messy heads of serial killers like Dr Tony Hill. Now heading up a National Profiling Task Force, he sets his team air exercise: they are given the details of missing teenagers and asked to discover whether there is a sinister link between any of the cases.

" It is better to start reading
Geraldine Curtis
Oops, I read this in a day - one of the luxuries of taking a Sabbatical from work!

I had previously read The Mermaids Singing just recently and had skimmed reviews for this before reading it. Therefore I already 'knew' Carol Jordan and Tony Hill. I also knew that this was based on Jimmy Savile - by Val McDermid's own admission.

There are dissimilarities from Savile - Jacko Vance is good looking and a natty dresser. But as Tony hill reminds us, don't let dissimilarities convince you there's no conn
Sharon Terry
This was the second in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. Tony Hill is teaching the art of psychological "profiling" to a small group of young police officers, who show varying degrees of interest and acceptance. One, however, a young live-wire called Shaz Bowman, believes she has identified the killer of a series of young girls. Her suspect is Jacko Vance, a popular TV presenter, married to an equally popular news anchor. Vance was a handsome former sportsman who lost his javelin-throwing arm i ...more
J.F. Penn
awesome crime novel, chilling violence. Val doesn't shrink to kill off some of the primary characters. I've gone to buy a ton more in the Tony Hill series. Subsequently read that the serial killer was based on interviewing Jimmy Saville - amazing considering the news that has come out after his death.
Billy Ferguson
Bit different to the norm in the sense that you find out the identity of the killer early on. It's the profiling aspect of this that intrigues me most though and I hope that theme continues to feature prominently in the rest of the series.
Just Finished Book 3 of my Home Library Project - 'A Wire in the Blood' by Val McDermid. I will admit that the reason I bought this years ago at a library book sale was that I enjoyed the BBC adaptation starring Robson Green.

That being said, it is truly a creepy and disturbing mystery about a psychologist named Tony Hill who helps the Metropolitan police with profiling potential suspects, in this case a smooth TV personality whose Olympic career was cut short due to a tragic accident. In his sp
Unlike the first book in the series, a more traditional who-done-it in which the focus was on character introduction and development and on the criminal investigation, with the reader discovering the killer's identify at about the same time as our intrepid profiler and investigator, The Wire In the Blood introduces additional characters and advances the relationship between Tony Hill and Carol Jordan as they seek to stop a serial killer whose identity is revealed in the first few pages of the bo ...more
This book is one of a series of books by Val McDermid about the neurotic, socially inept but brilliant criminal profiler, Tony Hill, and assertive, maverick detective Carol Jordan, and the odd, dependent relationship that develops between them as they solve crimes together. This story (the second in the series), is about proving that a popular celebrity is a killer, rather than catching a killer. As such, it is different from the other books in the series, but still satisfying. There is a good c ...more
Liz Wilkins
Even more brilliant the 3rd (possibly 4th!) time round. Full review to follow.
To start with I thought I was going to be disappointed: had I read the first book first, perhaps I could have skimmed over some of the passages describing the relationships (professional & otherwise) between the various police character - but then perhaps them being in this book is what made it work as a 'stand alone' book rather than simply the second in a series? Whatever, I did find some of the early parts a trifle tedious, but soon got thoroughly engrossed, & shall definitely be look ...more
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Tony Hill & Carol Jordan (9 books)
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