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Het Profiel (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #2)

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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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Dec 26, 2015 BrokenTune rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Meh. I'm really not getting any warm fuzzies for this series. Nor any reaction really.

I was hoping that the second book in the series would be more interesting and getting away from the scene setting that took up so much of The Mermaids Singing, but no...a large part of the book is still about workplace politics and Tony Hill's struggle to find acceptance of his profiling task force within the police.

Blah, blah, policing, blah, blah...

And I have literally no interest in the relationship between
Tara Moss
Aug 21, 2011 Tara Moss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
‘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
Neide Parafitas
Nov 20, 2012 Neide Parafitas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-2012, own
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
May 16, 2015 Jean Coldwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 27, 2009 Hans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 01, 2013 Abhishek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror, mystery
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
Oct 06, 2013 Fred Clough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Wow what an incredible read !!!! Realized at 200 pages in this was a book number two of a three part story. It didn't matter once I got through some of the awkwardness of back story. Yes, this one really cooks !!!! The series has nine books total. I'm going back to first and read several. Author Val McDermid is one of my favorite story tellers. A super enjoyable read that fully deserves five stars !!!! Jump into this series !
Aleksandar Obradović
Uz dužno poštovanje svima, ali pravog i napetog trilera nema bez Britanaca. :) Odlično!
Apr 28, 2008 Ainsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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").
Apr 27, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid Overlong Pursuit of a Serial Killer

Psychologist Tony Hill leader of a newly formed profiling task force, sets an exercise for his team of ambitious new coppers: to look for connections between the mysterious disappearances of young girls across Britain. One officer, Shaz comes up with a seemingly far-fetched theory that a high profile celebrity, Jacko Vance is the serial killer. Of course, she is laughed out of the building. Only when she starts digging dee
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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
Apr 22, 2010 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
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Apr 05, 2016 Carol/Bonadie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I abhor overly graphically violent stories, and the POV of the serial killer was done well enough by Sandford that I didn't need to revisit it, I am enjoying the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan dynamic, and the plot development of the various folks involved in the hunt. She is a very good storyteller.
May 07, 2016 FM rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Tony Hill series that had been made into a TV series in the UK. I started reading these books because we had gotten hooked on the shows, but only the first two books by McDermid were made into shows in the series (the other shows in the 6 seasons were based on McDermid's characters but were not her stories). In the case of this book, the TV show changed quite a few things, which is not uncommon (had to make the story simpler with fewer characters, actually) but the ...more
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
Jan 14, 2015 Lisa Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2016 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Before there was Jo Nesbo and Harry Hole, there was Val McDermid, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. My first Val McDermid book and it won't be my last. Excellent crime novel. I was aware of the British tv series of the same name and might have seen one of them some years ago. This story follows the tracking down of a serial killer who has been preying on teenage girls. The National Task Force for Profiling used a series of missing kids as a practice case for the new team, under the control of psycholo ...more
May 27, 2014 Sanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
This was one of those reads that kept me up way too late on a few occasions, before having to go to work the next day. I really enjoy a good work of crime fiction, and this wasn't any exception as I felt compelled to read it when I should have been doing other things. It's not really a "hard-boiled" crime type of story, but it's still well written and gripping.

It was an interesting experience since we do know who the killer is from the very first chapter, but it was still very suspenseful and yo
Mar 10, 2014 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Mar 12, 2016 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-and-5-stars
I came to this book having read a couple of Val McDermid's books and not being sure whether I wanted to read more; my main misgiving being that I struggled with the level of violence which seemed to border on being voyeuristic. I have therefore been very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed listening to The Wire In The Blood.

There was one material frustration for me - that Shaz's colleagues so adamantly refused to even consider that her theory about Vance might be worth further considerati
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
Jul 16, 2015 Hilary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was really two books, not one. Part 1 was terrific, and had a terrific twist. Part 2 was ... not great. Some issues:

1. I'm really not a fan of the relationship between Tony and Carol. Also, she's weak in this book, letting herself get wrapped up in Tony's issues and not focusing her job, which seems out of character for her, based on the previous novel.

2. There's a big emphasis on women in policing, and h
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Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies.

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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  • The Last Temptation (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #3)
  • The Torment of Others (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #4)
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