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The Wire In The Blood (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #2)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  9,788 Ratings  ·  401 Reviews
Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. Authorities are convinced they're runaways with just the bad luck of the draw to connect them. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficul ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published July 7th 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published 1997)
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Wendy Darling
1.5 stars Uninspired writing, loose plotting, unconvincing leaps in "intuitive" investigative work, reliance on coincidences to further hero's success, cliche interdepartmental strife, insulting portrayals of most of the police force in order to prop up the savant psychological profiler, half-hearted characters, thoroughly uninteresting romantic relationships, mildly annoying sexist and anti-LGBT comments (without payoff/nuance (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 03, 2015 BrokenTune rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Oct 20, 2011 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! :)
Jun 18, 2017 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the Tony/Carol series finds Tony's newly-formed profilers traveling upcountry to refine their skills in a training environment. Shazz is an overachiever, and particularly intuitive, and finds an otherwise unknown serial offender that has been disappearing 14-15 year old females for several years. She shares her profile with the others, and is poo-poohed. Her alternative - confront the baddie herself.

Engaging storylines, with a serial arsonist confounding Carol's police group. What
Mar 21, 2014 Jean 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
Oct 21, 2016 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book mentioned in a television programme and decided to read it even though it is the second book in a series and I haven't read the first one. It was published long before the revelations in recent years about such celebrities as Jimmy Saville and has an alarmingly prophetic quality about it. Dr Tony Hill is gradually recovering from his experiences in a traumatic case described in 'The Mermaids Singing' and is involved in setting up a new task force to provide offender profi ...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 19, 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
Jun 24, 2016 Lema rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
First of all, let's confirm that this series is continuous and not stand-alone-ish as I first thought. This book contains a lot of references to The Mermaids Singing, and continues where it left off.

Second, Wire in the Blood is NOT a mystery novel, more into the psychological thrillers realm...We are introduced to the full killer CV from the prologue. I was disappointed at first, but it was no less amazing as it managed to hook my attention for all of its 500+ pages despite the few slow section
Jun 14, 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 !
Mary Crawford
Mar 31, 2017 Mary Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A celebrity abuser hides in plain sight while Tony Hill and his new team attempt to firstly identify and then capture him. Carol Jordan has a new job that allows her to help out in an unofficial capacity. This book is less gruesome than the first in the series and it allows the development of the characters as well as introducing a new team. The twists and turns of police investigations as well as how women are perceived in society keeps the story moving along at a good pace.

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
Nov 10, 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
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").
Jan 30, 2017 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. This is an international author and some of the English lingo is hard to follow. Other than that, I have no complaints. I thoroughly enjoyed Tony Hill and Carol Jordan and I'm always on edge and interested to see how they navigate through their respective careers. This is a series I hope to finish by the end of this year.
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.
Aleksandar Obradović
Uz dužno poštovanje svima, ali pravog i napetog trilera nema bez Britanaca. :) Odlično!
Apr 11, 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
Aug 01, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I have to admit that I love these two. DCI Carol Jordan, so professional, so intense, so intelligent and so irreparably inept personally, conversely, attracted and afraid of Tony. Then there's Dr Tony Hill, again, professional, intense, intelligent, twisted, and attracted and afraid of Carol. Makes for a very interesting dynamic as neither of them are going to make the first move. Conveniently, bodies continue to come between them, dead bodies and lots of them.

DCI Jordan has been promoted and he
2.5 stars

This is not my style. This will be some people's (presumably people who liked the first book in the Tony Hill series (The Mermaids Singing).

As anyone who has read my one-star shudder at The Mermaids Singing might wonder why I wanted to read The Wire in the Blood. Well...I *am* a fan of Wire in the Blood (this book lent its name to the TV series, which does not follow the books save a few, such as this one and the first). Yes, it has the same fear factor and uncomfortable fascination wi
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
Apr 22, 2010 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
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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
Dolf Patijn
Aug 28, 2016 Dolf Patijn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Val McDermid knows how to creep me out and I mean this in a good way. Even though personally I'm not all that convinced about the usefulness of profiling, Val McDermid knows how to use it to her advantage and work it into a great series so far. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are believable and likeable characters and the bad guy in this book is also very convincing, especially when you think of some of the celebrity creeps that have surfaced in the UK over the years. I'm looking forward to the next ...more
Feb 17, 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 :)
J.F. Penn
May 22, 2013 J.F. Penn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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.
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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 (10 books)
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