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The Last Temptation
Val McDermid
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The Last Temptation (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #3)

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Coming to terms with a hiatus in her friendship with criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill, Chief Inspector Carol Jordan plunges into a risky undercover sting: track down a European drug trafficker and gain his confidence. Her case intersects with a serial killer whose psychosexual madness is born out of the darkest corners of history. In quiet isolation, Tony Hill is laying to
432 pages
Published 2002 by St. martin's Minotaur
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Carol Jordan is drawn into a Europol sting while Tony gets involved in a Berlin detective's case that appears to be the work of a serial killer. The two cases are separate but brings the two of them back together.

This was another harrowing, tense ride with an exciting climax, although I could foresee the inevitable. Scared me witless but the procedurals covering so many European jurisdictions was quite interesting. I enjoyed all aspects of this story and, of course, want to jump right into the
Jon Recluse
May 07, 2015 Jon Recluse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
An above average serial killer thriller, by one of the best authors in mystery fiction. McDermid skillfully weaves the multiple threads playing out across Europe, without dropping a stitch of suspense, and her characters are, as always, well fleshed out and engaging.
Jan 03, 2012 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compulsively readable mystery which provided a vivid sense of place as Carol Jordan goes undercover in Germany to catch a corrupt smuggler. I was, however, annoyed by some illogical and reckless behavior that brought Carol and the profiler she admires so much, Tony Hill, into danger. It did not seem plausible that they would act so carelessly when they are usually highly intelligent (and don't they know they always nearly get killed?!) and when they knew they were likely under surveillance.
Jul 31, 2011 Katherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Wow! I really disliked this book...what a shock since I liked the first two so much. The entire premise of the story was so forced and the undercover scenario was ridiculous. It was like the author had an idea in her head and although everyone tried to talk her out of it, because it was utterly DUMB, she went ahead and wrote it anyway. What a piece of crap.
Ângela Costa
Dec 23, 2013 Ângela Costa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este livro veio trazer uma lufada de ar fresco à minha leitura, que esteva a tornar-se desmotivante devido às minhas ultimas escolhas como livros. Val McDermid foi como um presente para encerrar 2013, com a sua inabalável qualidade literária.
De um lado temos um serrial killer, cujo alvo são psicólogos, de outro o desmantelamento de uma operação de tráfico de droga, armas e imigrantes ilegais, liderada por um homem que opera nas sombras. Embora a policia secreta alemã tenha conhecimento da sua id
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Dec 30, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a game-changer for the series. Eager to boost her career, Carol takes an undercover assignment in Germany to bust a major drugs, guns, and human trafficker. At the same time, Tony leaves his retirement from profiling to work on a case in Germany as well, where a serial killer seeks revenge on experimental psychologists, who he believes are responsible for his abuse at the hands of his grandfather.

As Carol and Tony begin to navigate their relationship into more intimate waters, Carol's s
Can we just say *** PLACEHOLDER *** to all her books now? Um. Quick recollection: apt, echoing title on many levels. Multi-layered plot set in Europe, mostly Berlin. A serial killer whose own suffering might just have been a bit worse than the one he later inflicted. A modern high-flyer criminal who is actually worse, and yet had been done wrong by those supposed to uphold justice. A fate worse than death for one protagonist, and an annoyingly stupid carelessness by T+C that I could only forgive ...more
Mar 24, 2010 Abailart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sometimes when my synapses are raw and sore I need to relax into a soothing bath of Val McDermid or Rankin. Just the job this one, as usual the pages turning themselves while I relax....
...but then, in the last third my brain started working again. McDermid's instinct was surely right not to turn the two stories in this novel into two separate books. She was wrong trying to squeeze them into one. While I look forward to exoskeletal plots in this genre, it becomes a bit much when the characters d
Jenny Hilborne
This dark and twisted thriller is not an easy read. Two in-depth plot lines play out side by side, both of which are good and would perhaps be better written as two separate books. The subplot is as involved as the main plot and, at times, the switch between them is jarring for the reader.

In one of the plots, Chief Inspector Carol Jordan undertakes a dangerous covert mission to bring down a European crime boss known for trafficking drugs and illegal immigrants. The fact she bears such a strikin
aPriL does feral sometimes
This was terrible, as in in a friend baking you a cake for your birthday but she forgot to add sugar.

However. It's book 3 in a mystery series and I can tell the events will be referred to in following Tony Hill/Carol Jordan adventures. I can't recommend skipping it, but I wish I could.

For the record, the book's plot is too spread out, there are huge plot holes (too many and frankly, I'm too depressed to talk about it), Petra Becker is introduced (in case you missed them, there are Petra Becker m
The problem reading a series out of order is that sometimes the outcome of the plot and story line are already known. Despite this,I was engaged and surprised as the novel unfolded.

Chief Inspector Carol Jordan undertakes a covert assignment in exchange for a promotion in a new unit when the case reaches its end. The target is a drug dealing, people trafficking killer. Unbeknownst to her, she has been chosen for more than her detection skills but the leaders of this sting have deliberately chosen
Read in the beautiful surroundings of the La Palma Princess Hotel(highly recommended) this grisly tale didn't fit with the sunshine and the blue skies but it was very good.

I've never read anything by McDermid before, I'm not a massive fan of crime books. Apart from J.K Rowling's books, I would never buy one. But I am given lots and this one completely sucked me in.

However I could see it falling apart when Tony moved into the same apartment block as Carol, big rookie mistake. Even though she
Plot-wise, this novel had far too much going on. It was just over the top and a little implausible, even for Tony Hill and Carol Jordan: evil gangsters dealing in drugs and illegal immigrants and weapons, undercover operations, rescuing an informant's kid, a serial killer, Nazi childrens' psych ward victims, several violent deaths, violent rapes, four protagonists, and two romances. Far too much for a mere 481 pages.
May 04, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As McDermid creates a new psychopathic mystery for her readers, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are back to test their wiles and personal chemistry. Seeking a new position, DCI Jordan interviews for a job with Europol, in hopes of using her skills to help those all across the continent. Handed an interesting file, whereby she must infiltrate the depths of a human smuggling ring, Jordan goes undercover to weasel her way right to the top. Stationed in Berlin and working with a German cop, Jordan seeks ...more
I'm giving this book 4*, even though it's not as good as the others in the series, but because it's still a great story and a step apart from most of the other mystery and thriller books going around.
It's fast paced and keeps us wanting to know more, maybe a bit annoyed sometimes due to lack of editing; the characters are interesting.
I was, however, very annoyed by some dumb and reckless behavior from Carol and Tony, that put everything they were working for at risk, and their lives. It was not
Apr 16, 2012 Kayeb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could be convoluted with the various characters and their bits, but a great flow.... compelling observations as we the reader walk through this plot........another book that kept me involved and attentive........after too many i didnt even finish...

Coming to terms over her breakup with criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill, Chief Inspector Carol Jordan plunges into a risky undercover sting: track down a European drug trafficker and gain his confidence. But she's being tracked as well-by a serial kille
Ishmael Seaward
Okay read if you are slugabed with illness, bored with TV, and need something mildly stimulating. The story takes place in northern Europe. If you are a bit of an armchair traveler, this takes you on an abbreviated tour of some of northern Europe's waterways; it tempts the reader to dig out the Atlas and do some independent reading on the places mentioned.
It is two major plotlines that easily could be / should be two separate novels, doing better justice to both. Carol Jordan goes undercover to
Jul 15, 2012 Melaszka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At her best, McDermid can enthral me with her crime fiction, but I find her work very uneven and, while diverting enough, this novel was not amongst the best of hers I've read.

Realism is never one of McDermid's core strengths, but when reading this novel, I didn't so much have to willingly suspend my disbelief as hang draw and quarter it. There's the usual problem that Tony's "incredible psychological insights" seem to amount to a couple of superficial deductions that a five-year-old could have
Kirsty Darbyshire

Short version: just as good as I'd hoped it would be.

Long version:

I was disappointed in McDermid's last standalone book and so I was really worried that this one was going to miss the mark for me as well. This is the third story to feature Carol Jordan and Tony Hill (the previous two books were The Mermaid's Singing and The Wire in the Blood). I read both of the earlier books a while ago now and loved them both. There were plenty of elements in this book that could have made it a dreadful expe

Jun 10, 2015 Eadie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 12, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
Once again Tony Hill and Carol Jordan find themselves up to their necks (and beyond) in trouble, this time though they get themselves into separately as Tony has been playing teacher at St Andrews while Carol has continued on her detective career. Each is following their own cases, Tony on a serial killer with ties to the suffering caused by the Nazis and Carol on bringing down a drug lord and human trafficker, when they meet in Berlin where their paths and investigations cross. This is fast-pac ...more
Sep 19, 2009 Hans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are definitely located within the crime suspense thriller genre, but they stand out because of McDermid's ability to do two key things: create and manage a complicated plot with multiple characters handling several investigations *and* develop strong characters who aren't simply good or bad guys. In many ways she hits her stride with the two main characters. The end felt a little rushed, but I expect to see more discussed and resolved in the next book.

This book gives me many reasons
Well, the plot kept me engaged, but one has to suspend a bit of disbelief at times. One of the villains was quite interesting, while one other, the Serb lieutenant, was just a stereotypical East European goon straight out of central casting. But my main problem with this story, along with nearly all modern crime fiction, is that authors seem to strive to outdo eachother in the number of murders and the sadism involved in their execution. At least in this case McDermid tried to examine the mind a ...more
Colin Guy
Feb 16, 2011 Colin Guy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, has a great plot with plenty twists to keep you on your toes. Whilst the central characters may not be as well defined as Rankin's Rebus, the tormented serial killer is brought to life with breath taking insights and historical background to make you think McDermid is more at home amongst them than our 'heroes'.
It is the best of the Hill/Jordan series I have read, though I have not yet read any of McDermids novels outside this series so I cannot compare in any real au
It is interesting to see how a series of novels (in any genre) develops over the course of time. The quality of the series (which is subjective) is one thing, other things that are of interest include the themes/canvas/setting that the author chooses over the course of the series and any change in them. Some authors seem to be clear right from the beginning about how the series is going to go. For instance, right from 'Faceless Killers', once can sense/see the themes that Mankell would expand up ...more
The Crime Scene Scene
The Last Temptation is the third novel in the Dr Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series by author Val McDermid. After applying for a Europol liason job with NCIS Carol Jordan is recruited for an undercover operation to get close to a notorious European gangster because she looks like his recently deceased girlfriend. About to go undercover she discovers that Europol have stumbled onto what seems like a serial killer so she suggests that they recruit Dr Tony Hill to do a profile for them. It is an inv ...more
Jul 22, 2015 Anja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I simply cannot give this one a good rating. Perhaps it was McDermid's 'A Place of Execution' that ruined everything else written by her for me. She just set the bar too high and could never quite reach it again.

The Last Temptation is the third installment of the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. To be brutally honest, I cannot even recall the first two which I read not too long ago... I even bought another copy of Wire in The Blood (of which a TV series was later created, mind you) and only after
Apr 12, 2007 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have about 30 pages to go and have been stuck at this point for quite a long time because I am scared that the main characters are going to get hurt. I'm too emotionally involved to be able to finish reading this book at night.
Sarah T
Two things annoy me about this series of books.

One: the expositional dialogue - this is written as if for TV. And yes, I know the books ended up as TV dramas but it's still irritating.

Two: between each of the first three books in the series, there is a complete shift of setting and circumstance. Presumably we're supposed to be holding on to Carol and Tony as fixed points in a moving world but, frankly, I'm often more interested in the supporting characters and what they're up to.

That being said,
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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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