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Fever Of The Bone
Val McDermid
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Fever Of The Bone (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #6)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  5,245 Ratings  ·  295 Reviews
In the sixth novel to feature Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Tony meets his most twisted adversary to date—a killer with a shopping list of victims, who is unmoved by youth and innocence and driven by the most perverted of desires. The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it’s not long before Tony realizes it’s just the start ...more
ebook, 512 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by HarperWeekend (first published 2009)
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I’m a fan of McDermid’s Tony Hill / Carol Jordan books (and the tv series, Wire in the Blood); she’s a smart writer who keeps her stories compelling and excellently-paced. One of the classiest psychological thriller writers I’ve encountered.

That said, for a McDermind book, Fever of the Bone starts a little staidly and never seems to achieve anything remarkable (beyond the author’s very entertaining base-line which I’m more than willing to read her books for) – there’s more departmental problems
There are common elements to Val McDermid's Tony Hill books: a series of murders (of course) committed by an unknown assailant, some kind of doubt about Tony's usefulness as a profiler, and the ever present will-they-won't-they tension between Tony and Carol Jordan.

Yet, despite all this, every time I read the newest installment of this series I find myself more drawn into the story than ever before.

As always, the whydunnit is a bigger question than the whodunnit, and the great thing is that once
Judie Holliday
My shameful pleasure is murder mysteries and police procedurals and Val McDermid is one of the best.

Having said that, this wasn't her best book. I was on to her quickly and found the last chunk where the police had to catch up with me tortuous. Also, she seemed distracted from her usually great tension and thrill building and more interested in exploring the psychology of one of the main characters. The sub plot (the 'other' murder) was unrelated to the whole and the ending fizzled instead of p
Apr 11, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shaping her sixth novel, McDermid seeks to take the reader into the depths of social media and the role it plays in the lives of youths around the world. When adolescents with no apparent connection begin disappearing, DCI Jordan is ready to bring the MIT into the case with all her resources. However, with a new commanding officer bent on cutting corners, the MIT will no longer require the services of Dr. Hill and his pricey profiling. When all the adolescents are found to have been using the sa ...more
Apr 09, 2010 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes picking up the latest book in a series without ever reading one before can be like tuning into a soap opera for the first time. I recall that sage of the twenties Bertram Wooster tying himself in knots trying to work out the best way to summarize before a new adventure. Val McDermid clearly takes the approach that no summary is necessary, and so the new reader is thrown in to either swim or drop like a stone to the ocean floor. To be fair there are a lot of hints to the back story as y ...more
I seem to have veered away from suspense/police procedural/thrillers lately. I will always make time for Val McDermid though. Her books are more than the killing of victims, the investigation, gruesome crime scenes. The reader knows the investigators and everyone on the periphery. The characters have lives, emotions, fallibilities. Some that make you want to smack them upside the back of the head, hug another and be relieved when the killer is caught. The reader becomes involved in the story.
Gae-Lynn Woods
Jul 30, 2013 Gae-Lynn Woods rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve long been a fan of Val McDermid’s books, and FEVER OF THE BONE certainly lives up to my expectations. Carol Jordan and Tony Hill are back, only this time, their professional partnership is in jeopardy thanks to the arrival of a new boss at Bradfield CID.

The murders and mysteries in FEVER OF THE BONE will keep you turning the pages, as will the look into Tony Hill’s background. For the first time, Tony gets to know a little about his father, and what he learns changes him. McDermid has a nic
Apr 10, 2014 Rula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book. Amazing characters. This book kept me on my toes and made me eager as well as excited to read more by Val McDermid. It's a good thing that i am writing a crime thriller myself because I have learned a lot from her and that she's my inspiration. I have managed to learn about security, how to interrogate suspects/witnesses and I really did love this book. Can't wait to read more by this remarkable author.
Jun 18, 2014 Stevie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, borrowed
Wait!! That's it??? The end of the book??
Wow, what a rollercoaster! Brilliantly written as usual, the murders perfectly tied in with the development of the characters - a real page turner from start to finish.
Aug 17, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
DCI Carol Jordan has a new boss, Chief Constable James Blake. Though he hasn’t actually broken her team up yet, he’s pretty plain about the fact that he thinks her squad is a waste of resources and they should be more of a general resource to the entire police force, oh, and he doesn’t believe Tony’s worth the money they pay him as they have police officers trained in profiling. I suspect he’s a bit intimidated by Dr Tony Hill. Poor Carol, she’ll do what she can to keep her team together, it’s t ...more
Dixie Diamond
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Jill Hutchinson
I would recommend that the Dr.Tony Hill/Carol Jordan books should be read in order of publications as there are references to past events that happened in those earlier books. The new reader to this series cannot get a complete profile of the major characters without a little more background:however, it did not stop me from enjoying this book.

Teenagers go missing and are found dead and sexually mutilated with not a clue in sight. Tony is called in, over the objections of the new Chief Constable
Lu Lopez
Aug 22, 2013 Lu Lopez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series, this installment is not to be missed. While not as dark as the previous books in this series it is every bit as intriguing as McDermid takes this opportunity to invest in the deeper development in the characters’ backstories using the crime as a means to highlight their personality traits, habits and idiosyncrasies. This book will answer questions that fans of the series have been pondering from the beginning.

Like the volumes before it, thi
This was good. Fast-paced. More background in Tony's other half of the genes. A first crime with a sort of obvious ending but still interesting and a second one rather meh. I feel like the cold cases are only there to prove that Carol's team is doing the work they were assigned to while nothing major happens. Val could easily drop that aspect because it doesn't really add anything to the plot, except more characters that aren't developed enough to make the readers care.

The problem with reading a
Feb 24, 2010 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book...but it turns out there are at least five other books in this series (i.e. also featuring Tony Hill and Carol Jordan and many of the other characters) and I really should have started with an earlier one. The characters were well drawn and believable, but it was obvious that a lot has gone on in previous books that have made them the characters that they are now. The book jumped around a lot to tell the story from different points of view and to tell different parts o ...more
Aug 30, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I had never read a book by this author but she was recommended to me by a guy working at Barnes & Noble, of course B&N did stock any of her books, but Book Depository did, so I read the descriptions of a couple of them and decided to go with one later in the series rather than the first one. A good author will provide enough information about the characters in each book when it's a part of a series, and that was definitely the case with this book. The story starts off pretty stra ...more
May 08, 2016 Carol/Bonadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carol Jordan gets a new boss who wants her team to prove itself, and without Tony Hill, who he deems too expensive. And of course her team does, in two cases, one involving the disappearance of a woman and her young baby, and another involving a series of bizaree murders of teenagers. This latter case turned out to have an interesting twist. Secrets from Tony’s past are revealed and add to the drama of his and Carol’s lives. This one was a page-turner.
Apr 04, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A standard bearer of crime fiction. Three dimensional characters in a superbly crafted story. McDermid not only creates an intriguing tale for the reader but deftly presents information to the readers ahead of the characters to bring the gleeful frustration to a pitch. This is the first of this series I have read and I will be sure to dive into other volumes.
Jan 22, 2017 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good old-fashioned text-book detective story which will satisfy fans of this genre. This is the first book of this series I am reading, and it is easy to get in, you do not need to have read prev book of the series. However, I can see how there may be repetitions and storylines which carry through, and how readers who read all the books in this series could find it 'same'.
Oct 10, 2009 aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm strongly predisposed to love any book featuring Tony Hill and Carol Jordan; and this was no exception.

Loved getting a bit of info about Tony's background, although it was a bit twee how it all worked out.

Nonetheless, bring on the next one Val McDermid!
The Cats Mother
This is a really great series which just keeps getting better. We find out a lot more about Tony's background, and are introduced to some new characters that I hope will reappear in future books.
Aug 25, 2012 Lizzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A geeat story that moved on quickly and held my interest till the last page where there was a twist in the tail.
Aug 20, 2014 LeseMaus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein spannend geschriebener britischer Krimi, von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite
Feb 19, 2017 kelsie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like serialized crime shows
6/10 Stars

I picked this one up at the thrift store on the end of my street. It sounded disturbing, and I like my crime novels as dark as they come. Despite the properly dark ending, I was a little disappointed with the outcome of the novel. Maybe I've watched too many episodes of Criminal Minds and Bones and Castle to really enjoy any serialized crime media.

• Despite being part of a series, Fever of the Bone was entirely readable for someone who hasn't picked up McDermid's earlier work. I
Dolf Patijn
Mar 06, 2017 Dolf Patijn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brutal killer who uses social media to groom victims, a cold case and Tony's inheritance are the storylines in this book and they keep it interesting 'till the end. This time the team seems to have matured into a more coherent workforce. Stacey seems to be more at ease and Sam isn't the prick he was in previous books. Great. There is still the tension between Carol and Tony but it is woven into the storyline of Tony's inheritance.

Val McDermid seems to have a formula alright but she changes it
This novel is very slow to start (the main murder investigation didn't go anywhere till over 50% of the way through on my kindle, but as usual, it is Carol and Tony's characterizations that hold the most interest. This novel is especially interesting as we delve into Tony's past via his estranged father dying. Vanessa is a monster, yet it is she that brings Carol and Tony closer together ironically. I also enjoyed the interplay between police teams and the politics of managing competing personal ...more
Mar 14, 2017 Izzy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I am going to take a break from these now because they're starting to get on my nerves. I feel like I'm nearly 90% of the way through before anything happens and it's SO obvious who dunnit. I know that she likes to focus on the 'why dunnit' rather than the 'who', but the reasoning for killing in this case was ridiculous. In saying that, it is what it is and I think the issue here is with me reading too many crime thrillers in one sitting and becoming immune to their charm.
Casey Sayers
Feb 16, 2017 Casey Sayers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyable read. When I rate Val McDermid's books, I compare them to each other, not against other books in general.
Fever of the Bone has been one of my favourite books of hers so far. It was fast paced, gruesome, and went a little bit more into Tony's past. It was nice to see another side to Tony, a bit more vulnerable with the prospect of facing his past.
But if Tony and Carol don't get it on in the next book, I won't be happy haha.
Where does McDermid come up with new ideas for motivations for serial killers? A new boss for Carol and team leaves Tony out of the loop for a while until his murder case in West Marcia and Carol's case connect up as a serial killer targeting young teens. Tony learns more about his father with a surprising twist at the end.
Jan 02, 2017 Randal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. A return to form. Excellent from start to finish.
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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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