The Last Temptation (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #3)
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...more
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...more
Short version: just as good as I'd hoped it would be.
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...more
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...more
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...more
It is two major plotlines that easily could be / should be two separate novels, doing better justice to both. Carol Jordan goes undercover to...more
As Carol and Tony begin to navigate their relationship into more intimate waters, Carol's s...more
We are really supposed to believe that two people as smart as Carol and Tony are really going to allow themselves to be seen through the front window of a lit up apartment on a dark night? When she is working undercover and knows she's been tailed? Seriously?
I mean, I have never been a victim of violent crime nor worked as a police off...more
A serial killer is on the loose in Europe, always striking near waterways. The serial killer is psychotic because of Nazi atrocities. Carol ends up being on the serial killers death list.
Carol needs help in order to get 'into' the mind of the drug trafficke...more
...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...more
This book gives me many reasons...more
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...more
The characters are still interesting and new ones have been introduced. The main characters are still fairly realistic in that they move forward into their relationship and then backward from it as things happen. None of this happily ever after just a lot of trying to make it work.
The plot covers two stories - one of an serial killer crossing country borders and the other of a sting operation on a big league gangster. With twists and turns, the plot is gripping and exciting.
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.
* Tony Hill & Carol Jordan
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