The Torment Of Others (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #4)
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The Torment Of Others (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #4)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,839 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Title: Torment of Others Binding: Paperback Author: Val McDermid Publisher: Harper Collins Paperbacks
Paperback, 466 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Harper (first published 2004)
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Val McDermid's novels featuring psychologist-profiler Tony Hill are always excruciatingly gory portrayals of serial killers, sadists, and tormentors of small children, and this one manages to include all three. Adding to the pain is the presence of McDermid's detective, Carol Jordan, who has survived an undercover operation gone terribly wrong, only to find herself subjecting another officer to the same risk.

Elevating this above the run-of-the-mill exploitation thriller, however, is McDermid's k...more
Dec 03, 2007 Laughinglioness rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: a select few
This story was very well crafted and I couldn't put it down...

But it is, by its very nature, extremely freaky. The descriptions of the crimes that take place are far too graphic for most I suspect. And the nature of the crimes (sexual homicide) are far outside what most folks would want to read about.

However, I fell in love with McDermid's writing style with The Grave Tattoo so it was a foregone conclusion that I would read another. I'm not exactly sorry that I picked this one up but I am glad i...more
Carol Jordan hasn't been back to work since her rape while undercover. I don't thing she was really planning on it till she was offered a premo job in charge of a major crime team. All the team members would be Inspectors she new with one exception from vice.

The team gets 2 tough cases, one was the murder of 2 young boys that went nowhere when a member of the team worked it previously. The other is the murder of some of the working girls on the street.

I really liked the way each team member has...more
It took me a while to get through this. I started it and then hit a block, which happens from time to time, and I've had to resort to listening audio books until I was in the mood to read a physical book again. This is no fault of Val Mcdermid who has really hit her stride with this instalment of the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan story.

Considering the cataclysmic events at the end of the last novel i wondered how this series could resume but with a minimal amount of contrivance she is able to get h...more
Mike Gabor
Woman are being murdered in a most horrific fashion. The cases resemble killings from the past commited by a man named Derek Tyler. However, Tyler is presently locked securely away in a mental hospital. Is this a case of a copy cat killer or is something else going on? Also, two young boys have vanished and the police cannot seem to find a clue. Two very difficult cases that DCI Carol Jordan and her team must try to solve

This is a very good book with a lot going on in it. We again get a good pic...more
aPriL meows, scratches and growls
"Just because you hear voices, it doesn't mean you're mad. You don't have to be well smart to know that. And even though you did all that stuff that made the jury look sick to their stomachs, at least you're clever enough to know that doesn't make you a nutter." -Derek Tyler, currently an inmate of Bradfield Moor Secure Hospital after his conviction for multiple murders and a diagnosis of insanity.

Carol Jordon, Bradford Detective Chief Inspector, needs to prove she is up to the job after being r...more
I started reading Val McDermid because I was watching Wire in the Blood on Netflix streaming on demand. So anyone who says that the television and internet rot people's brains and cause them to stop reading, I call bulls**t. Anyway, I didn't have particularly high expectations of the book, of course it had to be good enough that they made an entire television series out of it, but then again, they've made movies out of Disney rides, right (no, I am not knocking PotC, but come on, the Haunted Man...more
Am so happy to have discovered Val McDermid! Her clean, uncluttered writing style makes all the characters and action jump off the page at you and keeps you deeply ensconsed in the action. Her plotting is masterful. The ever changing group dynamic is terrific in shifting your alliances and raising the stakes. No one is safe here. And even when the killer is revealed 40 pages before the end, the story doesn't stop until the last paragaph. Great detective fiction, whodunnit, suspense, cop drama en...more
DCI Carol Jordan, who I gather was raped in the previous volume of this series (this is the first volume of it I've read), is coaxed back into service to head a new Major Incident Team in Bradfield, a fictional city somewhere in northern England. There she finds that her old friend (and unconsummated lover), criminal psychologist Tony Hill, has likewise recently moved back into the area. Together they solve the cold(ish) case of a double pedophile murder and, more pressingly, that of a particula...more
I get the feeling that this book tries to mask the silliness of its plot by showering the page with as much unpleasantness as possible. I don't really want to make the sadistic nature of the plot the issue here, as it then makes it sound as if the problem could be with my low gore tolerance and high falutin' moral values, but y'know, I have read and enjoyed the likes of American Psycho. It's just that the vivid, barbaric detail doesn't really seem to have a purpose. I know Tony Hill is supposed...more
Aug 11, 2009 Margie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margie by: Dawn
Shelves: mystery, series
My second stab (so to speak) at Val McDermid.

Well-written and engaging, but once again I knew who the killer was with several hundred pages left to go. I much prefer to be in suspense (especially if that seems to be the author's intent - I don't think McDermid meant for it to be so obvious). The sexual violence, while not as explicit/gory as it could have been, was still quite repellent, and left me feeling . . . icky.
I first fell in love with Tony Hill many years ago through the television series imported from England titled "Wire in the Blood" with Robson Green as Tony. Even though the crimes were extremely gruesome and graphic, the characters - especially Tony Hill - pulled me back each week. Then the series disappeared from US television :( but since I wasn't ready to be without Tony Hill, I picked up the books and started reading from the beginning. Robson played the Tony Hill character very well...he wa...more
Angie crosby
Detective novel part of a series of novels about a character Tony Hill, A Psychologist and profiler and a police officer (Constable as it takes place in England). Good interesting book. I will be reading more by this author in the future. Kept my interst, kept me guessing. Didn't figure out who done it until close to the end.
Laura Jean White
Jan 01, 2009 Laura Jean White rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: British mystery fans who don't mind a bit of gore
I'm thinking this is the most recent of the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series, and I enjoyed it very much. Honestly didn't see the identity of the perp coming this time. Highly enjoy the relationship between Tony & Carol and I hope it really evolves in the next book.
Peggy Crawford
A bit more gruesome than I usually read, but the main charcters were interesting and the writing was good. this is the second book by this author that I've read. The other was not in this series, and not as gruesome. I my actually try another.
Read this one a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I like Val McDermid's writing. Her characters are richly drawn and her plots engagingly complex and quite satisfying.
Grusome with some embarrassingly obvious stereotypical characters but when Carol and Tony get together they generate sparks and great good fun.
Carol Jordan goes undercover. It's, of course, dangerous and makes the book even more a page-turner than usually. One of my faves by McDermid.
Jun 30, 2007 Sharon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: SIG
Shelves: mysterythriller
Although still very good, this fourth novel in the Hill/Jordan series seemed a bit formulaic.
Dec 28, 2007 Yvette rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Those who like a good scary read
This book is creepy and scary and I just loved it. Crime , drama and not at all sappy
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Interesting read. I have not read any other books in this series so I do not know much of the back story of Carol and Tony.

Carol Jordan having survived an undercover operation gone wrong is now in charge of her own team and needs to solve two cases. One is a serial killer and the other is a pedophile case. This is her first step in overcoming her insecurities. Dr. Tony Hill is brought in to help with the profile on the serial killer case. Unfortunately to catch the serial killer, Carol will have...more
Ellen Keim
This is the second time I've read this book. I've recently gotten on a Val McDermid kick and didn't realize that I'd read this particular book in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series a while ago as a stand-alone novel. I feel that a book is a good one if you can read it twice and still enjoy it the second time even if you're pretty sure you remember the outcome. That's the experience when I read it this time. Of course, it probably helped that this time I read it in the context of the relationship...more
I liked this book, but I don't know if I'd recommend it. It's pretty long and takes awhile to get to any sort of suspense. The worst part is, I figured out the killer almost immediately. I NEVER figure out the killer - I loves mystery novels particularly because I never seem to figure out who the murderer is, so it's always a surprise. But this one was easy. That was disappointing.

The other thing is, it was unbelievable that EVERYone would love Carol Jordan. The police boss visits her and tells...more
I've been on a real horror kick lately. I guess I've never shaken
that desire to be scared ever since the occasionally grim (or should I
say Grimm?) Magic Realm of Fairy Tales was read to me by my Mom,
oh, about 45 years ago.
This helps to explain why, on my excursions to my favorite used book
stores, the list I'm armed with is still half-full of horror novels. The
rest are assorted science fiction, fantasy, fiction, mystery, etc, etc.
The last time I stepped out of the (totally awesome) Book Gallery
Vanessa Delamare
That was something! It's gripping, sometimes difficult to read - I won't recommend that book to some people who don't feel to read about rape and its consequences - but it is very well written and the emotions are very realistics - perhaps too realistics for some people. In my case, I appreciated the accuracy of tone and though some passages were difficults, they are just more interesting because they put us in the shoes of the protagonists. We feel Carol's fears, the discomfort of the other cop...more
Alex Ling
Verdict: 1.5/5 stars

Due to the rave review of "The Wire in the Blood" mini series and countless acclaims on McDermid's works among some of my favorite authors, I finally get the chance to give this book a try. aybe my expectations are too high after all as this book turns out to be one of the most flat and mediocre fictions I have read recently.

The major problem of this novel is that it is not dramatic enough to grab readers' attention and stimulates their emotional reactions. There is nothing...more
This is actually the fourth book in Val McDermid's Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series, but the first one which I have read.
I tend to choose library books at random, so it's fortunate that each of the books has a stand-alone story.
This series was also the basis for television's Wire in the Blood, although only four of McDermid's books became episodes in the TV programme.

Tony Hill has returned to profiling having spent some time as an academic, while DCI Carol Jordan has just returned to active police...more
Amanda Patterson
"Val McDermid has become our leading pathologist of everyday evil.” Guardian
I agree. Val McDermid is one of the best authors of the police procedural / thriller. Psychologist (Profiler) Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan have to solve a horrifying series of murders. Carol is back in Bradfield after the horror of being raped in Berlin. She is surprised to find that Tony has followed her there. He has taken up a post in the local mental hospital.
A local prostitute is murdered in a ritual of nightma...more
The book is placed in London and therefor is written in England English. Listening to it on tape is nice since the actor reading it does so in an english accent and you can visualize the scenes well. The storyline is good, but it is apparent that there were prior stories that might help understand some of the relationships as well as history of the characters. At times the story is difficult to follow since the actor moves from one storyline to another without a transition - making me think cert...more
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Val McDermid was born and schooled on the east coast of Scotland and then Oxford University after which she became a journalist.

Her first book, Report for Murder was published in 1987 and since then she has gone on to have 25 more books published.

She lives in Manchester and Northumberland with 3 cats.

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