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The Retribution

(Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #7)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  6,596 ratings  ·  537 reviews
Clinical psychologist Tony Hill has had a good run. He and police detective Carol Jordan have put away scores of dangerous criminals and have a clearance rate that colleagues envy or resent. But there is one serial killer who has shaped and defined their careers, a person whose evil surpasses all others: Jacko Vance, an ex-celebrity and sociopath whose brilliance and utter ...more
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Published September 1st 2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published September 1st 2011)
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Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jacko Vance was first introduced in The Wire in the Blood, and quite a despicable human he is. Twelve years he’s been in prison thanks to Carol Jordan and Tony Hill. Twelve years he’s plotted and planned his revenge. I believe his prison escape plan is highly implausible, but I gave Val McDermid the benefit of the doubt.

With a new supervisor, Carol and her very successful team are being split up. One last case comes in and they would like to go out with a bang. This case isn’t completely
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed with this book. Definitely my least favorite McDermid novel (and I've read the entire Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series and all of her standalone thrillers). As another reviewer noted, it almost seems like she wrote this book merely to punish all the readers who had become invested in Tony and Carol's relationship, which had always had an air of uncertainty about it but which, by Fever of the Bone, felt like it was finally starting to move in a positive direction. She ...more
The Retribution by Val McDermid is the seventh in a series featuring detective Carol Jordan and profiler Tony Hill. In the interest of full disclosure, I won this in a first-reads GR giveaway. However, my review reflects my experience of the book and is not (I don't believe) influenced by this in any way).

I have not read the rest of the series which may in some ways be a disadvantage but which I found believe increased my reading pleasure-I found the references to other stories and back stories
The Retribution is another murder mystery that was free on the Nook recently. It is very definitely not a cozy, however. It's the most recent in a series of books starring police detective Carol Jordan and expert profiler Tony Hill; in this book, a serial killer that Jordan and Hill put away years ago escapes prison and comes back to get his revenge.

If you are a fan of the Jordan/Hill series, then I would say you can't possibly miss this book; a lot of important stuff happens, and I think if
May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm always keen to read McDermid's Tony and Carol in torment tales, and with the added hook of the reappearance of the dastardly Jacko Vance I was anticipating a good read. However, like some of the previous reviewers I felt the story reached a point of twisted brilliance in Jacko's search for revenge but petered off from there with the ending feeling completely implausible and I mean implausible. Val was probably thinking "A-ha, they'll never see that coming" whilst rubbing her hands together ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
I discovered Val McDermid back in the early 1990s when the first of her Kate Branigan series, Dead Beat was published. I've been a fan of her work ever since and have always looked forward to reading her next book. This is the seventh book in the Tony Hill / Carol Jordan series, the first of which, The Mermaids Singing, was published in 1995.

The fact that this is only the seventh book in the series demonstrates that McDermid doesn't churn them out, factory-fashion. In recent years she has
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
I first discovered Val McDermid’s Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series about 7 or 8 years ago and I have been a dedicated fan ever since. The Retribution is not only the latest in the series of seven books but it also reintroduces one of the serial killers from a much earlier book The Wire in the Blood – the evil and twisted Jacko Vance. To be honest, I could barely remember a thing about that book so it wouldn’t make any difference to reading this book out of sequence if you haven’t read ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of the Val McDermid, Tony Hill/Carol Jordan books. I could not wait for The Retribution, it seems so long since Fever of the Bone and was anxious to see what would happen when they moved to West Mercia, into Tony's new home he inherited from his father. This relationship between Tony and Carol is 12 years in the making and I was delighted to see McDermid progress this aspect of the characters story, as it is central to the books. I know this book was going to revisit Jacko ...more
Sylvia Kelso
Have read all of the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan books, imo the best of McDermid's work. I like the density of the Bradfield setting, the complexity and nuancing of all the different minorities and majorities and the pretty complete lack of bias against any of them. I also like the GLBT content, and the fact that people of alternate sexuality aren't either idealised or demonised. I like the fascinating up-dates on police technology. I also like the ongoing relationship between Hill and Jordan - a ...more
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Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Deb Jones
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I prefer reading from the beginning of any series, even if each book can adequately be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone, I began in the middle here. In the future, I will read the first in the series to determine if my misgivings about The Retribution might be allayed by reading the titles in order.

I did understand the back story of Tony Hill's extraordinarily emotionally brutal childhood, but even that didn't answer the questions that came to my mind as to his lack of professionalism
Gloria Feit
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In her twenty-fifth novel, Val McDermid brings back Jacko Vance, introduced to readers in “The Wire in the Blood,” and to television viewers in its wonderful series adaptation. As the book opens, this truly malevolent serial killer, whose resume includes “killer of seventeen teenage girls, murderer of a serving police officer, and a man once voted the sexiest man on British TV” as well as an Olympic athlete and an outwardly charming and charismatic man, has served over 12 years in prison, owing ...more
Diane S ☔
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark, disturbing, psychologically damaged and graphic can be used in various degrees to describe this novel and most of its charaacters. The return of the killer, Jacko Vance, who once had it all but holds many responsible for his imprisonment and downfall vows to get even. Carol Jordan and Tony Hill, the policewoman and the profiler, who will do anything to stop him and put him away again. The characters of Jordan and Hill are unique, they are both damaged for different reasons themselves, but ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Tony Hill and Carol Jordan return for what I hope is their last outing; McDermid has pushed them to extremes over the last sixteen years and there is very little that she can do with them from here. The suspense and tension in this novel are predicated on both characters being terrible at their jobs, and so it doesn't quite work.

The conclusion is thematically impressive but possibly dramatically unsatisfying for the lay reader. By this time, we're entirely too familiar with the characters'
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The diabolical serial killer Jacko Vance after twelve years locked up in prison easily walks out of HMP Oakworth prison and just disappears. The seventh series book from author Val McDermid, "The Retribution", once again partners up DCI Carol Jordan with profiler and highly brilliant Dr. Tony Hill. Unfortunately at this point in their relationship Jordan and Hill are basically not on speaking terms. Ironic since Carol rents out a flat in the basement Of Dr. Hill's house. Carol is in the process ...more
Wow, this was an exciting book, and a real page turner! Jacko Vance, killer from the 2nd book "Wire in the Blood" has escaped prison in a very ingenious way and with the help from outside from Terry Gates he has money and a house to hide in. Now he sets about getting his revenge against his ex-wife, Tony and Carol.

The MIT team is being closed down as their boss wants to save money and Carol has accepted a job in Ambrose's group in Worcester. One last case comes their way - the brutal and
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I've read more of Val McDermids Kate Brannigan series than this series featuring Tony Hill and Carol Jordan but I have also watched a dozen episodes of Wire in The Blood which is based on the pair and it is the book of the same name that first introduces the terrifying killer who is seeking revenge in The Retribution.
Jacko Vance, celebrity and hero was incarcerated for just a single murder of a teenage girl despite the police being convinced he was responsible for at least seventeen, as well as
Nov 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: I'm a fan of Val McDermid
Shelves: fiction
supplied by the publisher in e-galley format

Reading this seventh in the Police Profiler Tony Hill/DCI Carol Jordan series without reading the rest may not be as satisfying as reading them all in order, but I honestly think it can be done. I've only read 3 and didn't feel cheated in the least. I got enough back story to know where I stood and as for the future of the characters, if I get to read the next, so be it, but I won't mind if I don't. Perhaps this is because I am a more of a stand-alone
Sep 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Naomi

I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.

Even after watching several episodes of this TV series, this is the first book I read by Val McDermid.

The plot is based on the escape of Jacko Vance which aim is to revenge his imprisonment due to a previous work of investigation performed by the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.

Entwined with Jacko's story, Tony and Carol started to investigate a serial killer who murdered street prostitutes and
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I am a big fan of Dr Tony Hill and the Wire in the Blood TV series, this book was great, action and interesting twists right from the start, a few murders along the way with the usual dose of psychological analysis. A good fast paced read if you like the crime thriller genre.
Suzi Reid
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Not the best in the Tony Hill series but certainly worth a read if you've been following the series. You cannot read this without reading the preceding books! I listened to this one on audio which I don't do often so not sure if some of the tension was missed due to me listening to it in the car but I just wasn't as gripped by this one as I have been by the rest of the series.
Michelle Boston
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great storyline with a few shockers. The only thing that is annoying is how quick everything is sewn up and finished. Nevertheless, I’ve got the next one in the series sitting beside me.. so book number 8, here we go!
Joanna Flis
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done Val. Again! See you soon Tony.
This is the first Tony Hill/Carol Jordan book I've read, but it didn't seem to matter that I was coming in part way through the series. I really enjoyed this detective thriller - it was gripping and kept me turning the pages. I'll definitely be seeking out more in this series.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book and introduction to Val McDermid and was pleasantly surprised. Love her choice of words! It is ell written! Can't wait to read another.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just when the reader's seen all the twists that McDermid could posit in her novels, a new take on an oft-told storyline makes for another must-read novel. Through a series of cost-saving measures, the MIT is about to be dismantled and its team assigned to other forces. Until then, DCI Jordan embarks on a case to discover who is behind a number of prostitute slayings in and around Bradfield. Each woman is slain in a unique way, leaving the team to wonder if there is a connection. With a similar ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow...Val McDermid's latest book, The Retribution, was literally a non-stop read for me. Picked it up in the morning and finished late that night.

Now, I don't know if you're familiar with this fantastic Scottish author, but if you love crime novels, she's an author you want to read. She has written three series, but my favourites are the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan books. A television series - Wire in the Blood - is also based on these characters.

In The Retribution, Hill, a psychological profiler and
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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

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“Look at you. Finally, you look upset. Is that what's bothering you now?' She stepped close to him and pushed him hard in the chest, making him stumble backwards. 'The fact that you didn't predict this? Didn't work it out? That you're not as smart as you thought you were? the great Tony Hill fucked up and now my brother's dead?' She pushed him again and he had to twist away to avoid falling down the stairs.” 2 likes
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